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Travel Alert – Extra Hotel Fees On the Rise

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Traveler's Guide Alert – Extra Hotel Fees On the Rise

It seems like the world has gone a la carte crazy. Airlines have been enjoying the profits from surcharges for everything from the no-longer-complementary packet of peanuts to your seat location, and this travel alert details the extra hotel fees that are on the rise.

Air travel isn’t the only sector cashing in on fees. Hotels have jumped on the bandwagon according to various guest reports and a new study from Bjorn Hanson, a professor at New York University’s School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism.

No More Standard Freebies

What were once considered standard amenities are no longer freebies. Something as simple as the using the coffee maker now comes with a fee. New York City’s Empire Hotel reportedly charged a guest $3 for using the Keurig located in their room. While parking in city hotels usually comes with a fee for use of the garage, suburban chains are starting to charge guests for use of the park lot.

Location, Location, Location

These fees can be confusing as they can vary not only from chain to chain, but from property to property. A chain location on one side of the city might charge for parking, but the same hotel across the street might not. Same goes for other surcharges and fees covering everything from wifi to breakfast.

What’s A Traveler To Do?

Check and double-check with the hotel you will be staying at for a list of fees that can usually be found on the hotel’s website. To be extra safe, call the hotel directly – don’t use the 800 number. Using review sites like Yelp and Tripadvisor will also help reveal any unexpected charges or issues.

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18 Comments

  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    Thanks for the heads up on this. I travel a lot and the last thing I want to do is pay extra fees! Dirty pool, hotels. Dirty pool.

  2. Monica says

    We too have noticed the extra fees popping up everywhere! Great tips on deal sites- we also use undercover tourist to find deals.

  3. Vera Sweeney says

    Ugh. You know, I’m not surprised by this. It seems like extra fees or hiked fees are becoming more and more prevalent. I don’t like it, though!

  4. Pam Wattenbarger says

    Wow, I had no idea that hotels were doing this. The charging for the use of the Keurig is kind of crazy.

  5. Bill Sweeney says

    I don’t like it, but I’m not surprised. These guys are trying to make money any way they can, just like any other business.

  6. Cacinda says

    That is so annoying! It already costs enough to spend a night in a hotel and now charging for use of the coffee machine..

  7. Meagan says

    My husband works for a hotel. He has to tell guests about many of these.

  8. Arlett ( Chasing Joy) says

    Wow fees for using the coffee machine in the room??? That’s crazy. I’ll be double checking all the fine print before my next hotel stay.

  9. Theresa says

    Well, that just stinks! We do a lot of traveling in the summer and these extra fees are not going to be fun to work into our budget.

  10. Mandee Suchland says

    Its sad how much companies are nickel and diming you anywhere they can these days. I am going to keep this in mind the next time we book a hotel because it can go unseen for sure.

  11. Jeanine says

    I had no idea about any of these. Good to know. I don’t travel often but in April I’ll be traveling to 2 different hotels so this is good to know up front. I can now do my research!

  12. Louise Bishop says

    In certain larger areas, the fees are definitely different than smaller areas. However, I think it’s because they feel they can get away with it.

  13. Kita Bryant says

    Ugh, I’ve noticed this. When we went to Florida, they charged for really basic things that didn’t make a ton of sense.

  14. Dawn McAlexander says

    I have noticed the uptick in fees for little things in hotels. I have actually been charged for using the shampoo and body wash in the bathroom. That is ridiculous.

  15. Crystal says

    Boo! It can be so cost-prohibitive to try to explore. Hate to think that those little fees make it more challenging. Even more motivated to find hot deals.

  16. Shannon Gurnee says

    Oh man – I hate all of the extra fees there already are on our hotel bills. Thanks for sharing this information!

  17. Kiwi says

    Yeah traveling charges can get outlandish. I once had to pay for something real crazy, booking for the wrong flight (it was in reverse) and they didnt give me much of a deal so it was like I was almost buying a whole new one way ticket it was the worst!

  18. Amanda Love says

    I agree, there are so much more charges these days and that’s why I usually prefer to stay in the houses that you can find in Airbnb. It has more amenities without the extra costs. I think it’s important to do your research and make sure that you have everything covered.

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