The biggest scam in travel… Resort fees

Nothing gets me more upset, gets me so animated while talking about travel than Resort fees. Resort fees are a hotel’s way of adding charges to a room to up the price per night. Plain and simple you get no added benefit from a resort fee or added “free perk” that is associated with the resort fee. It is a scam and just a way for them to issue a cheaper per night advertised rate to suck you in.

It seems most hotels are adding in a scam resort fee to their rates, problem is they don’t charge you when you book the room, they wait till you get there to tell you about the fine print of a $25 per night resort fee.

You are probably asking yourself, ” what exactly is included in the extra fee, what am I paying for?” Well taking a look at a popular Las Vegas casino on the strip, which is where Resort fees are out of control, the added cost gets you, ” fitness center access for 2 each day, free local phone calls, and daily wired internet access for one device.” Ok if you are in Vegas and you are using their fitness center each day, you aren’t doing Vegas right. Who uses the phones at the hotel anymore? I don’t think I’ve met a person in the last few years who does not carry a cell phone. As for that wifi, that’s why I have a data plan. You get all that for things you will never use for a paltry $32 a day extra fee. If you are there 7 days that is an extra $224 added on to your room price. In a lot of cases in a place like Vegas, that’s more or almost as much as a week stay. A lot of times I get comp rooms, which is a lie because I would still have to pay the $30 or whatever the price is for their resort fee. You want to stay at a casino with no resort fee? Well it’s pretty tough since only 5 don’t have one and they are no where near the strip.

Resort fees are not just in Vegas too, most hotel chains, most upscale hotels are implementing this scam. They try to keep it from at booking,  but rest assured you will be charged extra for the phones or the gym or the wifi all which you probably will never use.

I am waiting for the day where Walt Disney World starts adding a resort fee, or a cruise line will start adding a cabin fee of some sort. I do not think that is in the near future, but if you look at how much these resorts make on added resort fees you just never know.

Now what you can do while on your stay is ask to see a manager at the desk. Complain about these fees and the fact you never use the phone or never use the wifi or gym.  I know some don’t like doing this but in a lot of cases it may save you some extra money. I have had the resort fee taken off a lot of times, it’s a scam and just an addition to the room rate, nothing more. There is legislation across the country to regulate how hotels advertise their room rates and added fees, so hopefully these resort fees will be gone and more rights for the traveler will be brought up.

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Resort fees are getting out of hand in Las Vegas

I bet if you go to Orbitz, or Hotels.com and you look up the price per night for a 5 day stay in Las Vegas, you will see some pretty good prices. Excalibur May come up $30 a night, Flamingo, Harrahs, Linq, or Luxor May be the same. I bet you say to yourself, “hey that’s a really cheap price for a night in Las Vegas.” I bet you probably would book that right on the spot. But the biggest theft in Travel is waiting for you when you check in.

It’s called the ever popular resort fee. They are becoming all the rage in the hotel industry. Basically what it is is an extra fee on top of that rate you see on Orbitz, or wherever you book your stay. The hotel will probably try to convince you that the resort fee includes some things so it doesn’t seem like they are basically holding you up at gunpoint to steal this extra fee from you.

If you look at some of these hotels and their resort fees, you would think that why would someone agree to this? You get basic stuff that you don’t ever use or would never use, especially in Vegas. Well let’s look at some popular hotels in Vegas. We will see how much PER NIGHT the fee is and what is “included” with this fee:

The Linq- $35.00 includes: internet for one device, fitness center access for 2 guests per day and free local calls.

The New York- New York: $35.00 includes: In room and property wide internet access, in room unlimited local calls, Notarary services and airline boarding pass printing.

Circus Circus- $27.00 includes: fitness center access, in room high speed internet, free in room local calls, and complimentary boarding pass printing.

These are just 3 examples, I could go on and on. But if you look at each hotel there a some themes, fitness center access, local calls and WiFi. Now if you are reading this you are probably thinking “well who the heck goes to the gym in Vegas, why would I need free local calls when every person in America has a cell phone, and do I really need WiFi when I have a data plan on my cell phone also?”. This is very logical thinking right? But you can tell this while checking in and they could care less, they will just tell you the resort fee is mandatory, blah blah blah. I compare this to goingbto a restaurant and just ordering an appetizer and then telling you they are charging you for an entree also, even though you just got an appetizer.

So are you getting what I am saying? You can very realistically not use a thing included in this resort fee, but you still have to pay it. You won’t use the gym, won’t use the phone in the room or WiFi, won’t use notary services and you can just print your boarding pass at the airport. You will still be getting charged that fee. And if you are there for 7 days, that could be as much as an extra $245 on top of what you pay for your room. That’s $245 for absolutely nothing. Getting angry yet?

Problem is most people just deal with it and take it. Figure the hotel rate is so cheap it’s not that bad.. guess what, that’s why they have the resort fee. They get you in with cheap rates and then slam you with the resort fee which they then don’t have to pay the state and local taxes on, and those taxes I’ll talk about another time since the city of Las Vegas figures they can pay for the Raiders new stadium off raising room taxes on visitors to the city.

So resort fees are garbage, it’s stealing. Don’t think it’s just primarily in Vegas though, it’s all over and spreading. Government regulation is needed to reign in these hotels from stealing from tourists and others visiting their hotels. Sadly, most politicians are being paid off by these hotels to look the other way and let this unregulated theft go on. That’s what this is is just legalized theft.