“When booking a trip, there’s one thing most folks don’t like to see: fees… travel providers need those revenue streams in order to maintain or improve their current levels of service. The difference in travel is that the recent fee expansion has created both a heightened sensitivity from customers and a trial/error period for providers. That’s not a great combination, but problems can be easily avoided if you know what to look for:
–Call properties that you’re interested in before you book. Make sure you know about all the additional fees charged and find out what they cover.
–If you’ve already made a reservation, you should read the confirmation pages. All fees should be included in the fine print. If you happen to have a longer stay or are not planning to use some hotel services that have fees associated with them, consider calling the hotel to see if you can negotiate the fees down. And if you don’t like the total costs, chances are good you can also cancel the booking, but be sure to look into this more than 48 hours in advance.
–If you discover fees at your hotel check out that weren’t clearly disclosed to you in writing, point them out to the staff and ask them to be removed.
–Join the hotel’s loyalty program, which often gives you some added perks including waiving some fees.
–When booking on travel sites, look for tabs or dedicated areas on the booking page that specifically outline fees that could be added to the total cost of your trip. These should account for any mandatory fees, and in some cases will mention optional fees a well.
–Lastly, the best way to avoid added fees from a property is to just choose one that doesn’t charge them. The hotel environment can be competitive, and some hotels may remove fees to get a price advantage and, therefore, more customers. Also, sometimes it makes sense to pay a higher per night base price for a hotel that does not charge extra fees.”
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