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Are you using the ‘extras’ that you’re paying for?

By September 16, 2014 No Comments

Almost everyone has, at some point, found themselves paying the “add on fees” that come with air travel. And while it can be frustrating, we might as well get used to it–they’re not going anywhere. In fact, hotels have jumped on the “What else can we charge them for?” bandwagon.

A recent article, “Mimicking the airlines, hotels get fee-happy,” reported that hotels will be earning $2.25 billion in revenue this year from these additional charges, most of which is pure profit. Instead of trying to understand “Why,” I think it’s best for travelers to first understand “What.” While additional charges are supposed to be disclosed prior to your stay, some might be unexpected. It’s best not to assume things are as they once were, even at your usual destinations.

Here are some of the items that might be costing you in hotel fees:

  • Towel replacement
  • Business center
  • Fitness room
  • In-room safe
  • Bellman gratuities
  • Newspaper service
  • Energy surcharge
  • Early check-in
  • Late check-out
  • Shuttle service
  • Baggage-holding
  • Wi-Fi
  • Donations to local charities
  • Receiving mail
  • In-room coffeemaker

It’s best to be on the safe side. If you need further clarification regarding the “extra” charges, be sure to ask the front desk.

Rose Pylidis

Rose Pylidis

Rose has been part of the Christopherson team for more that 16 years. When she's not building connections and solving business travel problems, she's volunteering on humanitarian trips. Find Rose on LinkedIn.

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