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Travel Tip: What You Should Know About Deceptive Pricing at Hotels

We’ve all heard complaints—in some cases we’re the complainers—when it comes to airlines being accused of nickel and diming their passengers.

Many hotels are now following that airline behavior.

It all comes down to something called the resort fee.

It’s not part of a hotel’s advertised rate, but it gets added to your bill to cover things ranging from health club access to getting a towel at the pool.

Many hotels are simply trying to be competitive on rate.

But are they being competitive on value when they add those extra charges and don’t let you know about it at the time of booking?

Currently, the attorneys general of 46 states are investigating deceptive pricing techniques at major hotel chains.

When you’re booking a room, have a conversation with the hotel and ask if it will be charging a resort fee.

That fee can run you $30 a day—sometimes even more.

If they fail to disclose this fee, and you see it on the bill later, you can dispute it.

Why pay for it in the first place if you don’t need it?

Remember, in the travel industry, everything is negotiable. So negotiate.

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