From Business Insider
Forget bad weather, traffic jams, and kids asking, "Are we there yet?"
The real headache for many travelers is a quickly growing list of hotel
surcharges, even for items they never use.
Guaranteeing two queen beds or one
will cost you, as will checking in early or checking out late. Don't
need the in-room safe? You're most likely still paying. And the
overpriced can of soda may be the least of your issues with the hotel
Vacationers are finding it harder to anticipate the true cost of
their stay, especially because many of these charges vary from hotel to
hotel, even within the same chain.
Coming out of the recession, the travel industry grew fee-happy. Car
rental companies charged extra for services such as electronic toll
collection devices and navigation systems. And airlines gained notoriety
for adding fees for checking luggage, picking seats in advance,
skipping lines at security, and boarding early. Hotel surcharges predate
the recession, but recently properties have been catching up to the
rest of the industry.
"The airlines have done a really nice job of making hotel fees and
surcharges seem reasonable," says Bjorn Hanson, a professor at New York
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