Hidden service fees tipping the scales

Sep 23 2013 - 2:51pm



Extra fees are rising like warm bread dough in the travel, hospitality and food industries. And they do result in extra dough -- for the companies, that is.

A case in point: A few weeks ago my husband and I had business in California, so we decided to spend the night in Las Vegas. In checking prices online, we found many hotels with amazing room rates. The Luxor -- that black pyramid-shaped building on The Strip -- was just $37 per night! Since we were heading into town after a long day of driving, we jumped at the bargain.

In booking the room, we found there was an $18 "resort fee" to cover "amenities" such as a free newspaper, high-speed Internet and the fitness center. Then there was a room tax of 12 percent, and even a 12 percent tax on the resort fee.

By the time we were finished, the fees almost doubled the price of the room. It was still a decent rate, but all those fees made me feel nickel-and-dimed.


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