Joeman
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March 31st, 2016 at 7:19:31 AM permalink
I read where Senator Claire McCaskill has introduced a bill that would effectively eliminate the dreaded Resort Fee. Not sure whether or not it will get any traction.

USA Today Article
Congressional Website

BTW I love the first sentence of the last paragraph of the article!
Quote: USA Today

The [American Hotel & Lodging] Association also says that mandatory resort fees are declining and have been historically low since 2004.

Wow. Just wow.

The thing is, I don't think I even knew the term "Resort Fee" in 2004.
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Gabes22
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March 31st, 2016 at 7:38:03 AM permalink
Looking into it, it seems the bill is gonna die in committee
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Ibeatyouraces
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March 31st, 2016 at 7:44:29 AM permalink
They'd just take the fee and add it to the room cost anyway. Doesn't make one iota of a difference.
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March 31st, 2016 at 7:46:59 AM permalink
duplicate
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Gabes22
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March 31st, 2016 at 7:50:04 AM permalink
Quote: Ibeatyouraces

They'd just take the fee and add it to the room cost anyway. Doesn't make one iota of a difference.



True, but as has been pointed out here before, I think at least a portion of the resort fee craze in Vegas is getting something on the hotel side from a comped room. That said, I would prefer to pay for my room up front before I get there and not have $200 added on for my week long trip at the end of vacation. I have no problem with paying for a checked bag, but I would like that included in the cost of an airline ticket and not have to pay additional for a checked bag, for food on the plane etc.
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Romes
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March 31st, 2016 at 8:49:35 AM permalink
Quote: Ibeatyouraces

They'd just take the fee and add it to the room cost anyway. Doesn't make one iota of a difference.

That's a huge difference. Why do you think they add/hide the "resort fee" on the bill instead of just adding it to the room cost? It's so they can get their "room rates" as low as possible for all of the online search engines and people who sort by price.

It's kind of like people on ebay who sell a diamond for $1, but then charge $1,000,000 for shipping.

This would force them to be upfront about their charges/rates instead of trying to outwardly lie with "ONLY $9 PER NIGHT ....plus $100 in resort fees."
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Gabes22
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March 31st, 2016 at 9:05:46 AM permalink
One thing that pisses me off more than anything as a customer is being nickel and dimed. If something costs me $250 bill me $250. Don't bill me $150 then $25, then $40 then $15, then $20.
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March 31st, 2016 at 9:14:00 AM permalink
Another similar such scam.... "We will send you a FREE bottle of supermegaultravita pills....., just pay postage and handling.... $12 per bottle....."
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March 31st, 2016 at 9:19:16 AM permalink
Some places won't cover the resort fee under a comp, that's annoying, especially if you spend five nights. Basically i'm spending $20 a day for crappie internet.
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Romes
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March 31st, 2016 at 9:32:05 AM permalink
Quote: AxelWolf

Some places won't cover the resort fee under a comp, that's annoying, especially if you spend five nights. Basically i'm spending $20 a day for crappie internet.

This is what boggles my mind... It's a "comp"... that's short for COMPLIMENTARY. How on Earth are you going to give me a COMPLIMENTARY stay/room and then charge me $100 at the end of your hypothetical 5 night stay?

Everything now days is about boning the customer. Bean counters figured out "hey, if we double our prices, we'll lose 35% of our customers, but the remaining paying the higher amount will make us more money!" They have ZERO vision for brand or the future as what they're doing to make their quarterly profits is piss off their customer base.

If I had the money to compete, I'd put TWC, Resort Fee's, and Airlines out of business. How? By running commercials that say "Are you tired of (insert all the stuff we're talking about? Well, here's how our company works... We have one set price. That includes everything, including tax, and you'll never pay another penny past what we mark it at. We also value our customers, so we're not going to jack our prices up knowingly losing some of you but making an extra 10% in profits. We want all of our customers to be happy. Shop/Fly/Stay with us and we won't screw you around."

I feel like that's literally all you need as this is what the vast majority of the public is craving... but companies see the opportunity to make $105 million instead of $100 million and they want to impress share holders so they fist the customer to get that extra $5 million.
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