Stupid. I refuse to book hotels with resort fees. Just raise the rates of the rooms. It is a sneaky way of trying to seem cheaper on hotel searches.
posted: Mar. 6, 2013 @ 4:45p
They've been charging a resort fee ever since it became a mandatory tax, except Caesars properties never itemized it on the bill. Now they're either itemizing it or straight up jacking up the rates on the rooms.
Kinda like how Southwest says they don't charge a baggage fee for now, but it's already built into the price. On the last quarterly conference call Southwest said they're not opposed to charging a baggage fee in the future.
Quote from Tammy Romo CFO at Southwest: "I can give you my, at least, my own views on that. I don't think our brand is Bags Fly Free, that's not who we are. As I mentioned, our brand is the affordable fares that you get with Southwest and the friendly, warm service that you get from our employees. So I don't think -- an advertising campaign is not your brand. So at least, that's my belief. And we'll continue to look at our plan and adjust as we need to meet our financial objectives. Now again, at least so far, based on our internal analysis, we certainly have not concluded that charging for bags would get us there because we have grown our market share pretty dramatically over the period of time that you're referring to. So -- but as always, we'll continue to evaluate that. But if we can continue to not charge for bags, that certainly would be a differentiator. But do I personally think that's critical to the brand? I just -- I'd kind of put that in a different category."
As a consumer seeing this tax items itemized on a bill really hurts. Try eating at a restaurant in San Francisco and seeing a Health Care Surcharge itemized on the tab. On first blush, to people not from the area it looks like the surcharge is a remedy for a currently existing food safety problem.
posted: Mar. 6, 2013 @ 6:43p
I am also boycotting hotels with sneaky resort fees. Just raise the price. Doesn't their marketing people realize they lose a customer every time they plastered an unexpected charge?
posted: Mar. 6, 2013 @ 7:36p
Big Liar said: This is in response to the increasing demand from our guests to provide a package price instead of the inconvenience of separate fees. What a load. "The Quad" aka Imperial Palace, should pay it's guests a dump fee. I think CaesarsHarrahs was waiting to see if the other "resorts" got hit with class action suits before instituting this.
posted: Mar. 7, 2013 @ 11:00a
homerj31 said: Stupid. I refuse to book hotels with resort fees. Just raise the rates of the rooms. It is a sneaky way of trying to seem cheaper on hotel searches.
posted: Mar. 7, 2013 @ 1:17p
Seems eventually, all Vegas hotels will have a resort fee. Are they all really hurting financially???
posted: Mar. 7, 2013 @ 1:33p
On Black Friday i was able to snag Flamingo for $7.50 a night. This change will mean $40 is resort fees alone
posted: Mar. 7, 2013 @ 3:01p
Damn it, I was wondering about this on the drive back. Last week I stayed at the Flamingo for $19/nt and I was thinking if they charged a resort fee, it would be as much as the room rate. This really sucks! Especially for those who have points from the Great Race. UGH!
posted: Mar. 8, 2013 @ 7:03a
It's not just Vegas. Hotels/Resorts all over in popular destinations have been doing this for some time (e.g. Florida). During a recent stay at NY NY in Vegas, we had issues getting to our room everyday as the card was not working properly on the elevator, it was a huge pain and I mentioned it when asked how my stay was when checking out. The representative apologized and credited me back the 6 days worth of resort fees w/o me asking for anything
posted: Mar. 8, 2013 @ 11:41a
Some places will probably refund it upon request (i.e. The stupid wireless internet that was included never worked!) and other places are hard as a rock to persuade. My biggest beef is that some hotels don't advertise it upfront and gives an illusion that their rates are less than others. I should start a class-action on this as it could easily fall under deceptive advertising practices (for some hotels).
posted: Mar. 11, 2013 @ 9:48p
They were charging for water, internet, fax, printing and some gyms. Now they act like it includes all of this when most of the time you don't need any of it.
posted: Mar. 12, 2013 @ 9:45a
Giving a resort fees is much better than not going to book a room at any place while travelling.But may be its there strategy to make things better for themselves and then coming to provide good services to us.Its just an opinion i personally feels.
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posted: Mar. 12, 2013 @ 10:27a
One solution is loyalty - the Tropicana is waiving resort fees for Hilton Hhonors Diamond members (it is now a doubletree), most casinos offer comps for regulars.
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