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Most Annoying Travel Fees

Most Annoying Travel Fees: Resort Fee

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Resort Fee

It’s an unpleasant surprise to learn at check-in that you’re required to pay a $20–$30 daily surcharge to cover the cost of amenities (newspaper delivery; fitness center access) that you may not use. Since these fees don’t figure into the advertised room rate, they make it hard for a price-sensitive traveler to find the best lodging option. And it’s not just travelers who are annoyed; the Federal Trade Commission warned 22 hotel operators that such deceptive practices could be violating FTC laws.

Tip: Call and ask the front desk directly if there is a resort fee before you book—especially if you’re doing so through a third party such as an online travel agent or daily deal site.

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