Watch Out for Sneaky Hotel Fees

(Memphis) Experts have predicted higher prices for hotel stays this holiday season. 

However, it’s not just the room rate consumers need to worry about. 

Everyone should watch out for sneaky, hotel fees.

We’ve all likely booked a hotel room, online at one price, only to pay something completely different at check out. 

Experts say this is the result of what’s called “drip pricing.”

Guests can be charged for everything from internet access to newspapers, but those costs are often disguised as “service fees” or “resort fees,” so customers may not realize it.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, the fees can be as high as $30 per night.

The government is now getting tough on drip pricing.

The FTC recently sent warning letters to more than 20 hotel chains explaining they could be breaking the law by not properly advertising their real rates online. 

So is there a way to avoid it? First, always read the fine print before booking a reservation.

If you are charged fees you didn’t know about, contest them. Ask a manager to remove them. Another tip, use your credit card when booking.

That way, you can request a charge back if you’re hit with a different amount than you agreed to.

Hotels aren’t the only places you’ll see drip pricing. Experts say it’s also common among airlines, car rental agencies, car dealers and telecommunications companies.

You can also report drip pricing to the FTC. Click here to file a complaint.


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