9 Annoying Hotel Scams and Fees to Watch Out for

By Bob Sullivan

When you check into a hotel, don't set let scam artists or misbehaving companies check into your wallet.

There are ripoffs, and there are sneaky fees, but to your wallet, they are the same thing. Together, I call them all "gotchas."

The Federal Trade Commission just published a list of three identity theft-related scams. With some scams, the goal is to get a hold of your credit card number for fraud. You should monitor your bank accounts regularly so you can react early if you become a victim. Also, you may want to consider monitoring your credit score and credit reports for signs of fraud. You can check two of your credit scores for free every month on Credit.com and you can get your credit reports for free once a year at AnnualCreditReport.com.

The New York University Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management says hotels collected a record $2.1 billion in fees last year, up from $1.2 billion a decade ago. No reason to believe this year won't be a record, too.

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If you are going on holiday and will be staying at a prticular resort or hotel for several days in a row, most now have the capability for you to view your bill and all room charges via the TV in the room. I suggest that each morning you check your folio as they update all the accounts at night. This way if you see a suspect charge, you can catch it right away as most people on the day of check out are usually running late for the airport etc and do not usually check their bill at that time. As for places to have food delievered that are on the up and up, the Bell Captain is usually your best and most valuable friend when it comes to things such as this. They usually also know the great hot spots and places that locals go to where you won't get ripped off. However, make sure you show your gratitude to the Bell Person by tipping for their valuable assistance and information. Once you return home check your credit card and bank statements for atleast 2-3 billing periods so that no "last minute or so called late entries show up". Many unscrupulous persons will try what is known as double billing. What they do is to swipe your card twice on a particular day making two imprints and holding the "extra" one for a few weeks or months and then saying it was a lost or misplaced charge not billed. But most of all.........always remember if it sounds too good to be true OR if you have a strange feeling about something, then follow that instinct as it will keep you safe and from getting ripped off.

July 18 2014 at 10:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I stayed in a luxury hotel in Nashville, TN for three days mid-week supposedly at $125 per night, but there was a total of $130 solely in extra "taxes and fee"s for my stay over those three days, including a $20 "hotel fee" (that had an additional tax on it) a "resort fee" of $15/day which included internet usage and the ability to use the hotel shuttle to get places. And there was even a $2 "tax" added to that resort fee! Oh, and don't forget sneaky "parking fees"...the same hotel charged $18/day to park your car there (luckily I was there via public transit so didn't have to pay that one).

July 15 2014 at 11:23 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

The so called "resort" fee is a ripoff. This fee should be charged only if one uses the so called perks which I do not. Hotels avertise a decent night stay and then add the resort fee which can be anywhere between $20 or more bucks. That can get pricey.

July 15 2014 at 9:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

More times than I can count, I've seen parking fees on my bill, even though I had no car. I'm sure they figure that some people are on expense accounts and no one will look at the bill that closely. At $30 a day, if 5 people a week don't dispute, that's an extra $150 for the hotel. I've also been charged for mini-bar items even though I never even opened it. You have to be diligent and look at the charges...preferably before you leave the hotel.

July 15 2014 at 7:25 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Pet fees? Charge as much as you want. I don't care to sleep in rooms with your pet smells and fleas. Leave the thing home. That's whet kennels are for.

July 15 2014 at 6:30 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to ssassociation's comment

That big "surprise" left in your room probably wasn't from anyones pet.

July 16 2014 at 1:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I fee the same way about sleeping in a room where you might have been in.

July 16 2014 at 1:08 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Just read some of the comments, oh boy. Anyway, other no-no's are, stay away from the in-room bar. It may be convenient, but you will pay through the nose for those cute bottles of booze, tiny bags of peanuts and candy bars. Another one is do not order more towels from the front desk, steal them! No, don't take them home, but if you desire more bath towels, pass a maid cart and grab 2. The maid can always get more, but at least you won't get charged. No proof if more than 2 towels are found in your room. Although it is or may be romantic, unless you are not in a passionate state of making 'hay hay', stay clear of room service orders. The surcharge isn't worth the wait. As far as maid service goes, no matter the color, (I couldn't believe the comment), tip the maid by leaving cash in an envelope with the maids name on it. If the service is exceptional, I usually tip $25 per day. Best even is to hand deliver the tip, so that you know it got to where you intended it to go. Happy traveling! Oh by the way, I once had a maid who was black or Afro-American, or what ever you want to call her. We still exchange Christmas cards and when I go to her hotel. I always request her room section. She has become a member of our family. Chicky if you read this, we love you!

July 15 2014 at 5:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why is HP showing a Black woman as maid? That's racism. At the bottom of the picture is a White male guest at the hotel. Is that not stupid and racism? If the owner of the hotel in question is White he should show either a White woman and white guest or a Black woman and Black guest. That will dispel racism. Racists want to keep status quo – Blacks should be slaves. No more.

July 15 2014 at 4:12 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
Gary Astorino

Resort fees in Vegas are the biggest scam and the government needs to step in. I am having to pay for local phone, long distance and wifi for everything I get free with my phone.

July 15 2014 at 3:26 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Who's the rip off ! I wanted 9 Hotel Scams and fees to Watch Out for and got none! Now you got my E-mail add You"ll be buging me now. AOL does the same to me,Up-dates And my computer run like **** also . I never put S.S no# on line

July 15 2014 at 3:25 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I would like to know why microsoft and several other "servers" are constantly puting notices on my screen to sign up for thier services and now that I have not accepted my computer performance is terrible. I never had this happen before.

July 15 2014 at 2:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply