7 tips to beat hotel fees
Some places charge for everything, including Internet access and parking.
The average price of a hotel stay is expected to jump 4% this summer, according to the consulting firm STR. Average rate? $106.64.
But there are ways to beat that price, like booking early or simply asking for a better deal. But even with a better rate, hotels have found another way to get your money: fees. Some hotels are tacking on mandatory fees for everything from daily newspaper delivery to an "energy fee." In the video below, Stacy Johnson explains how to beat them. Check it out and read on for more tips.
Stay in a mom-and-pop hotel. The simplest way to avoid the extra fees is to stay in a smaller, privately owned hotel that doesn't charge them. Many small hotels and resorts compete with the big chains by not charging for local calls, umbrellas, towels or anything else.
Unfortunately, there's no meta-website that lets you search all small hotels around the country. Your best bet is to search the official visitor information site for your destination. So, for example, if you're heading to Disney World, check out Visit Central Florida, which lists hotels both big and small.
Wi-Fi isn't the only way to save. You can pick up your own morning newspaper, find a late-night diner for after-hours meals, or wash your own clothes at a local coin laundry. If you have a smartphone, use a free app like Yelp to help you find local businesses.
Ask the front desk to remove any extra charges you don't think you deserve. If they won't, get a manager.
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