Offers real value for the price paid for the amenities included in resort fees without decreasing the benefits normally offered exclusive of a resort fee, and
Implements resort fees as optional, rather than mandatory
Charging mandatory resort fees after a reservation is booked is a predatory practice that is deceptive at best — and this practice needs to stop immediately. In my opinion, resort fees are a method to artificially offer — and advertise — a lower room rate. Resort fees are no different from the allegedly deceptive practices of Spirit Airlines and Ryanair, both of which are purported low-cost carriers which charge excessive mandatory fees to recover revenue lost by offering ridiculously low airfares.
Do not patronize hotel properties which implement a mandatory resort fee — especially if you will not benefit from it. These properties are typically found in touristy resort areas such as parts of the Caribbean, Orlando, Las Vegas or Hawaii — although they can be found almost anywhere.
If the hotel property does disclose that a mandatory resort fee is charged and you really want to stay there, contact the management of the property and inform them that you will not stay at their property unless they agree not to charge you the resort fee.
If you are informed of resort fees for the first time when checking into a hotel property, adamantly refuse to pay it. Walk out of the hotel property if the front desk agent refuses to oblige, or contact the corporate office of the lodging company of which the hotel property is branded to submit an official complaint.
Although it takes some effort, FlyerTalk members have been able to successfully avoid paying resort fees — and you can as well. There is no reason for you to be forced to pay for something you did not use — let alone be unfairly charged additionally after you already paid for it or reserved it.
Please share your experiences and stories about being the “victim” of egregious mandatory resort fees.