Look out for minibar restocking and baggage holding fees
Hotel fees in the US rose 5.4% in 2012 to $1.95 billion and they will increase again worldwide in 2013. Bjorn Hanson, divisional dean at New York University’s Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management, outlines five annoying new hotel fees to look out for this year, in the US and elsewhere.
He lists: minibar restocking fees (from $2.50 to $5.95), once the first item is removed; baggage holding fees ($2 per bag, not including tips); tiered Wi-Fi fees according to the bandwidth used; early departure fees, with the full rate charged if you depart a day earlier than you booked; and cancellation fees charged 48 or even 72 hours before arrival.
[pictured: Bottom-up view of the Shanghai Grand Hyatt’s 33-floor atrium]