If you've traveled lately, you know the sensation of being nickel-and-dimed. Faced with skyrocketing operations costs, the hospitality and airline industries are struggling to squeeze every last cent out of their customers. You've certainly experienced it at the airport, where redeeming frequent flyer miles, changing your ticket and even checking your luggage are now transactions that incur additional fees.
This a la carte onslaught continues when you arrive at some hotels, a place where hospitality is being quickly replaced by obsessive bean counting. If you're not careful, you may not even realize you've been slapped with one or more fees until it's too late. As you dash through the hotel lobby on your way to check-out, all you're thinking about is the taxi and your boarding pass. The clerk prints out your bill, you shove it into your bag, sign the credit card slip-and you're on your way. You may never even look at the bill, and that's precisely what the hotel is counting on.
Ten years ago, this article would have been titled "the most annoying hidden hotel telephone fees," but with cellphones now ubiquitous among travelers, hotels must find creative new ways to perk up their bottom lines.