Just like with airline baggage and other fees, hotel extras are cropping up that can very quickly erode your fantastic deal.
In fact, the better your deal, the more likely you are to encounter many of these surprises.
Guests are often being segregated by the rate which they pay in order to determine what extra charges will be applied. Therefore, if you’re paying a great rock bottom price, expect to see additional charges.
Determine in advance what add-on fees might be applied to your bill.
Remember that when you use Priceline (and even Expedia or Orbitz), the hotel receives only about 75% of the total of your hotel bill. When you get a great rate, sometimes too good to be true, the hotel needs to find ways to recoup its losses.
At one Big Island hotel I stay at, for example, self-parking is free unless you are using Priceline. In that case a $15 per day charge is added. Also, forget the opportunity to upgrade and check in early or check out late on a Priceline rate.
Before using Priceline at one of the Hawaii resorts, you may want to see what other daily charges apply including resort fees. That way you’ll have a better idea of what your actual costs will be.
Take a look at the hotel website deals before bidding on Priceline.
You may find more things included by giving the money directly to the hotel. Some fees may be waived and you have more power to negotiate everything.
If you’ve been stung by the hotel “fee-bee” be sure and share your comments.