Hotels have been creative in coming up with various junk fees over the years. What have we seen so far? Electricity surcharge, resort and destination fees, fees for paying using a credit card, housekeeping, and various other fees and surcharges.
Hotels love to have mandatory fees and surcharges that are not included in the headline price but are hidden in the taxes, although they are nothing more than a money grab for the hotels.
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A LoyaltyLobby reader alerted us about a discussion on FlyerTalk about a new fee that two Marriott-affiliated Los Angeles International Airport area hotels have introduced:
Please note – A daily Hotel Worker Protection Ordinance Costs Surcharge-local fee of USD 10.72 plus tax will be added to the room rate.
How are these displayed during the booking process?
Los Angeles Airport Marriott
Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel
There should be a complete ban on all these junk fees that travel providers, not only Marriott, have tried to introduce over the years, trying to make the headline price look lower than it is.
You also have to remember that this specific fee would also be collected on award stays, as Marriott’s rewards only cover the actual room rate and taxes, and not any additional fees or surcharges.