Brave Sir Robin,Apparently you and 4 other people didn't read
my comment correctly. Subtractive model = removing cost when not using a
service. That's what I argued in favor of. ;)
Article quote: "At the Liberty Hotel in Boston a cold can of Coke from the
minibar costs $5. That's just the base price. The fine print on the menu
reveals an 18-percent "administrative fee" to restock the bar."$5 for a can of soda? Price gouging. Illegal.Article
quote: "Even moving an item in the minibar can generate a fee. The Aria
Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, like many other hotels, bills items to
guests' rooms if sensors in the minibar note they have been removed for
more than 60 seconds — enough time, hotels say, to read the nutritional
information and make a decision."That is down right criminal.
Nothing more than legalized theft if you do NOT eat/drink/consume the item.
Does a store charge you for simply picking up a package of cookies? No, and they
can't, either. Article quote: "The Aria goes one step
further. It also charges a $25 a day "personal use fee" if a guest puts
their own soda or bottled water in the minibar."Again, price
gouging and therfore criminal.If they didn't reverse the
charges, especially on the UN-used food, I'd sue.
Vote with your feet. Get on the website and complain. If you make the
reservation through a third party, warn others in your evaluation.The
worst thing you can do is pay the fees and remain silent about it.
Thanks for exposing these charges. I think if people keep this widely known and
avoid hotels where these excessive charges are made, maybe these chains will
feel the crunch and re-evaluate. Just maybe! Businesses don't like bad
publicity! I don't like to be duped!I always book ahead with
Expedia or something that allows a substantial discount. If a couple of chains
would start advertising that they do not have these add-on charges, it would
also alert the public on a broader scale.I learned recently that
when I booked our air flights online on Delta with my Delta AE, we were each
allowed to check one bag aboard at no extra charge. That is worth knowing!
Sounds like Obamacare!
The resort fee is a shocker when you check out, That should be disclosed up
fount. Don't open the fridge or pick up a candy bar every thing is
digitally transmitted to your bill even if ya didn't take it, ya only
picked it up and read the price on it. The charges add up fast if every one in
the room does it. It a big WOW.
Charge 'em for the lice, extra for the miceTwo percent for looking in
the mirror twiceHere a little slice, there a little cutThree percent
for sleeping with the window shutWhen it comes to fixing pricesThere
are a lot of tricks I knowsHow it all increases, all them bits and
piecesJesus! It's amazing how it grows!
I know it. I Live it. I Love it."A fee model isn't
necessarily bad."No, but it depends on what you define as a fee.
For me a fee is when you pay extra for an extra service that you choose to use.
The operative word there is choose. Want to charge me a fee to watch my bags
for a few extra hours? No problem - it was my choice. If I choose to keep my
bags with me, I don't have to pay the fee.The problem is, many
of these "fees" aren't optional. For example, the "resort
fee" we all pay in Vegas, which supposedly covers the use of the pool/gym.
If you don't use the pool/gym, you still pay the fee. In this case,
it's no longer a fee - it's part of the cost of the room since you pay
it regardless. That's the part of this fee-based model that I have a
Frontier Airlines has a fee for everything, but they are cheaper too. They
don't include everything in your cost in order to do it. A fee model
isn't necessarily bad. The problem is when your model is additive rather
than subtractive to the cost burden of the customer. Unfortunately, few major
airlines and few major hotel corporations will operate with that in mind.
Nothing beats a Marriott for the price. But you're still nickled and dimed
a bit.For me, it's as simple as this...We need
JetBlue to go more places, have more hubs, and go internationalWe need a
JetBlue of the hotel industry