When Eric Childs books the wrong dates for a trip through Priceline, he thinks his entire vacation is lost. But maybe it isn’t.
Check your bill.
It’s the last thing you do when you leave the hotel. And when Patrick Thomas did it recently, he found a shocker: a $250 fee.
For smoking marijuana.
Wasn’t him, says Thomas. He’d booked the hotel room in Sheboygan, Wis., for two nights for a friend, who claims no one smoked pot in the room.
When it comes to booking a hotel online, what you see isn’t always what you get.
Christina Daves knows. On several occasions, she’s shopped for a hotel room online and then clicked through to make a reservation, only to discover she was actually dealing with a third-party site that looked like a hotel site.
Is this an ocean view room?
The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas in Maui says it is. Rosemary Tonsani says it isn’t.
This winter was long and arduous, especially if you lived in Massachusetts. Thomas and Joyce Dresser were ready for some much-needed fun in the sun.
They booked their escape from Providence to San Juan, with a night in the San Juan airport hotel, and then they were off to Virgin Gorda.
They were supposed to depart February 21 and return a week later. At least that was the plan.
Hotels like to compare their mandatory daily surcharges to airline fees, but the truth is, they’re nothing like them. Most airline fees are avoidable. Resort fees aren’t.
Travelers who don’t care about where they sit, when they board, and who can bring their own food but still pack lightly can actually travel without paying additional fees.
For David Pollard, the “aha” moment came after he booked a hotel room in Los Angeles through Hotwire.
Hotwire and its competitor, Priceline, offer what are called “opaque” rooms, which is to say you don’t find out the name or exact location of the property until after you’ve made a non-refundable reservation. Instead, you’re given the hotel’s anonymous star rating. And the hotel he’d booked, the Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Airport, had four stars.