TAKE ACTION. SAVE AMERICAN TRAVELERS!
Make sure that Americans & all the great people around the world who visit Las Vegas leave with nothing more than a hang over. By allowing hotels to trick tourists to America's most popular tourist destinations, we are all allowing travelers to be cheated.
So what can you do?
1) Contact Congress
2) File an FTC Complaint
3) Write a TripAdvisor and Yelp Review of Your Hotel
4) Contact the Attorneys General
5) Take it to Social Media
6) Let State Legislators Know
7) Contact Your Local Newspaper + TV News Stations
The FTC can only enforce the rules that Congress enacts. So if you file an FTC complaint, they really can only follow up with your dick hotel. For sweeping legislation freeing all Americans from trick resort fees, you need to contact those amazing people you elected to represent you in Washington, DC. Congress did manage to unite to pass a law in the last year banning those weird bead things in soap so anything is possible. Let's unite together to end deceptive hotel pricing. Here how to contact your representative. Here are your Senators Don't forget to blast them on Twitter as well. Here is a list of Members of Congress on the Twitter. Senator McCaskill introduced a bill to kill resort fees, the Truth in Hotel Advertising Act, on February 25, 2016 . Now - let's work together to pass it.
FILE AN FTC COMPLAINT
The FTC regulates unfair and deceptive hotel prices. One could say that advertising one rate online, paying that rate up front online and then being forced to pay more money when you arrive at the hotel to get your key is unfair and deceptive. If you think so too, file a complaint about your hotel with the FTC. They have this nifty video. Just go to ftc.gov/complaint. For resort fees you'd file under Category -> Other. Then on the other page click for MORE OPTIONS to get to Page 2 of the Other page. There you will see Travel, Vacations and Timeshares. If you booked online you can say you initiated contact, then travel or vacation related service package, then fill out the claim. Easy, breezy, FTC complaint.
WRITE A TRIP ADVISOR AND YELP REVIEW OF YOUR HOTEL
Gain an incredible sense of personal validation by getting your thoughts out there. Let your fellow citizens of the internet age know just how shitty it is to go to Miami in 55 degree weather with 30mph winds and be forced to pay a resort fee. Let others know about the scams out there. If paying an extra $30 a day does not bother you, then just talk about the hotel. But if paying an extra $30 a day for some sort of bogus extra room rate / resort fee / facilities fee to get your key does bother you, let the world know. The power is at your fingertips. Here is a link to Yelp and here's one to Trip Advisor.
CONTACT THE ATTORNEYS GENERAL
State attorney generals offices have the ability to cut this shit out as well. The attorney general is the chief legal officer of the state. One would hope that the chief legal officer of the state would be able to put an end to deceptive hotel pricing shenanigans but a lot of dreams have died before.
CRITICIZE YOUR HOTEL ON SOCIAL MEDIA
You will get a response quicker on Twitter to your complaints than probably anywhere else. Certainly quicker than waiting for legislation from Congress. Public internet shaming is a very effective tool. So blast any and all offending hotels. Just @ a member of Congress too while you are at it. Did you stay at a Doubletree by Hilton in Key West? Tweet at them (@GrandKeyResort), Doubletree by Hilton (@doubletree) and Hilton (@HiltonHotels). Preach it out down the whole chain. Tell the world. #resortfee
LET LOCAL STATE LEGISLATORS KNOW
Just like Congress in lovely Washington, DC, state legislators have the power to enact laws protecting tourists as well. The states of Hawaii, California, Nevada, Florida, Arizona and North Carolina. If you think not disclosing the full price of a night's stay is a horrible move, let those state legislators know. You do not need to live in the district to let the representatives know that you got a shit deal traveling to their district. Anyone can call. Here are a few state legislators you may want to reach out to: Hawaii - Florida - Nevada - California - North Carolina - Arizona -
CONTACT YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER + TV NEWS STATIONS
Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper explaining your disappointment about hidden resort fees. Contact your local TV news station's investigative reporting division and ask them to go after hotels that charge these fees to publicize the issue further. The only people that want the resort fee scam to continue are the hotels themselves. The hotel lobby is powerful and they will throw all the money they can around to ensure they can keep up the resort fee scam. Through the power of the press average people like us can get the word out and influence lawmakers about this pressing consumer issue.
Do not stay in a hotel with a resort fee. Do not stay in an affiliate hotel with a resort fee. Hell, don't stay in a hotel at all. Mandatory double fees / resort fees / facility charges in hotels are so out of control you could pay hundreds of extra dollars on top of your actual room rate. Here are some great Airbnbs in Vegas. Here are some awesome condos for rent in Hawaii on VRBO. HomeAway has some great homes you can rent in Orlando. FlipKey has some cool places on Key West. Never forget that a hotel in Miami that charges a resort fee because they know you will likely never come back has sister hotels across the country. When you have to travel for business or fun somewhere else maybe think twice before helping out another hotel in that chain that screwed you over. Hilton Hotels, Hyatt, Marriott, etc could shut down resort fees at all of their hotels if they wanted to. They don't seem too interested.