Hotel resort fees, hidden charges bemoaned by travelers, are climbing higher than ever

Tamara Myers thought that her hotel bill at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino would come to $415. At least that’s what Otel.com, the website through which she booked the room, promised her. Read more “Hotel resort fees, hidden charges bemoaned by travelers, are climbing higher than ever”

If your vacation beach house looks too good to be true, it may be just that

Her “villa” in the Dominican Republic looked like a real find. It came with its own concierge and a private pool and was only steps away from a rugged Caribbean beach. Best of all, the price was right for Elisabeth Sperry, a veterinarian from Falmouth, Maine: a week for just $3,500, a 25 percent discount from the regular rate. Read more “If your vacation beach house looks too good to be true, it may be just that”

Wait, you did WHAT in your hotel room?

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done in a hotel room?
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Don’t like JetBlue’s cozy new cabin? No one cares

This is the interior of JetBlue’s “restyled” Airbus A320 cabin. The airline promises it will “enhance the JetBlue experience to meet the needs of travelers today, including a greater focus on connectivity, comfort, and space.”

Or will it?
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If they resell my room, why can’t I get a refund?

Just before Gerald and Byrone LoCasale set sail on an 18-day Princess cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Los Angeles, disaster struck. Byrone LoCasale sustained an injury that required immediate orthopedic surgery. The couple, both frequent Princess customers, reluctantly canceled the trip.

But there was good news. LoCasale, who is retired and lives in Fort Lauderdale, learned that Princess had resold his cabin. Getting credit for the $16,201 they’d spent would be easy, right? Read more “If they resell my room, why can’t I get a refund?”