Playing catch up with the airlines, hotels get fee-happy
Forget bad weather, traffic jams, and kids asking ‘‘Are we there yet?’’ The real headache for many travelers is a quickly growing list of hotel surcharges, even for items they never use. Guaranteeing two queen beds or one king bed will cost you, as will checking in early or checking out late. Don’t need the in-room safe? You’re probably still paying. And the overpriced can of soda may be the least of your issues with the hotel minibar. Vacationers are finding it harder to anticipate the true cost of their stay, especially because many of these charges vary from hotel to hotel, even within the same chain.