Articles tagged “fees”

Travel Agency Group ASTA Aims to Shield Hotel Guests From Resort Fee Pain

Travel Agency Group ASTA Aims to Shield Hotel Guests From Resort Fee Pain

Maria Lenhart, Skift

The American Society of Travel Advisors' show of support for the Hotel Advertising Transparency Act of 2019 indicates growing distaste among agencies, as well as the general public, for resort fees, particularly when they are not disclosed up-front. Such support is a logical step for the organization, which has long advocated for pricing transparency.

7 months ago

Travel Agencies Still Make 7 Times More in Commissions Than Fees

Travel Agencies Still Make 7 Times More in Commissions Than Fees

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Travel advisors need to further diversify their revenue beyond commissions. That's for sure.

8 months ago

Travel Advisors Play Fare Vetter as Cruise Fees Escalate

Travel Advisors Play Fare Vetter as Cruise Fees Escalate

Maria Lenhart, Skift

The low base fares promoted by some budget and mid-level cruise lines rarely indicate what the actual cost of a sailing will be. Travel advisors are stepping in to advise clients about onboard charges and, in some cases, showing that a higher-end cruise with all-inclusive pricing is actually a better value.

8 months ago

New Resort Fee Legislation Would Disrupt How Hotels Are Sold Online

New Resort Fee Legislation Would Disrupt How Hotels Are Sold Online

Dennis Schaal, Skift

This is going to be a slugfest. Some hotels view resort fees as key to business and argue that they are already transparent in how they advertise them. Consumers, states, and now federal legislators are putting great pressure on that notion. Something's gotta give — and the status quo is not a likely winner.

8 months ago

Travel Advisors Step In as Cruise Fees Reach Tipping Point

Travel Advisors Step In as Cruise Fees Reach Tipping Point

Maria Lenhart, Skift

The base fares advertised by many cruise lines rarely indicate the proliferation of onboard charges that can send the cost of the cruise soaring. Travel advisors are stepping in by counseling clients about the added costs and, in some cases, presenting all-inclusive cruises as a better value.

8 months ago

Airbnb Tests Hotel Integration by Adding Some HotelTonight Partners

Airbnb Tests Hotel Integration by Adding Some HotelTonight Partners

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It will be tremendously complex for Airbnb to transition from an alternative accommodations site into one that also offers lots of hotels. The coming business model changes and technology challenges will get sorted out, but it will be rocky for quite some time.

12 months ago

Airbnb Eliminates Some Guest Fees to Take on Booking Holdings

Airbnb Eliminates Some Guest Fees to Take on Booking Holdings

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb is clearly now well down the path toward a host-only fee structure. Chalk it up to its push toward onboarding hotels, which don't charge guest fees, and Airbnb's competition with Booking.com, which sees guest fees as unholy.

12 months ago

Booking to Charge Commission on Resort Fees in Major Shake-Up for Hotel Revenue

Booking to Charge Commission on Resort Fees in Major Shake-Up for Hotel Revenue

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Get ready for some commotion in Las Vegas and other destinations where hotel resort fees are common. Will impacted hotels abandon Booking.com? Will resort fees lose their appeal for hotels? Will Expedia follow Booking's lead? The fun and gamesmanship are just starting.

1 year ago

Southwest CEO: We Won’t Introduce Basic Economy

Southwest CEO: We Won’t Introduce Basic Economy

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Southwest has known for years that there is money to be made in differentiation and protecting your brand identity regardless of what Wall Street thinks. That's a factor in its decision not to launch basic economy or bag fees.

1 year ago

Lots of Hotel Vacancies and Huge Cancellation Fees in Davos After U.S. Opts Out

Lots of Hotel Vacancies and Huge Cancellation Fees in Davos After U.S. Opts Out

Albertina Torsoli, Bloomberg

The U.S. government would face around $335,000 in hotel cancellation fees for not showing up in Davos, according to a published report. That means there are plenty of rooms still available for last-minute bookers.

1 year ago

Venice Will Start Charging an Entrance Fee to Day-Trippers to Combat Overtourism

Venice Will Start Charging an Entrance Fee to Day-Trippers to Combat Overtourism

Colleen Barry, Associated Press

Tourists who visit Venice for the day will be charged a fee; overnight visitors already pay a hotel tax. The fee will help defray costs and might to deter some visits. Any overall overtourism solution would have to address other issues, as well, such as the proliferation of short-term rentals.

1 year ago

Expedia Faces Traveler Fee Lawsuit Alleging Tax Fraud and Racketeering

Expedia Faces Traveler Fee Lawsuit Alleging Tax Fraud and Racketeering

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Online travel agencies have been vehemently opposed to detailing the components of the taxes and fees they collect on prepaid hotel bookings because it would expose the wholesale rates they obtain from hotels and the markups that the booking sites impose. This lawsuit could potentially impose changes in Expedia's financial relationship with its affiliates.

1 year ago