Ask the Front Desk to Waive Your Resort Fee

Ask the front desk to waive your resort feeToday’s tip comes out of a tweet shared by Richard Kerr of Award Travel 101:

In addition to Richard’s take, there’s a tip worth acknowledging here, which is that—according to Kimpton, a popular hotel brand—the front desk agreeing to waive your resort fee is “always a possibility.” Apparently, all you need to do is ask. It’s well-known that resort fees and the like can get outrageously expensive. It probably won’t work often with major hotels but it’s worth a try.

If this or something similar has ever worked for you, please share you story in the comments below.

Related: How to Avoid Hotel Cancellation Fees



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7 Comments on "Ask the Front Desk to Waive Your Resort Fee"

  1. The BEST way to avoid paying rip off “resort” fees is stay where there are NO “resort” fees. That is what I do.

  2. Never go to any hotel with a resort fee. Note: They use other phony names, such as Destination Fee.

  3. Best bet – AVOID. Sure, you can ask, but if they say no, (since you are already there and they have you by the …) what option do you have? If you leave you will still get charged for a no show or same day cancellation. Hotels need to learn we, the guest, are in charge. We need to stop paying the extremely high overcharges (resort, bad wifi access, mini-bar, etc). Best way to do this is to AVOID these hotels until they get some sense in their heads.

  4. I have always asked and have always been turned down. Especially in Vegas.

  5. Oh Las Vegas & their resort fees ( and now parking fees! ). I try to avoid ‘Vegas. If I must, then off-the-strip 2nd brand name casinos are much more reasonable. I have tried asking for a waiver of fees at ‘Vegas and everytime “NO”. The best I did was a “free” refrigerator to keep my Rx medicine cool during a 3-night stay ( it was Harrah’s ).

  6. When checking into a name brand hotel near LAX last June, we were told of the resort fee. I asked for a waiver because it was my husband’s birthday weekend and it was granted. At the same brand hotel in Las Vegas in November we were told of the resort fee, but because they made errors on the reservations causing us to be locked out of our room mid-stay, we were not charged the fee.

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