I first learned about HotelFees.TravelersUnited.org reading this Washington Post article by my colleague Christopher Elliott—called “Is the FTC doing enough to stop those mysterious hotel ‘resort fees’?” Built to push back against fee-charging hotels, the site was founded by my buddy Charlie Leocha, who has become a watchdog for travelers in Washington, D.C. and is now fighting one of travelers’ biggest pet peeves: resort fees.
As Charlie is quoted as saying in the story, “The charging of mandatory resort fees by hotels results in a misrepresentation of the true price of the hotel room.” He calls the practice of quoting a low price and then adding a mandatory fee later in the booking “drip pricing,” which is “harmful to consumers and undermines fair competition.”
If you agree that the FTC should take action to end resort fees, check out Charlie’s site and use the links on this page to file a complaint with the FTC or contact Attorney Generals and members of Congress.
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