The Latest Hotel Scams

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The American Hotel and Lodging Association has recently reported that fraudulent bookings are now costing consumers about $3.9 billion a year. With new hotels opening all over the world, people have to be more careful these days when booking their lodging. There are a few things you can watch out for that will help you avoid being scammed.

Below are a few of the most devious hotel scams:

Some hotels are now adding “resort fees.” That means your room might go from being $150 a night to $220 a night. This can add up if you’re staying a week.

Hotels will often add “amenities” charges. These fees are supposed to be additional payment for use of the pool, gym, computers, etc.

Extra fees for “ocean view” rooms that don’t face the ocean.

Overcharging for meals, laundry service, etc.

Tips for success

Check the average price for a room in the city where you’re going. If you find an ad that seems too good to be true, then beware. These will often be horrible rooms in dangerous neighborhoods or the hotel will add excessive charges to your bill for some of the things listed above.

If you’ve been duped by a hotel, then you can file complaints at places like the Better Business Bureau. Usually, each state has a chamber of commerce or government organization where you may be able to file a complaint as well.

You might also consider filing complaints at sites like Revdex is an online business directory. Revdex’s aim is to improve the connection between consumers and businesses. They provide consumers with an opportunity to browse and post negative complaints and reviews about businesses.

Let your voice to be heard by companies. File reports against hotels, travel agents, airlines or restaurants. You can also file a complaint against any company you feel has cheated or deceived you. File scam reports about online business or file complaints about a social media scam.