Congress has put forth a new piece of bipartisan legislation that would change the way online travel agencies display “the most-hated fee in travel,” otherwise known as the hotel resort fees.
I think it needs to apply to the hotels own website as well. More and more hotels are putting the “resort fee” in the fine print. You see the “basic room rate”, then once you either start looking or try and book the room – bam the resort fee shows up and it’s half the price of the room to more than the price of the room.
Only thing this law will do is force the hotels to include it in the price you first see so you can see the actual price of a room you want to book.
A hearing for the Hotel Advertising Transparency Act likely won’t take place until 2020, as the initiative makes its way through a subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
I don’t know why they will take so long. This to me is one that could easily be passed by the end of the year.