When traveling, that pesky three letter word “fee” can quickly add up to a triple digit total. Even frequent travelers are caught off guard by the sometimes fictitious sounding fees of vacations. Before finalizing finances, research the following to be sure you aren’t caught off guard and coming out of pocket more than expected.
Resort fees can be anything from unavoidable amenity charges to damage deposits, and can incur daily or weekly. Deposits, even though refunded at the end of the stay, can delay pending bank activity and depending on the resort’s policy, could retain up to $150 from your vacation budget. While only select Festiva resorts implement damage deposits of up to $50, reservations through exchange companies are common culprits for charging outsiders absurd deposits. Amenity fees for parking, shuttles, Wi-Fi and gym access are typically smaller ranging anywhere from $10 to $18 per day and are required to be paid to the front desk upon check out regardless of usage. A good practice to avoid sticker shock is to call the resort’s front desk prior to your arrival to inquire about any possible charges, including applicable taxes.
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