Bits ‘n Pieces for February 25, 2013

News and notes from around the interweb:

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  1. Starwood already charges resort fees for most resorts even for award bookings. They can charge up to $60 for St. Regis Bahia Beach, for example. So Hilton may as well lay out all the bad news at once, given the recent award devaluation announcement!

  2. @Ninmurai, I can’t consider “resort fees” to be like YQ for a couple of reasons. First, YQ must by law be included in the price you are quoted when you look up a price at a website. “Resort fees” are hidden in small print somewhere. Second, everyone who flies uses fuel, many who stay at a hotel property do not use the services the “resort fee” is for. The “resort fee” is simply a “We lie about our prices” charge, and I faithfully boycott all properties that do this.

    Is there anything about the Hilton HHonors program that is worth keeping? I gave up on it three devaluations ago.

  3. Interesting note about the resort fee at Hilton.

    When I stayed at the Waldof-Astoria Park City on the Reserve free nights, I was told that the fee is waived for HHonors Gold members. It was especially nice because the fee is $35 there. I wonder if this spells the end of that perk?

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