Venue fees are the latest scam charge, and they’re popping up even at hotels that already charge guests a resort fee.
Resort Fees are a Way to Make Rooms Look Cheaper Than They Really Are
“Resort fees” are extra charges, on top of a room rate, that aren’t optional. In other words they’re part of the price of a room, but the hotel advertises a lower price instead. That’s deceptive. Indeed it’s designed to deceive.
Las Vegas Has Reached the Height of Resort Fee Absurdity
Las Vegas hotels are finding that resort fees make it difficult to reduce the cost of stays low enough to fill all their rooms (and generate revenue from gambling and entertainment). That’s hurting their businesses. Yet MGM has pushed resort fees up over $50 a night at 4 of their hotels, though the CEO of Caesars says these fees could become ‘the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
Venue Fees are a New, Even More Absurd Charge
I used to think that “urban destination charges” (resort fees at hotels that aren’t even resorts) and Marriott charging resort fees on ‘free’ award stays was the height of absurdity. However now pay venue fees on drinks. The drink has a price, there’s tax on top, and then a service fee is added too.
At $1.90 “this charge you’re seeing is a venue fee..It is not only applied for table service, but for bar service as well, and is being applied to every check in the venue.”
Hey @ParkMGM, you quietly put a “venue fee” on bar guests without telling us?! Lowlife behaviour, unbelievable. You have 24 hours to reply to me with an apology AND a promise to refund before I file a chargeback on your sorry asses. You should be ashamed of yourselves @VitalVegas pic.twitter.com/8GeFYPp7GM
— NotFromConcentrate 🇨🇦🍻🤠 (@notfromvegas) September 5, 2019
Sahara Las Vegas, which returned to the Strip last week after a disastrous run as SLS Las Vegas, is also charging a service fee at its bars. A receipt from The Foundry shared to Twitter shows a $14.00 cocktail ballooning to $16.80 after a mandatory 15 percent gratuity and five percent service charge.
After Venue Fees, What Fees Are Next?
Karl Marx said history repeats itself first as tragedy then as farce. If venue fees is hotels repeating the resort fee as tragedy, can the farce be far behind?
I was joking when I suggested a toilet flush fee, an air conditioning fee, a housekeeping fee, a towel fee, quadruple zero roulette, a pool lounge chair fee, a casino admission fee, an hourly slot machine fee, a fee fee fi fi fo fo fum fee — all but the last coming to MGM 2020.
— Baadmaster (@Baadmaster) September 5, 2019