Resort Fee amounts increase far faster than prices at the gas pump.
I came across an article on the Vegas Tripping website from April, 2009. It was your standard outcry against fee article that showcased a few fee examples.
At the time of the article:
Excalibur – $5 (now $12.50)
Hard Rock – $8 (now $18)
Hooters – $5 (now $8)
Luxor – $5 (now $15)
New York New York – $4 (now $15)
Tropicana – $8 (now $10)
Talk about inflation. The MGM group of hotels have double and even tripled their fee amounts. Sadly, as we looked at a few months back in our blog article: MGM Q2 Earnings , the hotel group is using the fees as a revenue driver, so they aren’t going anywhere.
The Vegas Tripping article highlighted the inclusions in the April 2009 $5 Excalibur Resort Fee:
Free local + 800 calls
Fitness Center Access
2 Free ‘standard’ drinks at Excalibur Casino Bars
2 Free Midway Games tokens
The current $12.50 Excalibur charge includes:
Free internet access
Free fitness Center access
free long distance calls
The additional $7.50 per night grants guests internet & long-distance calls, however this is off-set by the loss of the free drinks + tokens. Is this worth a two and half times fee increase?
Will the fees continue to rise? That’s anyones guess, although we can see that Resort Fees have risen as much as 200% in only two years at select hotels.
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