Stupid Las Vegas…when will you learn? Resort fees are going up again.
I am decidedly in the camp of those who detest Las Vegas. No offense to those who have chosen to live there, but the mix of crass commercialism and hot weather simply do not mix for me. I don’t mind a night or two in Las Vegas on business…the Wynn is great…but I hate nickel and diming and Las Vegas has pioneered the practice.
This is most clearly on display in the form of resort fees, which I have attacked for years on Live and Let’s Fly. At some hotels, the resort fees are higher than than the nightly cost of the room. These are often deceptively hidden, causing consumer confusion. I continue to hope that mandatory disclosures for resort fees become the law of the land, not a surprise on the final booking page or an option you have to opt in to (thanks Marriott).
You might think that with the Las Vegas Strip essentially shut down right now, hotels might think twice about these annoying fees in order to entice guests back. Wouldn’t it make sense to welcome guests back without tacking on fees for things like landline calling or cable TV in an era of smart phones with broadband speeds?
Well, it may make sense but the opposite is happening.
Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Hotel Raises Resort Fees
View from the Wing noticed that the Cosmopolitan, located on The Strip, will be raising resort fees from $39 to $45 per night effective January 21, 2021.
Everyone: “Las Vegas won’t be the same!”
— Vital Vegas (@VitalVegas) May 16, 2020
Las Vegas won’t be the same indeed…
It makes sense why airfare is so high right now. With schedules cut by 90% and demand (slowly) starting to return, there is a supply shortage of seats between certain markets.
Not so with Las Vegas. I don’t think sold out rooms are the reason for a permeant hike in resort fees.
Instead, it is the “kick them while they are down” approach, this idea that we can’t make it up on volume, so let’s try to stick it those brave souls who want to help the economy.
I understand how desperate times are for hotels, especially in Las Vegas, but I find it ridiculous the Cosmopolitan (likely with others to follow) are raising resort fees nows. The resort amenities are not getting better. If anything, they will be worse due to the heavy losses being sustained now. So are Las Vegas hotels really just trying to tick off the very people they need to bring business back?
What are your thoughts on resort fees creeping up (again) in Las Vegas?
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