Hotel fees are on the rise, and so are guests' tempers


Analysts confirm the worst: Hotels have been inspired by the airlines' success at peppering customers with fees. Now they're adopting extra fees as a bigger part of their profit strategies. In an interview with The New York Times, Bjorn Hanson, a professor at New York University, predicts that the annual take from extra hotel surcharges will climb from $1.55 billion to $1.7 billion by next year -- despite the fact that room rates remain depressed.

While hotels have slowly been able to raise their rack rates, they are still nowhere near pre-recession levels. To help make up some of the difference, hotels are hitting guests with ever-increasing, and ever-more creative, surcharges.