Visiting Las Vegas is about to get a little more costly for some travelers.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Caesars Entertainment has raised its resort fees by up to $5 on eight of the nine properties it operates in sin city. The new fees at Caesars properties, which include Bally’s, Caesars Palace, Cromwell, Flamingo, Harrah’s, The Linq, Paris, Planet Hollywood and Rio, now range from $30 to $39 per night.
A photo of Caesars Palace. Credit: LuxLife Photography
The increase comes just a year after Caesars announced a separate increase of up to $3 per night to help defray the cost of a Wi-Fi upgrade.
As hotel fees keep increasing, it is no longer uncommon to stay at hotels in Las Vegas where the resort fee actual outpaces the per-night tariff, effectively doubling hotel costs for a Las Vegas getaway.
Indeed, add-on fees have become a cash cow for the travel industry.
In 2017, airlines raked in nearly $83 billion in extra fees, a number that has nearly quadrupled since 2010. These add-on fees have proven to be so powerful, they have helped transform an industry that once consistently operated on the verge of bankruptcy into one that is at times gleefully confident it will “never lose money again.”
Hoteliers, which have been less aggressive about ancillary fees, are now starting to hop on the bandwagon.
While Las Vegas properties are perhaps best-known for charging resort fees, hotels in other cities are following suit. In New York, many hotels have started introducing “urban destination fees” which hover around $25 on top of the per-night fee.
In a study, the Federal Trade Commission estimates that some seven percent of all hoteliers in the U.S. charged a hotel fee in 2015. A study by the Jonathon M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism at the NYU School of Professional Studies, says hotels likely earned $2.7 billion from fees in 2017.
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