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    3rd party fee's(hotel related)

    So i was reading the reviews of many of the Aruba hotels, and read, where a person paid for their trip, through one of the onliesites(expedia,orbitz,etc), and when trying to check in, the hotel tried to charge them $35 a night extra for a 3rd party fee.

    Is this common? Hotel trying to gouge you, after putting a room up for too cheap? Trying to figure out, how they could try and charge, after you have already paid for flight and hotel.

    thanx


    PS Can you save more money renting a timeshare vs paying for hotel room at discounted rate??? Seems no one has the first week of October open, in the hotels we have looked at going to. Searched the timeshare websites, not much luck.

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    I have heard of this, but cannot point to a specific company or reason.

    We book Aruba through Players Choice/MCM Tours and the price quoted and the price we pay, ALWAYS has all taxes and services charges included in the price. There are never any surprises. For our recently booked trip they were $200 a DAY < for all inclusive at the Tamariijn than another well known online travel agency. Multiply that by 3 rooms and 10 nights . We were able to stay an extra 3 nights and save an additional amount.

    If you go to th
    e Timeshares Category here in the forum, timeshares for rent are only permitted to be listed if they detail the daily resort fees. Fees vary. This IS a case where if you rent a timeshare directly from the owner, you will have these fees payable to resort directly while you are there.

    Finding a timeshare for rent is hit or miss, just as is hotel availability. Just keep checking the rental websites such as redweek.com It will be convenient if your dates are flexible and you do not already have your airfare booked.

    If that is the route you are going to take, it is easier to find a timeshare and check the affordability of airfare vs finding airfare and then finding a timeshare available for check-in on those dates. For example Playa Linda is Sunday only check in, Costa Linda I believe is Friday to Friday and La Cabana has Thursday to Thursday, Friday to Friday, Saturday to Saturday or Sunday to Sunday.

    The worse thing you want to have happen is to find a great $500/week bargain on a timeshare only to find that the only airfare available is $1000 per person.

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    3rd party fee

    years ago when renovating our house in maine (winter 2007/08) we stayed at the waterville maine holiday inn almost every weekend from thanksgiving til june. we tried to broker a better rate with the hotel since we'd be there every weekend !! the hotel was not interested in giving us even a slightly discounted rate. so, i went the priceline route and got the room including taxes and priceline fees for $30 less per night than Holiday Inn rate. When we checked in, the smug little man at the reception desk informed us there was a $35 third party fee per night. oh, no no!! we contacted priceline and the holiday inn corporate and got this fee waived and holiday inn management was reprimanded for trying to put this fee onto us.
    priceline actually gave us a gift certificate.

    we were locked into holiday inn as they were the only place in the area that accepted dogs.

    after the unpleasant episode w/them re: our priceline, they became so sweet and accommodating, it was sickening.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisinStl View Post
    So i was reading the reviews of many of the Aruba hotels, and read, where a person paid for their trip, through one of the onliesites(expedia,orbitz,etc), and when trying to check in, the hotel tried to charge them $35 a night extra for a 3rd party fee.

    Is this common? Hotel trying to gouge you, after putting a room up for too cheap? Trying to figure out, how they could try and charge, after you have already paid for flight and hotel.

    thanx


    PS Can you save more money renting a timeshare vs paying for hotel room at discounted rate??? Seems no one has the first week of October open, in the hotels we have looked at going to. Searched the timeshare websites, not much luck.

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