Not accounting for taxes and resort fees Back in March, contributing editor Ed Perkins reported one of the most outrageous resort fees we'd seen yet.At a hotel in Colorado, the decent 0 room rate was artificially inflated with a cleaning fee, a resort fee, a pool-and-spa fee, and a .10 processing fee. The fix: You may be able to fight some fees, such as housekeeping or newspaper delivery, if you don't wish to avail yourself of such services.However, there are some big blunders you could be making when it comes to hotel reservations.From booking on the wrong sites to forgetting to check some vital information, these mistakes could easily make or break your trip.Not using a credit card When booking a hotel, credit cards are king.Not only do credit cards offer rewards like airline miles, free night stays or cash-back bonuses, but they also offer certain guarantees that debit cards and cash do not (such as fraud protection or immediate refunds for mischarges). Most hotels will require an incidental deposit if you use a debit card to protect themselves against overdraft fees if your account has insufficient funds.
And most times it is: Pick a destination, choose your dates, enter payment info and voila, happy travels! Do what the locals do, eat where they eat and experience the realness of the place you're visiting. We connect travellers to local hosts in over 160 countries.On an overseas trip several years ago, I noted that my flight left on May 14th, so I booked my destination hotel starting the night of May 14th. I completely neglected to check that my flight was a red-eye that landed early in the morning of the 15th.This means I paid for an expensive (and nonrefundable) room that I didn't need.