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10 Worst Hotel Rip-Offs and How to Beat Them

Discover the 10 worst rip-offs that you should watch out for when staying at hotels, plus tips on how to avoid them.

Airlines aren’t the only outfits in the industry that overcharge travelers. Hotels, too, are guilty. And as hotel managers look enviously at airlines successfully charging fees for everything, the hotel situation will probably get worse, not better.

Fortunately, you can avoid most of the worst rip-offs by opting out of whatever the charge might be. Sadly, however, the trade-off for avoiding a rip-off is often an inconvenience, which is undoubtedly the reason hotels can still get away with many of them. Here are the 10 worst rip-offs that you should watch out for when staying at hotels.


By Ed Perkins

A nationally recognized reporter, writer, and consumer advocate, Ed Perkins focuses on how travelers can find the best deals and avoid scams.

He is the author of "Online Travel" (2000) and "Business Travel: When It's Your Money" (2004), the first step-by-step guide specifically written for small business and self-employed professional travelers. He was also the co-author of the annual "Best Travel Deals" series from Consumers Union.

Perkins' advice for business travelers is featured on, a website devoted to helping small business and self-employed professional travelers find the best value for their travel dollars.

Perkins was founding editor of Consumer Reports Travel Letter, one of the country's most influential travel publications, from which he retired in 1998. He has also written for Business Traveller magazine (London).

Perkins' travel expertise has led to frequent television appearances, including ABC's "Good Morning America" and "This Week with David Brinkley," "The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather," CNN, and numerous local TV and radio stations.

Before editing Consumer Reports Travel Letter, Perkins spent 25 years in travel research and consulting with assignments ranging from national tourism development strategies to the design of computer-based tourism models.

Born in Evanston, Illinois, Perkins lives in Ashland, Oregon with his wife.

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