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Resort fee if I don't check in?

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by flamingogo, Jan 11, 2013.

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  1. flamingogo

    flamingogo Tourist

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    I'd asked a similar question a few months back, but this time it's a bit different.

    So I booked a getaways package with Jetblue (1/20-23) because the flight+hotel came out much cheaper than the flight itself. The hotel is the Hard Rock, which charges a $22 resort fee/night. However, since I'm a total rewards member with Caesars, I'm able to get the Rio free for the same dates that I'm going (with no resort fee).

    So my question is - will I get charged the resort fee from the Hard Rock if I never check in and stay at the Rio instead?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. trooth

    trooth Low-Roller

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    Interesting question. If you are booked with them, do you have cancellation fees or a deposit with them? You may not have a resort fee, but a cancellation fee to worry about.
     
  3. dfalk

    dfalk VIP Whale

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    I don't see how they could since they would not have a credit card on file to charge you. It probably wouldn't hurt to call and cancel/tell them you won't be staying there though.

    And how is a flight+hotel package cheaper than just a flight??
     
  4. flamingogo

    flamingogo Tourist

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    Well it's booked through Jetblue and I don't know how they work it out between them and the hotel. That's why I was hoping maybe someone had experience with this (as unlikely as it may be). If they are going to charge me the resort fees anyways or a cancellation fee then I'd just stay there instead of the Rio.


    I know, it makes no sense that the package is cheaper than just the flight but I've done this a few times. This time it was cheaper by more than $300. Shhh- don't let them in on the secret :ssst:
     
  5. trooth

    trooth Low-Roller

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    You could call the casino and ask. Just don't give your info, or make it hypothetical. I think there should be some terms and agreements somewhere that would have to mention it if you do cancel. Otherwise you have a good argument not to pay if they did charge.
     
  6. Hogman

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    I booked several years ago through southwest vacations with plaza as the hotel.
    We just did not show up. It was before resort fees but the hotel is going to get paid whether you show up or not so I think you are ok.
     
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    atom High-Roller

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    I've gotten a couple deals like this as well. I am guessing that (at least in some cases) the hotels are paying the airline to fill their rooms. This is the only explanation that I can come up with that would make hotel + airfare occasionally cheaper than airfare alone. If this is the case, and too many people start using the flight and cancelling the rooms, then I'm afraid the deals will go away.
     
  8. JDinTN

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    Edited after reading the terms and conditions for JetBlue Getaways --

    It sounds like you will have to pay a change/cancellation fee of at least $100 and possibly more since they can charge you the difference in the price. Here it is from the JetBlue Getaways site and you can click on a link they provide there to give you a more detailed explanation. Bold added by me.

     
  9. SH0CK

    SH0CK Stylin' and Profilin' Quasi Tech Admin

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    That is legalize if you cancel the package (both air + hotel) reservation.
     
  10. DuckyD77090

    DuckyD77090 Tourist

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    Try it out and let us know how it goes. What's the worst that can happen?

    You book the package, bail on the hotel and stay at the Rio. One of two things happen:
    • HRH charges you the resort fee anyway
    • HRH never sees a check-in (nor has a CC to charge) and doesn't charge you anything

    Were I a betting man :ssst:, I'd bet on #2. But, even if I'm wrong, you're no worse off than you were if you took the HRH room.

    So - go for it and let us all know how it works out so others may game the system in the future!
     
  11. dmr

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    We've done this twice where the combined air/hotel was less than air alone. Both with Southwest Vacations. Once at Plaza downtown and again at Westward Ho on the Strip. Last time was 2005 or so, and I haven't seen a similar offer lately.

    I assumed that the casino would buy down the air fare in order to steer the gaming traffic over to them.
     
  12. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    All that Jetblue stuff is about cancelling in total, and wanting money back.

    Though I hate to see a room go to waste if they could sell it - I am thinking being a no show makes the most sense.
     
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