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Bellagio Incidental and Resort fees

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels' started by Michael Sproles, May 23, 2020.

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  1. eksantirik

    eksantirik High-Roller

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    In this environment, as many of the amenities will be closed, resort fee is BS and it shouldn't be charged. But I am sure they will charge it, until at least when they cannot. They'll gauge the demand.

    Incidentals hold, although mostly used for paying for room charges, is also used for potential damages as Rollvadice also mentioned. A similar type of a deposit is in the works when you rent a place, or a car. What happens if after you leave, they figure that two floorlamps are broken, or the armchair is cut across, or all of the towels/robes are missing etc. That's how they secure their inventory. I think incidental hold is fair, and I don't think they should stop doing that practice.

    Incidental charge has been there for ages, and it's even used by Motel 6, Super 8 type establishments. So, it's not really based on amenities, but mostly for the hotel to protect their investment/revenue. If your cash holdings or credit card limit does not cover the incidentals, then you might prefer to stay at a lower cost hotel, as incidentals are almost always a function of room rates (the cheaper the hotel, the lower the incidental hold).
     
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    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    The $100 a night "hold" for incidentals is not a real charge. I could care less if they charge $500 a night. It is just a temporary charge on the credit card. It all goes away in a few days.
     
  3. SaltyNutSnack

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    Not sure about the Bellagio, but it probably will not be 900$ for incidentals.. Most hotels run it for 150 - 300$ or so and if you don’t charge to it , it just rolls over to the next night and so on.
     
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    I don’t know if is still accurate, but the last time I stayed at the NYNY they put a hold on my credit card of $150 for a 3 night stay. I was ok with it as everywhere I stayed put some kind of hold on my card.

    The only thing I didn't understand was every time I charged something to the room I had a new charge on my card for the same amount. I asked VIP services and was told that they had to keep the balance at $150 for the entire trip. I have stayed at other MGM properties and the NYNY was the only property that had this policy.

    I am not sure they still do this as I have not stayed there in over 10 years.
     
  5. Kachow

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    your issues make a lot more sense now. On this issue, I dont think they do the $150 per night For the whole stay, I believe as someone further up thread said, I think they just want the balance at $150, so anything you charge to the room will just get charged to your card each day and they will keep that balance at $150. I could be wrong though. I also use a visa debit card in vegas instead of a credit card and I will say that having stayed in Bellagio multiple times, for whatever reason when I check out there the I always get the incidental credited back the day that I check out. Some other hotels (notably Wynncore) the charge always takes much longer to credit back. It’s never been a problem for me as I budget to have a big cushion in my checking account before going to Vegas, and can instantly transfer from my savings to my checking with my mobile banking app, but I could see how it could be a concern for someone else for sure. One thing I have always been told by these hotels is they release the deposit right then but it’s the banks that are holding it up. If you run into that issue I would suggest you call your bank and tell them you would like them to move a little faster on releasing the hold and crediting it back to your account. Apologies for not really understanding your issue.
     
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    Michael - I think a lot of us do sympathize with you here, and I would surmise that most people would love to avoid an upfront hold on their credit card, even if it goes away.

    I stay at CET properties and I’ve seen the $100-150 charge sit there for anywhere between 2-8 days on my credit card. Yes, it’s annoying, especially after I’ve lost a ton of money (which happens almost always), but never have I had it actually stay on my card. If your credit limit is low that it affects the cap, perhaps try one card for the hold and use another card to charge items? While you may not get “credit” for it on the back end as you’re not charging to the room, you can avoid this issue.

    I think people here are being sincere, and I am when I say this, but it is what it is. We all know unless you cause an issue in the room or whatever the case may be, the charge will leave. I would try not to be too fixated on it when you’re there, so it doesn’t detract from your fun.

    I don’t even become aware of it until I’m checking my lower bank statement when I get back (the credit card I use is also from my bank so I see both on a portal) and then it dawns on me whether it’s still there or has disappeared, with the latter always being the case after a week.

    Hope you enjoy your time there, we’re looking forward to hearing your highlights.
     
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    I remember back when I stayed at the IP in 2008, I didn't have a CC and they let me pay $300 in cash as an incidental hold.

    IIRC, the hold is usually $XXX per night up to a total of 5-6 nights. I only know that there is a limit, as I nearly always stay at each hotel for a week.
     
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    This is exactly it. Authorizing $150 per day over several days can add up unreasonably quickly. I think the OP’s concerns could be quelled very easily if we found out what the cap was at Bellagio.

    Admittedly I’ve never really paid attention to what the authorizations were, but I don’t recall them ever being more than $500 or so, even at high end properties.
     
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    Hi @Michael Sproles. You don't owe us an explanation and I get you were looking for guidance. As others have noted, some restaurants and bars in the hotel will be open and the daily incidental temporary charge is standard practice that my guess is all of the casinos are loathe to change. I'm RFB at Encore but I still get charged $150/day for the entirety of my stay, which is a large charge for a two week trip, even though there's less than a 5% chance that there will be any non-retail charges that my host won't pick up, but it's automatic. But, given that these are unprecedented times for the casinos and patrons, I do think it would be worth your while to give them a call to see if X amount over your stay -- say $450 -- is sufficient. If they agree, then the difference would be refunded to your card even before you arrive.

    You trip isn't for another month+ so you can call after they open, presumably on June 4th.
     
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    I know from personal experience that there is a range depending on the hotel. I think Gold Coast or Palace Station, it's $50/day for each day of your stay, Bally's when I used to stay there was $100 or $200 per stay, regardless of the length of your stay, and, as noted above, Wynncore is $150/day, for every day of your stay, so yes, I've been hit with a $2000+ temporary charge on my Am Ex two seconds before being handed my keys at Encore. But it typically comes off no later than a day after I am back at home. Sometimes I've seen it come off even before I have checked out, as the end of my trip is approaching.
     
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    Think Flowers has summed it all up nicely, and saved the thread from a massive c/c segue :)

    I'd do as Flowers suggested, @Michael Sproles and that should help you get it resolved before you even travel.
     
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    This thread went wildly off topic. Please avoid thread-drift.

    Also, since the OP's question has been asked and answered, I'm closing it now. Thanks.
     
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