I was just daydreaming about a trip to Vegas. So I browsed over to the travel site Orbitz to see what a trip to Vegas might run. Just some Internet based 'window shopping'.
I found the following air + 3 nights hotel rate for the Vdara:
This is a pretty good deal for a nice 5 star hotel. Plus theres a free buffet!
I then scrolled down the page and noticed the following :
Now if you don't pay attention to the fine print above you may show up to the airport with two carry on bags and end up paying $45 each or an extra $90. If you want to save some money you'll check your bags on the return trip and only spend $25 each or another $50. In total thats an extra $140 for your bags.
Scroll a little further down the page at Orbitz and you see that there is also a resort fee for the Adara hotel :
When you check into the hotel they should tell you about the resort fee. For the Aria hotel the fee is $20 per night and its also taxable. If you stay 3 nights then thats $60 total plus the 12% hotel tax rate for another $7.20 or $67.20.
Between the airline bag fees and the hotel resort fee you're paying an extra $140 + $67.20 or $207.20 in fees. What started out as a $341 per person trip or $682 total is actually going to cost you $888.20. This is 30% more in fees.