What we’re reading: Caesars new resort fees, TSA screening leaves 3-year crying, lawsuits add to Carnival’s woes

by Stephanus Surjaputra on February 25, 2013

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Caesars to start charging resort fees, says guests demanding them

Caesars Entertainment will start charging resort fees at all of its properties.

Caesars will begin adding fees ranging from $10-$25 on March 1, covering charges for amenities including Wi-Fi, local calls and fitness centers. Caesars operates nine hotels in Las Vegas, including Caesars Palace, Harrah’s, Bally’s, the Flamingo, the Quad, Paris Las Vegas and Planet Hollywood on the Strip.

It’s something guests asked for, said Gary Thompson, the company’s director of corporate communications.


(Editor’s note) I hope that Ceasars Palace is planning on following the new FTC mandates to include resort fees in their advertised prices. Somehow I don’t think any clients sent Ceasars any requests to have them raise their room rates — this is what they are doing.

TSA gets it wrong…again [VIDEO]

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A wheelchair-bound three-year-old was reduced to tears at Lambert St. Louis airport when TSA agents wanted to do a pat-down and didn’t want to return her stuffed animal.

The incident happened Feb. 8. The girl and her family were about to fly to Disney World in Orlando, Fla. A TSA agent asked to pat down the 3-year-old and screen her wheelchair. The agent initially told the girl’s mother, Annie Schulte, it was illegal to tape the activity.

TSA has since apologized.

Triumph suits add to CCL’s woes

Several passengers have filed a lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Lines for the Triumph incident.

At least three suits have been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, based in Miami where Carnival is headquartered. Another has been filed in federal court in Galveston, Texas, where the Triumph departed.

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  • MTAabq

    Are you bleeping kidding me? Caesars/Harrahs is telling us that their customers ASKED for resort fees? I highly doubt that. More than likely their customers complained non-stop about having to pay for internet access. Also, “resort fees” are pure profit for the hotels and Caesars/Harrahs figured it’s time to get their share of that pie. One of the reasons I stayed at Rio (a Caesars/Harrahs property) was that they had no resort fees. Why not just raise the room rate and give me some value for that than tack on a non-optional “resort fee”? This has gotten completely out of hand and we — the consumer — share a lot of the blame for putting up with it.

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