What Are Destination Fees and Why Are They So Egregious?

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By Kirk Miller The Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor has a $25 per night “destination fee” that seems to cover a lot of things your regular hotel rate should already cover, from daily water bottles to a morning coffee. There are also a few amenities and local discounts that don’t add up to too much, particularly given that you can’t get out of the fee unless you’re a “Courtesy Card holder” or a “Globalist” (that’s a membership tier, not the political science term). Most egregiously, that fee includes “panoramic views of Boston with photo opportunity,” which means … well, nothing. As the travel site …

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