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Most of us are familiar with this scenario: Your flight just landed, and you and your bags are off to the hotel, only to discover that check-in time is still hours away. You certainly don’t want to hang around the hotel just to look after your bags and you don’t want to lug them around with you either. What if the problem could be remedied, or even avoided, for a small fee. Would you pay it?

Turns out, 63% of American travelers would.

According to a recent poll of 2,000 American travelers, 37% of those who said they would pay a fee would shell out up to $10 for the added convenience and 16% would pay $15. Ten percent of those who would pay a fee said they would hand over more than $15.

The July 2016 poll, conducted by Jetsetter, a travel deals website, had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.1% at a 95% confidence level, according to an email from a Jetsetter spokesperson.

Added Fees for Travel

It’s important to remember that fees can add up, whether they’re to check in to your room early or to check your bag on a flight. Some travel credit cards do offer free checked luggage, but these cards often come with an annual fee, so consider how often you travel and if paying that annual fee is worth it. (You can read about the best airline credit cards here.)

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  • http://www.joetaxpayer.com JoeTaxpayer

    The current system, checkout at 11/12N and checkin at 3PM is archaic. There are business travelers who are checking out very early morning to catch a flight, and others who know they don’t get in till late, well after 6pm.

    Likewise, there are maids who would prefer an early shift, to start at 6 am for the early empty rooms, and leave in time to get their school kids.

    A bit of software to track in/out, and early arriving families can check in at 9 or 10 am, and head to the beach, and at the other end, shower and check out at 3 or 4 pm. The business man leaving at 6 am might get a free breakfast or small rebate/reward.

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