Online rate comparisons made murky by fees, taxes

02/26/2009 | USA Today

Comparison shopping on major online travel-booking sites can be tricky because of taxes and fees that are not always clear, Bill McGee writes. A sample comparison of Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity for the same room at a New York Marriott on the same night showed the exact same base rate of $239, but a $12.57 range separating the lowest fees from the highest fees.

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