Column: Read fine print on hotel reservations

10/14/2008 | NYTimes.com

After having to cancel a hotel reservation for a business trip to Aspen, Colo., New York Times travel writer Joe Sharkey is advising travelers to read the fine print on reservations. Scott Booker of Hotels.com says that steep cancellation fees have become "more commonplace." "As a consumer, you have to really look out for that kind of stuff," Booker said. Beyond cancellation fees, Booker said, hotels are aiming to raise revenue through a variety of fees for parking, Internet access and more.

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