Less than you might think, if you're a business traveler, that is. According to hotel-online: Audit of Hotel Invoices Turns up Overcharges that May Add up to Millions for Business Travelers
May Add up to Millions for Business Travelers. Better warn attendees to check their bills:
- Corporate Lodging audited a year's worth of receipts from one of its biggest clients, 624,606 room nights in all. The company found that its client was mischarged -- both higher and lower than the negotiated rate -- 11.6 percent of the time. The average error was in the hotel's favor by $11.35, tallying almost $820,000 a year in excess travel costs.
If the rest of Corporate America is seeing the same amount of glitches, U.S. companies are giving hotels an extra $500 million a year, the study said.
They're not intentionally trying to rip people off, the article says. These are just mistakes. I believe that, and yet it's a peculiar coincidence that the average error winded up being in the hotel's favor...