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Resort fees: Can a vacationer refuse to pay them?

Resort fees can run as much as $50 a day. Can you refuse to pay them?

Ken and Donna went on vacation and encountered some steep "resort fees," which can run as much as $50 a day.

They want to know: Do you have to pay these things?

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The Federal Trade Commission warned hotels and resorts a couple of years ago that these sneaky fees can be considered a deceptive business practice. But that didn't make them go away.

Many vacation spots still charge them, but they claim they give fair warning to customers — usually in the fine print of booking arrangements.

So can you blow off resort fees? For the answer, check out today's Ask Laz video.

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