Why Upscale Hotels Charge for WiFi

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  1. Miles
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    Miles Silver Member

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    "If you’ve traveled much, then you’ve probably noticed that the more expensive, “better” hotels charge for WiFi while the same service is often included in the room rate at less expensive hotels. This phenomenon probably seems odd to you — isn’t this the opposite of what you should expect? In this article I’ll provide an explanation, and I’ll offer advice on how you can avoid the same problem in your own business...."

    Full story: http://blog.makingitclear.com/2012/07/10/wificharges/
     
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    Interesting article. Another possible explanation is that for the lower rate hotels free WiFI is a determining factor in choosing one hotel over another. For people who pay for the upscale hotels, if they don't already have status, free WiFi may not be a make or break factor.
     
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    Well that just takes the cake. I'm going to the executive lounge and fill my pockets with cheap canapes and balance things out.
     
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    I always thought they charged for WiFi for the same reason George Clooney dates many beautiful women...because they can!
     
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    I've asked this question multiple times before.

    It's the same reason they can charge for breakfast or anything else.
     
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    I've noticed that the global trend is towards free 'restricted' wifi, providing the option for 'faster/premium' internet.

    Alas it's also now meaning that these premium wifi services are not being included as elite benefits.
     
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