Good news for frequent travelers who are part of the 40 million Americans who suffer from allergies!
Hotels are now offering "hypoallergenic" rooms that are thoroughly cleaned to reduce dust mites, bacteria and other irritants — for a price that is.
We knew there was a catch! Ha!
For a $25 premium, allergy sufferers can book a room that has been specially cleaned with eco-friendly disinfectants, air purified, and includes beds with linens that protect from dust mite allergens.
According a 2010 survey by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, 38% of hotels have an allergy-friendly option and hotels providing air purifiers more than doubled to 25% of respondents, up from 12% in 2008.
However, not everyone is jumping up and down about the increased premiums for increased protection.
Paul Williams, an allergy specialist, believes hotels should be offering "reasonable options" for allergy sufferers, instead of an expensive premium, saying:
"There really isn't any scientific evidence to support some of those (hypoallergenic claims). People are paying money they don't need to pay, but it's their choice."
Exactly! At least it is a choice, unlike paying for checked baggage on airlines.
If your allergies are so bad that you'll need to fork up a little extra dough for the added insurance you won't be breaking out in hives or sneezing up a storm, these premiums can only benefit you.
However, if an Allegra is all you need, than maybe it's a better idea to save your $25 for a nice dinner instead.