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I admit that I can be cheap at times. That's deliberate. I don't like paying excessive fees when there are cheaper methods available for an equivalent service or product. I had such an experience during my trip to London. My "solution" was a bit expensive, but still significantly cheaper than paying the standard fees.
I stayed at a Hilton hotel this week that is very close to the exhibition hall where the Who Do You Think You Are? Live! show is held. I have stayed in the same hotel several times in past years and know the hotel's policies and prices well. This year, however, I decided to not pay the outrageous fees.
The Hilton hotel charges £15 per night for Internet access. For a five-night stay, that is £75, or about $120 in U.S. dollars. I consider that to be outrageous. I'd go without Internet access if I could, but I find Internet access is necessary for posting articles to this newsletter as well as for email and other things that I consider to be important. Even worse, I will be back in England in a few weeks and expect to stay another 14 nights or so in other hotels. If I pay normal hotel access fees on both trips, I'll end up paying $300 or more for Internet access during my two trips.
Many hotels in the U.S. provide free Internet access but free service is rare in the United Kingdom or in Europe. In the U.K., most hotels charge £10 to £15 per night for Internet access and I have heard tales of a few that charge even more. Admittedly, the highest price I have ever paid is £15 for 24 hours' access. However, I don't plan to ever pay that again.
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