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Can You Save Money on Airline Fees, Hotel Fees, and More With Feecation?

Can You Save Money on Airline Fees, Hotel Fees, and More With Feecation?

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Feecation is a program that gives you rebates on airline, hotel, car rental, and Wi-Fi fees.

Can You Save Money On Airline Fees Hotel Fees And More With Feecation
Save Money on Travel Fees With Feecation

How Does It Work?

Link:   Feecation

Feecation is a subscription service that reimburses you for airline, hotel, car rental, and Wi-Fi fees.  It costs ~$17 per month to be a member, but you can try it out for 1 month free before you’ll be charged.

You submit receipts for the fees you’ve paid, and Feecation will reimburse you up to $10 per fee charged, up to a maximum of $1,250 per year.

But you have to submit each expense individually, which means you’ll need to be very organized and diligent about tracking your receipts and spending.  And even if the fee you’ve paid is substantial (like a $150 upgrade fee), you’ll still only get back $10.

With that said, I suspect Feecation makes money from folks who sign-up for the service then forget to submit receipts or don’t have enough expenses to make it worthwhile.  So I wouldn’t join unless you’re sure you’ll have enough expenses to break even and are the type of person who can stay on top of all the organization and follow-through it requires!

Can You Save Money On Airline Fees Hotel Fees And More With Feecation
Feecation Could Save You up to $1,250 per Year on Travel Fees

When you sign-up for Feecation, the 1st month is free.  Every month after, you’ll be charged ~$17, or ~$204 per year.  But you can cancel your subscription at any time.

Which Fees Are Eligible?

Link:   Feecation Terms of Service

You can claim certain fees paid to airlines, hotels, car rental companies, and Wi-Fi providers.  Not all fees are eligible, and taxes, government fees, and surcharges don’t qualify.  You get $10 back per instance (i.e.: per fee or charge paid).

1.   Airline Fees

You can submit claims for the following airline fees, up to a maximum of $500 per year:

  • Checked bags
  • Overweight bags
  • Seat upgrades
  • Seats with extra legroom
  • Early check-in
  • Priority boarding
  • In-flight TV
  • Ticket change fees
  • Cancellation fees
  • In-flight meals
  • Convenience fees
  • Blankets and pillows
Can You Save Money On Airline Fees Hotel Fees And More With Feecation
Upgrading to a Bigger Seat or Ordering an In-Flight Meal? You Can Get $10 Back per Fee Charged

So suppose you took a flight and paid a total of $50 in fees:

  • $25 to check your bag
  • $10 for priority boarding, and
  • $15 for in-flight food

You could submit receipts for all 3 fees paid and get back $30 ($10 x 3 fees).  Not bad!

2.   Hotel Fees

The following hotel fees qualify, up to a maximum of $250 per year:

  • Booking fees
  • Resort fees
  • Use of fitness center
  • Early check-in and check-out
  • Late cancellation fees
  • Baggage holding (bellhop)
  • Parking
  • Convenience fees
Can You Save Money On Airline Fees Hotel Fees And More With Feecation
You Could Save Money on Resort Fees and Parking at Hotels Like the Grand Hyatt Kauai

For example, Emily and I spent 6 nights at the Grand Hyatt Kauai, which charges a resort fee of $25 per night and $15 per day for valet parking.  For 6 nights, we would have paid:

  • $150 in resort fees, and
  • $90 for valet parking (we self-parked though!)

Using Feecation, you could save $60 on resort fees (6 nights x $10) and $60 on parking (6 days x $10).  $120 is a significant savings!  But remember, you have to save (and submit) all of your receipts!

3.   Car Rental Fees

You can claim for these car rental company fees, up to a maximum of $250 per year:

  • Late cancellation fees
  • Airport concession fees
  • GPS rental
  • Drop off fees (returning the car to a different location)
  • Additional driver fees
  • Equipment rental (car seats, ski racks, etc)
  • Early return fees
  • Convenience fees
Can You Save Money On Airline Fees Hotel Fees And More With Feecation
Need to Rent a Car Seat or Add an Extra Driver? Feecation Will Rebate You $10 per Fee

I could have used this when I messed up a car rental reservation in Key West and had to drop off the car at a different location.  That said, I would have only gotten back $10 from the $250 (ouch!) fee I paid, but it’s better than nothing!

4.   Wi-Fi Related Fees

Feecation will reimburse you $10 per instance when you pay for wireless internet at the following locations, up to a maximum of $250 per year:

  • Airports
  • In-air
  • Hotel
  • Restaurants
  • Conference centers
  • Rest areas
Can You Save Money On Airline Fees Hotel Fees And More With Feecation
Need to Get Some Work Done (or Check Your Facebook) in the Air? 😉

Folks who travel often for business and need to get work done on the plane could really benefit from this rebate.  You could get $10 back per flight!

How Do You Submit a Rebate?

You’ll need a copy of the original receipt, with date visible, for the fee you paid.  Once you log into your Feecation account, you’ll be given the option to submit for air, hotel, car rental, or Wi-Fi.

Can You Save Money On Airline Fees Hotel Fees And More With Feecation
First Choose the Category for Your Rebate

You’ll then be prompted to describe the kind of fee paid, who charged you the fee, the date, and how much you paid.

Can You Save Money On Airline Fees Hotel Fees And More With Feecation
Enter the Type of Fee, Airline, Date, and Amount Paid

Once you submit these details, Feecation creates a rebate number specific to your claim.  You’ll need to copy this number and paste it in the subject line of an email you’ll send to rebates@feecation.com, and insert a copy of your receipt or order confirmation into the body of the email.  There’s also an option to send a copy of your receipt via regular mail.

Can You Save Money On Airline Fees Hotel Fees And More With Feecation
Email a Copy of Your Receipt to Feecation, With the Rebate Number in the Subject Line

You can check the status of your rebate online.  Feecation says they’ll mail you a paper check within 4 to 6 weeks.

Is This a Good Deal?

Maybe.  It depends on how much traveling you do and what kind of fees you pay.  And you have to be the type of person who can track and save receipts, and remember to follow up by submitting them!

To make this worthwhile, you’d have to submit at least 21 rebates a year ($210 total) to break even.  That’s because you’d pay ~$204 a year to subscribe to Feecation.

Folks who have credit cards with perks like free checked bags and priority boarding (like the American Express Gold Delta SkyMiles or Chase United MileagePlus® Explorer Card) might not pay much in airline fees compared to others.  Or if you have elite status, many of the fees listed are already waived.

Can You Save Money On Airline Fees Hotel Fees And More With Feecation
You Might Not Pay Many Fees If You Have the Right Credit Cards or Elite Status

And if you have hotel cards that give you elite status, like the Chase Hyatt, Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card, or Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card, you avoid paying some of the hotel fees (like late check-out) anyway.

But this could be a very good deal for folks who:

  • Travel frequently
  • Don’t have elite status or credit cards with perks that waive fees
  • Pay to check bags
  • Rent cars (especially if you add additional drivers or rent equipment)
  • Frequently make changes to your plans at the last minute
  • Pay for Wi-Fi a lot
  • Are super organized and like submitting receipts over, and over…. 😉

If you submitted the maximum of $1,250 in claims each year, it would be like getting ~$1,046 in free money ($1,250 in rebates – ~$204 membership cost).  As long as you’re someone who can be diligent about keeping track of these things!

And because you can cancel at any time, if you know you have some trips coming up where you’ll pay a lot of fees, you could join Feecation, then cancel after your trips are complete.  Then later in the year sign-up again if you have more trips coming up!

That said, this isn’t for everyone.  So do the math (and know your own organizational habits) before you subscribe.

Bottom Line

Feecation is a subscription service that gives you rebates for fees paid to airlines, hotels, car rental companies, and Wi-Fi providers.  It costs ~$17 per month, or ~$204 a year to be a member.

You can get a $10 rebate for each fee paid, up to a maximum of $1,250 per year.  Examples of eligible fees include checked bags, in-flight meals, late check-out fees, or additional rental car driver charges.

This probably isn’t a good deal for folks who already avoid paying fees by having the right credit card or elite status.  But if you travel frequently and are paying a lot of fees, you could get a lot of your money back by using Feecation.  As long as you are organized!

Do you subscribe to Feecation?  Tell me about your experiences in the comments!

 

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How much time do you have to submit a receipt? In other words, suppose I have a receipt dated Sept. 1st? When is the latest I can submit it to them for reimbursement?

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@Steve – Thanks! I added an update to the post.

I have this and am on my 2nd year. It works for me. I travel for a living so I max out the car rental airport concession fee and wifi fee (Gogo subscription), and usually get another $150 ish combined in valet/parking and resort fees. This is only worth it if you are organized (or have to submit an expense report anyway!).

@Ivan – it is per membership year, and the amounts reset on the exact anniversary date of your first payment (13 months in your first year because 1st month is free so no payment recorded)

@wenlin – it is per line-item. Most hotels bill you a separate line item per day for parking or wifi. If not, ask them to do so!

Interesting program. I am anticipation parking fees at a hyatt on my next trip. Can fees for multiple days that are paid all at once be submitted to receive the $10 for each day, or will separate receipts be needed for each day? Perhaps, would an itemized hotel bill suffice?

I imagine the process of canceling this service is called, “De-feecation” . . . 😉

Seriously, who thought this name up?

@Kevin if you submit $6 they’ll only send you $6 it’s good to point out that it usually takes 1 month after you submit your receipt for them to review it and approve it! So if you can’t float the fee or wait for the money to be reimbursed then it’s also not for you. One question I don’t know but hopefully someone can answer this…

Is this a calendar year or a full September to September year??

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