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Feecation is a program that gives you rebates on airline, hotel, car rental, and Wi-Fi fees.
How Does It Work?
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!
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?
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
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)
- Convenience fees
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
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:
- Conference centers
- Rest areas
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.
You’ll then be prompted to describe the kind of fee paid, who charged you the fee, the date, and how much you 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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.
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.
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!