It depends on how much you want to work out there. If you can go somewhere else that's free of the fee, then do it.
But tell them first what you're gonna do. Something along the lines of "well I've been a member here for a long time, I'm a bit broke at the moment, if you can't waive the fee then I'll go somewhere else"
You'll then get a very good idea of how much they want your custom.
And then you either be very gracious and say "thanks" or you say "this is disgraceful, i live in the local area and I'm gonna make sure I tell everyone I know not to train here"
I was a member of a gym (xtreme) for 2 yrs, from when it first started. I was one of the first members. One day it was time to renew my membership but I was moving soon so I only wanted a 3 monther. The response? "We don't do 3 monthers, only 6 & 12". I was like "what? should I go to another gym?"
"yeah, try stafford, they'll do you up"
So i went to stafford. And now tell all my mates never to go to Xtreme.