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Old 06-08-2016, 01:24 PM   #21
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We also had a bad hotel experience with a booking service, Eurail I believe it was. This was probably 20 years ago in Prague. We always book a very centrally located hotel when traveling as we like to walk and take public transport. No record of our ressie and even though we had the paperwork, no rooms available. After trying for several hours to get this resolved, they put us up at a lesser hotel several miles away.

We found out later in the day that the Pope was in town. Yep, they gave our room away to someone willing to pay bigger $$$.
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Old 06-08-2016, 02:33 PM   #22
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Experience with agoda.com?

I wonder if any folks here have experience using agoda.com for booking hotels? They offer many hotel options in Asia and I have used them a few times in recent years for travel to Japan. So far my experience has been fine, although it seems that even though the bookings are listed on the site in USD, in the end you also get a cc charge for foreign currency conversion.
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Old 06-08-2016, 02:53 PM   #23
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With a major chain recently,I seldom find an outside price cheaper then the website for the brand. A few years ago it was common to find much lower prices offsite.

Now just about all major brands have low price guarantees on their websites. I like to give our business to the Marriott brand. For many years they have had a policy that says,find a cheaper price for the same room anywhere else and we'll match it and take off another 25%. Man I had fun with that. If you looked long enough you could find something discounted and save so much money on that booking.
In the last 3 or 4 years these lower prices are getting a lot harder to find. But I always book on the chain website and have branded cards with Hilton and Marriott and I use that card as form of payment. Marriott gives away free Silver Status with it's card. I just feel that gives you a leg up on people who use Expedia or Hotel.com if a problem occurs.

I once had a massive score on this for my DD, SIL, and his Sister and BIL booked 2 rooms in New York city at a huge discount for a 4 day weekend using the 25% price match. This rate actually included breakfast and when my daughter checked-in and asked for the breakfast tickets, the clerk started berating her and said your rate is unbelievably low there is no way this includes breakfast.

After a nice email to corporate after she got home she got a personal phone from the manager of the hotel and all of her breakfast charges refunded.

Most of these booking are domestic US bookings, for outside the US I just usually throw the dice and use Priceline. I figure if you are going to off the ranch, you might as well try for bigger savings.
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............We found out later in the day that the Pope was in town. Yep, they gave our room away to someone willing to pay bigger $$$.
I hope His Holiness enjoyed your room.
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I prefer to book directly with the hotel. However, the last time I book a room in Galveston, I thought I was at the hotel site. Turns out it was Expidia. No place on the site did I see this. Worked out, but I look even closer next time. If you use Google, good chance the first couple of listings will not be the Hotel.
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Old 06-08-2016, 10:10 PM   #27
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I've tried all the big reservation systems, including Expedia, AirBnB, Hotels.com and Booking.com.

Booking.com is my favorite booking website, as they have the most listings worldwide. And they seldom charge my card when I make the reservation.

When booking rooms in the U.S., I stick to just a couple of chain hotels that throw the best sales incentives--like Choice Hotels 1 night free after 2 one night stays in different properties.

Unfortunately, problems do occur. I've been very fortunate to have no room booking problems in many, many years. And I stayed in hotels 4 nights most weeks for 10 years +
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Old 06-09-2016, 12:37 AM   #28
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Anytime you plan to arrive at a hotel after 6pm or so, no matter how you book, it's a very good idea to call them directly the day of arrival - the hotel, not their reservation service - get someone at the front desk who is going to be doing the check ins - and say "I am coming, I am arriving around XPM, please don't cancel my room".

Or if you're not planning on arriving late, but your flight or whatever is later than planned, call your hotel as soon as you land. When hotels are overbooked, and presented with the choice of turning away the person in front of them vs the one who isn't there yet... who do you think gets bumped. At least by having some note in your file there's a better chance they'll keep going thru the list and pick the one after you on the list.

I too always book hotels directly, and look for credit card protections for this sort of thing. With many cards, the hotel is obligated to at least "walk" you which means find you an equivalent near hotel on their dime. I would doubt these protections apply as often, when reservations are not made with a hotel but with a service.
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Booking directly with the hotel is the best way to go.
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Many years ago, I booked a hotel with a travel agent, long before the online options available today. Everything was good except the travel agent booked the reservation for one day less than what was wanted. Cost us an extra $50 for that one day. Since then, I only book directly with the hotel chain, initially calling and now online. I do use Costco for car rentals, but only if I get a better rate than booking directly.
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Well the only way to guarantee nothing EVER goes wrong is to stay home. Travel can be a B%$#h sometimes...
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Well the only way to guarantee nothing EVER goes wrong is to stay home. Travel can be a B%$#h sometimes...
Well said.
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Just remembered another hotel nightmare...Athens, many, many years ago, ressies made through travel agent. Taxi dropped us off in front of hotel which was situated in a residential area. Note on front door, hotel closed for the foreseeable future, sorry folks. Phone # listed, but this was pre cell phones. Anyway, we finally got to the alternate hotel. A 'lovely' little place with limited times for heat and water access. We froze our touchies off. .

What could go wrong did during that trip. I actually should post on the 'you can laugh about it now' thread! We've had some nightmare experiences during our travels but wouldn't trade the experiences for anything.
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