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    Hotel booking sites; the latest.

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    Hotel booking sites; the latest.

    Post by papa_umau on Mon 23 Apr 2018, 11:40 am

    Major inquiry amid fears millions are being ripped off by hotel booking sites

    A major investigation was launched today into whether millions of holidaymakers are being ripped off by hotel booking websites.

    The inquiry by the Competition and Markets Authority will investigate how hotels are ranked in online searches, including whether results are influenced by the amount of commission a destination pays to the website.

    It will also examine “pressure selling” and whether websites can create a false impression of the number of rooms available or rush customers into making a decision with warnings such as “six other people looking at this now” and “last booked three hours ago”.

    Read the whole report from The Evening Standard HERE.




    I guess this is just another twist on the use of comparison sites and how they work too.

    This is a subject fraught with dangerous practices and when doing such bookings we are well advised to be very careful throughout the booking system.



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    Re: Hotel booking sites; the latest.

    Post by zathrus on Thu 26 Apr 2018, 11:41 am

    I agree that booking at distance via the internet is always a dangerous thing to do and that is why I do it via my local travel agent; at least there I have somebody to remonstrate with if anything goes wrong or I am overcharged.
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    Re: Hotel booking sites; the latest.

    Post by papa_umau on Fri 27 Apr 2018, 11:07 am

    Yes, dealing with someone face-to-face is a much better way than doing it electronically via the internet.

    Sadly, nowadays the high-street just cannot compare to the internet for choice or price.

    If you are prepared to take the risk, you can save a lot of money doing it online.


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    Post by Angie baby on Sat 28 Apr 2018, 11:48 am

    As long as you are doing it with a long established company online there is minimum risk of it going wrong or getting bad information.

    Sometimes people just go to the cheapest site they can find, and this is where the risk gets increased.
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    Re: Hotel booking sites; the latest.

    Post by papa_umau on Sun 29 Apr 2018, 12:11 pm

    Quite right Angie.

    The cheapest deal is not always the best or safest one.


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