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Whatever we learnt so far from our online hotel booking experiences is really shocking and heart breaking. Yes I am going to tell you the kind of clever fraud going on cyber world with the help of several softwares and hotels themselves.
1- Misguided information by hotels – Several big luxury hotels publish high rates on their websites but same hotel rooms are available at much cheaper rates on various travel booking websites. For example if you check a hotel for direct booking they will tell you rates of the room without breakfast but for the same hotel you will find cheaper rates with free complimentary breakfast on other travel booking websites. When you start booking process they will silently give you further increase in the prices with tag of city tax, service taxes etc.
Tip – Make tabulation list and jolt down the prices, with taxes and free breakfast in the hotel websites as well as other travel websites. Call both of them and confirm it in written emails first.
2- Your IP address is tracked – The moment you start searching for a hotel destination and while you are busy comparing prices the top hacking softwares starts showing you the pop ups like rates are increasing, property is sold or only few rooms are left etc..They know your demand and they start supplying you the information they want you to see.
Tip – Search from home and book from other friends home or office or your mobile data. And please do not give ur email id in the price watch hook.
3- Kids age drama – Put inquiry for 2 adults, check rates than 2 adults with 1 kid check rates than 2 adults with 2 kids and check the rates. Now put kid age 11 years check rates than put kid age 12 years and check rates.
Tip – In the final time of booking enter right age to avoid any drama in hotel. They know your tricks well and they are waiting you to lie so that they can charge you hefty amount.
4- Location nuisance – Check the airport and distance of hotel first instead of rates. Maybe what you saved in booking goes in airport shuttle taxi. They say 10 minutes drive but dont trust it.Just search the map and see if you wish to stay near hotel and willing to travel to city or you wish to saty in city and see the city within close proximity.
Tip – Try to stay in city. You can see local areas by walking too.
5- Breakfast mania – Wherever you are going check for top ten hotels with free breakfast than check top ten family hotels because by that you will get the idea of hotel’s vibe. Check the travellers photo on websites to get the idea of breakfast. Hotels charge very heavily for the breakfast.
Tip – If you are not an early eater than you can have breakfast at local areas too or may be at Mcdonalds too. Try local cuisine and send one mail to hotel to check their offer prices with breakfast and without breakfast too. Compare it with other website offers as well.
6- Useless ammenities are expensive – Swiming pool is the biggest useless thing as well as gym too. You can get lured by looks and facilities until and unless you are physical fitness feak.
Tip – Look for a property which offers great room facilties at lesser prices if your stay is short.
7- Expensive free travel guide – Hotels offer you free travel guides who actually are appointed to push you towards their choice of tourist attraction with fixed commissions. They will eat with you at most expensive places and you will end up in getting robed by a nice smiling person.
Tip – Before starting journey give yourself sufficient time to research well. Make a list and hire a local taxi driver to show you places. Read reviews of the other travellers and dig out information from them. They might surprise you by their experiences too
8- Check in time nonsense – If you are landing at 5 am and hotel checkin timings are from 3.00 pm noon than trust me with little kids you will go through hell. Hotels are not blind as it is a joint cheating operation of tour operators and hotels. They are earning that way only so that you pay for one night extra to get early morning check in. It is a big game.
Tip – Before booking send the hotel an email that your flight timings are this and you will check in early and you got kids too. Pressuirize them to ensure you that they will give you early check in confirmation.
9- Currency exchange n taxes – Make three tabulation bars . Your currency mode, hotel’s country currency and taxes. Check what is how much is city tax, sales tax and other hidden charges. Be ready for no respenses from hotels. They are not interested in calucalative and brilliant customers travelling on budget . They want maximum of business class travellers or unattentive travellers. So if you are not checking little details in the first place than you might end up in paying big amounts while being in foreign land.
Tip – Keep a calculator around.
10- Hotel transport services – Maximum time hotels offer local sight seeing tours with drivers and vehicles and to avoid any cheating outside taxi drivers. Hotels have charts and packages too.
Tip – Check online that city’s local tour operators and check the difference. If not sure of local vibe than go for secured hotel transport only.
Happy journey to u all! 🙋🏻