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Hotel Booking Sites

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One of life's mysteries to me is why anyone would book on sites like Expedia.com, Orbitz.com, Booking.com, etc. Maybe you can get you a deal in Nowhereville, Iowa in February, but if you expect to find a hotel in a good location in vacation season they waste your time with a lot of slimy deceptive tricks to proclaim huge savings which don't exist. They quote phony discounts on rack rates that no one ever pays and hide taxes to the last moment in attempt to deceive you into thinking that you are getting a great deal. They lure you in with prices for singles in January when you want a double in June. They claim 30-40-50% off when you can just look at the hotel web site and see that it is 0% off - or worse.

I'm on this rant because I have just spent the many hours over the last week trying to book hotels for a European trip. Out of the many dozens of hotels that I looked, the booking sites failed to beat the hotel website even one by a single dollar. Not even once. In many cases, the booking site had higher rates and didn't offer promotions or room options available at the hotel. I've had this experience before, but this time the scummy sliminess of these sites and their deceptive practices just really got to me this time. They are typical middlemen. They produce nothing, create nothing, and provide no real service. They just take their cut of the action by means of lies and deception.

And Priceline? If money is all that matters, then Priceline can be useful. Like all the other deal sites, the only deals you can expect to get are on undesirable hotels in undesirable locations at undesirable times. Unfortunately, it has become so popular that real deals are getting very hard to come by. I've found that you might be able to save money, but the amount has shrunk to the point where its not worth the uncertainty. I'm not going to bid blind in order to save 25%.

My advice is don't be suckered in by these sites. Don't waste your time.

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