Travel Tip: When Booking by Phone Might Help You Save on a Hotel Room
Well, you might not.
There’s a small war going on between major hotel brands and online travel agencies like Expedia.
It’s all about placement, commission, and transparency.
Expedia is now charging hotels for preferential positioning on its site.
In other words, hotels that pay more to Expedia come up first on a search.
Expedia’s normal commission of 15 percent to the hotels can now be as high as 30 percent.
So do consumers know about this pay for positioning program at Expedia? Well, now you do.
Smart travelers can actually benefit from this knowledge.
If you find a hotel on Expedia that you like, what’s to prevent you from calling the hotel directly and asking them to beat the quoted price on Expedia?
Essentially, you’ll be halving their commission and saving on the room.
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