Finding one potential Best Rate Guarantee option is a great find for a reduced cost hotel stay. Finding two Best Rate Guarantee rates in different chains means a duel for the best rate and benefits.
Marriott offers a Best Rate Guarantee called Look No Further. A successful claim reduces the lower hotel rate from the competing website by 25%.
InterContinental Hotels Group Best Price Guarantee offers a lower rate price match plus first night free. Restrictions were added to the IHG free night offer a few months ago. Now there is a restriction disallowing multiple claims for a free night on consecutive nights by members of the same household for IHG hotels within 50 miles of a hotel where a successful BRG claim was submitted. Read More…
Is there an OTA hotel booking website where all combinations of dates are checked to find the lowest rate?
A website with a combinatorial search function could save me lots of time.
For example, a 3-night stay in a city has six combinations of possible hotel rate checks using all the combinations for the three dates: A, B, C, A-B, A-C, A-B-C.
My experience shows that booking the three night stay, A-B-C, can mean paying a much higher rate than otherwise necessary.
Changing the letters to dates, assume I need a hotel stay March 1-3, 2013. The total cost of the hotel can vary among the different date combinations I use for the reservation.
- March 1-3 (3 nights)
- March 1-2 (2 nights)
- March 2-3 (2 nights)
- March 1 (1 night)
- March 2 (1 night)
- March 3 (1 night)
Most of us will probably first check hotel booking sites for the three night stay, March 1-3. Many travelers will not go beyond the rate search for the 3-night stay to check rates using the other combinations of dates.
FACT: Hotel rates often vary on extended stays depending on how you input the stay dates.
Hotel Rate Revenue Managers are not the traveler’s friend. Read More…