Unfortunate! But when one is pressed for time, these things can happen. I would say it wasn't such a bad experience, but yes, something to learn from!Hotelier confirmed that, they never agreed any aggregators to jack up prices by 81%.
So next time, better check the tariff at hotel website, before going ahead with a booking on MMT.
True. But then, since the entry barrier is low - there are new entrants regularly, so they cannot really get to a monopolistic situation. As soon as consolidation happens, you are sure to find a new comer who will drive the prices down to saner levels.this is the sign of things to come..we will be getting more dependent on these sort of apps and they will take us for a royal ride all the time.. travel, food, shopping - everywhere this has started to happen
Well said! That is something I follow to the T. Never book a place where you cannot talk to the person at the front desk. All these websites/apps/travel companies add an unnecessary layer between you and the property increasing chances of confusion. Deal with the hotel directly and cut them out.Safest bet is to shortlist few hotels online by applying as many coupons/deals/other lures, and then try negotiating with hotel directly.
Fact of the matter is, travel agents and booking sites get rack rates from the hoteliers i.e. a discount ranging from 15-40% of the listed rate, depending on the number of room nights they are buying in a year. These are pre-negotiated and aren’t really dynamic, at least not in the case of traditional travel agents.Hotel room pricing is a very flexible and negotiable thing, so blaming apps here may not be appropriate. Its the price vs convenience payoff. Bookmyshow charges so much extra over window prices, yet its a thriving business.