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Old Jan 5, 17, 4:14 pm   #1
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booking.com

Looking for opinions: booked a FL hotel last Oct. Obvious mistake rate of $22/night for this friday. Got an email a day ago that they caught the mistake and they would allow me to have reservation for $159. I declined. I asked for a further reduction, reached out to FB and nothing . I called again today and was offered $25. Apparently it is being sent by check. I am not holding my breath. Am I lucky,lol?
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Old Jan 5, 17, 4:18 pm   #2
  
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yup

Over the past year or two I've noticed booking.com become less and less competitive.

Nice website, good info - but I can almost always find a cheaper price elsewhere. Couple of times I reached out to them and - nothing. IIRC were not interested in matching.

So, not too impressive.
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Old Jan 11, 17, 1:25 pm   #3
  
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Its up to the hotel's manager. If you can't negotiate with the hotel, booking won't support you further, they just collect the 15% provision
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Old Jan 12, 17, 12:51 pm   #4
  
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Really ? 15 % ?

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Its up to the hotel's manager. If you can't negotiate with the hotel, booking won't support you further, they just collect the 15% provision
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Old Feb 3, 17, 12:45 pm   #5
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"Over the past year or two I've noticed booking.com become less and less competitive."

I've noticed this as well. Agoda in particular sometimes offers pre-pay rates on their mobile app that beat booking.com, on occasion by a considerable amount if they're offering "budget" rooms not listed on booking.com. And yes, I know they're both owned by the same parent company.
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Old Feb 6, 17, 1:25 am   #6
  
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Probably the only good thing about booking.com is they make it easy to cancel your reservations. Up to, I think, 2 days before the trip. Otherwise you can usually find better deals elsewhere.

Many of the popular OTAs get a commission between 10-15%, last time I booked on booking.com through my affiliate I saw they were taking 11% on my stay.
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Old Feb 8, 17, 4:17 am   #7
  
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Expedia group takes 25% commission, depending on hotel of course.
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Old Feb 9, 17, 12:18 am   #8
  
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Booking.com is only good for browsing the inventory, and you can then book directly or elsewhere once you know what's available. Also, their customer service is fantastically bad, although chances are you'll never need it; if you do though, it'll be a pythonesque experience.

I've never found Agoda.com to be cheaper than Booking.com once you factor in all the "service" fees, etc. listed separately. They do seem to have more properties listed in the super low-end of the market though.

And surprisingly enough, I've found Expedia to be cheaper on a number of occasions, which I would have never expected to be the case.
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Old Feb 18, 17, 8:59 pm   #9
  
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I looked at a HI in London on booking.com and found it cheaper than the HI/IHG website. About $20 less. I always thought the hotel sites were the lowest. This is for August.
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