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Why isn't the price on accor.com specific to the dates entered in a search?

Why isn't the price on accor.com specific to the dates entered in a search?

Old Jun 28, 11, 4:24 pm
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Why isn't the price on accor.com specific to the dates entered in a search?

Or, alternately, is accor.com trying for a bait-and-switch pricing scheme?

Apparently the initial search results on the Accor.com site do not reflect the actual room rates for the nights you are searching:

Click through and this is the lowest available rate:


What gives?

The best answer I could get from Accor was that the initial search is for the full month, not any specific dates, despite specific dates being listed in the search box. Doesn't make a lot of sense to me and left me as a quite unhappy potential customer.

Is it just me? Or is this typical of their site?
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Old Jun 29, 11, 4:40 am
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Very good question, I noticed this as well on occasion.
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Old Jun 29, 11, 5:56 am
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This is quite common. I emailed Accor May 2010 (last year) and asked them the same question but they never reply me. So I emailed my Advantage Plus Rep. and was replied with the same answers, ie the rates shown are for the month and as specified to the dates I had keyed in

But I believe this could be due to a technical glitch

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Old Jul 3, 11, 10:25 am
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whenever i search with specific dates i get a specific rate. if i search location based only, i get the lowest available price within a 7 or 30 day period which i actually quite like as this allows me to see if the rate is a good one or not...

in your particular example it looks like the BAR rate is not even displayed, so that may also play a role...
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Old Jul 4, 11, 1:07 pm
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I think that on the first screen they show you the lowest nightly rate over the chosen period. On the second screen you get an average price over all nights.

In your case one night is probably a lot cheaper than the other night, that's why you get this result.
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Old Jul 4, 11, 4:53 pm
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Originally Posted by Koby View Post
I think that on the first screen they show you the lowest nightly rate over the chosen period. On the second screen you get an average price over all nights.

In your case one night is probably a lot cheaper than the other night, that's why you get this result.
My "chosen period" was the two night stay I was looking for. The "average rate" shown there was not applicable at all to either of the two nights I was searching for.
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Old Jul 7, 11, 1:46 pm
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My "chosen period" was the two night stay I was looking for. The "average rate" shown there was not applicable at all to either of the two nights I was searching for.
There goes my theory...

Anyway, have you checked the price for the dates from your screenshot again? I get lower prices than what you got.
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Old Jul 7, 11, 3:44 pm
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I noticed that this week also, the Price from not being the same as the Book now price.

After some fiddling, I realized the + sign indicated the rates available and that the price I saw second page was for all the nights, and not per night.

The lower price was a no-cancellation price and had a bunch of differences from what I selected (bed size...)

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