Special rates for local residents

Old Aug 19, 19, 9:33 pm
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Special rates for local residents

I found a special rate which seemed to good to be true at one of the very best hotels (with amazing reviews) and it seems as though it is only valid for people who live in the country.. I tried booking a hote in late September and clicked on special rates, and there is one where for about $220US it includes free breakfast, lunch and dinner!!! I called to ask the hotel a question and the guy told me you have to live locally to get this rate... The gentleman referred me to a few words at the end of the rate rules. Any chance a non-local can get this rate?

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Old Aug 19, 19, 9:36 pm
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I thought its pretty common for a hotel to have special rate for locals?
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Old Aug 19, 19, 9:38 pm
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How is this different than requiring a corporate ID for corporate rates or a government ID for gov rates?
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Old Aug 19, 19, 9:40 pm
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Originally Posted by kaizen7 View Post
I thought its pretty common for a hotel to have special rate for locals?
Very common. Hotels in NA have it all the time, too. They want to attract local tourists, they offer local rates.

To answer the thread title: No

To answer the thread: That's not discrimination.
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Old Aug 19, 19, 9:46 pm
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Exclusive rates for FL and GA residents. Happens many places as others have said. I just wish they had special rates for Baltimore-though I am usually looking for other places to stay.

​​​​​​https://www.marriott.com/specials/mesOffer.mi?marrOfferId=1166637&displayLink=true

Blatant discrimination would be excluding a particular group altogether from staying at the hotel. By your definition, AAA rates discriminate, Senior rates do too etc. There's no difference.
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Old Aug 19, 19, 9:49 pm
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weird i've never noticed and I routinely stay in hotels in my own city..

next question - 1) Is this something where I can show up and argue with the hotel and get them to "honor it"? The email confirmation says nothing about having local ID; nor does the reservation on the website or app once you make it.

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Old Aug 19, 19, 9:51 pm
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Before booking a special rate, it's your responsibility to look at the rate rules and make sure that your qualify, contacting the property or Starriott/Bonvoy if necessary.
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Old Aug 19, 19, 9:55 pm
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
Before booking a special rate, it's your responsibility to look at the rate rules and make sure that your qualify, contacting the property or Starriott/Bonvoy if necessary.

Correct. I had an issue one time where I booked three gov rooms-for legit reasons. The rate was only eligible to two rooms and stated so. At check in, they told me I had to pay a different rate for the third room. As all occupants were gov, they gave us gov for the third room. I was surprised the system booked rooms not eligible, but it was my responsibility.
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Old Aug 19, 19, 9:56 pm
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Originally Posted by Tedgrrrr View Post
weird i've never noticed and I routinely stay in hotels in my own city..

next question - 1) Is this something where I can show up and argue with the hotel and get them to "honor it"? The email confirmation says nothing about having an Emirates ID; nor does the reservation on the website or app once you make it.

Also, I noticed that for the sister property (Royal Meridien) they make it clear right at the top that you need to be a UAE resident...

"UAE Summerlicious Deal 2019, includes buffet breakfast daily at Brasserie 2.0, dinner daily at Brasserie 2.0, wired high-speed Internet, wireless Internet, UAE Resident ID valid ID required"

You risk getting charged at RACK rate if you show up at the door and can't provide documentation. Same as if you'd booked a government rate, e.g.
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Old Aug 19, 19, 9:59 pm
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there is another rate at the same hotel which is a bit more and states:

[Local] Residents getaway, includes buffet breakfast daily, per stay, wired high-speed Internet, wireless Internet, 60 min spa treatment per night ..., [Local] ID valid ID required, see Rate details

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Old Aug 19, 19, 9:59 pm
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It’s not discrimination, RC Batchelor's Gulch has special CO resident rates, Hawaiian resorts often have “kamaaina” rates.
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Old Aug 19, 19, 10:06 pm
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I regularly see some in state or upper midwest rates for low season weekends at local hotels. These rates usually appear only under special offers and sometimes only on the hotel's own website and not when one just searches on Starriott/Bonvoy.
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Old Aug 19, 19, 10:13 pm
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Originally Posted by Tedgrrrr View Post
  • . Valid Emirates ID required upon Check-in
Not really seeing any wiggle room.

I always check the terms and conditions of any special rate that I book to make sure that there will be no complications. e.g. The Westin Ottawa occasionally has better rates for residents of Ontario than my government employee rate. (and yes, I qualify for both)
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Old Aug 19, 19, 10:19 pm
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Originally Posted by Tedgrrrr View Post
weird i've never noticed and I routinely stay in hotels in my own city..

next question - 1) Is this something where I can show up and argue with the hotel and get them to "honor it"? The email confirmation says nothing about having an Emirates ID; nor does the reservation on the website or app once you make it.

Also, I noticed that for the sister property (Royal Meridien) they make it clear right at the top that you need to be a UAE resident...

"UAE Summerlicious Deal 2019, includes buffet breakfast daily at Brasserie 2.0, dinner daily at Brasserie 2.0, wired high-speed Internet, wireless Internet, UAE Resident ID valid ID required"

but you know that the rate details says Emirates ID. Arguing for it seems like bad taste all around. But please book it and play dumb upon check in and let us know how it turns out.
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Old Aug 19, 19, 10:22 pm
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I wouldn't think that it would be wise for a foreigner in some of the mideastern countries to argue in a hotel there about a rate intended only for residents or citizens of that mideastern country/ YMMV.
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