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Old 11-09-2014, 10:49 AM
 
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Actually as often as not, the legacy carriers have equal or better rates than SW. It's a misnomer that WN is always the cheapest.
Agreed that WN isn't always the cheapest, at least as far as general fare. However, WN does include checked bags into their fare where many (if not most) legacy airlines do not include it. Depending on what's important to you, it's worth making sure you compare all expenses on "apples-to-apples" comparison.

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I would agree for the major chains. However there are numerous small boutique hotels that consistently have a high enough occupancy rate that they are easily able to tell the OLB's to go scratch. Some pay a low negotiated commission, others just don't bother with the big online agencies. They would rather lose $200K a year in unrecognized profit than pay $400K a year in commissions.
Agreed here too...it really depends on the particular hotel and their location, business mix, and marketing savvy. Unfortunately, I've heard Expedia go after some small independents with commissions approaching as much as 40% - on the argument of the "free advertising we are doing for you to 60 million people around the world". At that point, I'd have a hard time paying it. Paying around $30 per reservation for "free advertising"? I'd have to look at the numbers, but I'd think you could do a lot of PPC advertising for $30/reservation (though, as Expedia would point out, you have to do that upfront).
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Old 11-09-2014, 11:25 AM
 
Location: City of Angels
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I had no idea Expedia was that huge.
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Expedia is definitely huge
Is it? It has always been my understanding that Priceline is significantly larger than Expedia. Afterall, Expedia's market cap is only $10 billion as opposed to $60 billion for Priceline.
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Old 11-09-2014, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Honolulu
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@GBCommenter, thanks for the informative reply. Well, the website I got the significantly cheaper rate from was Amona, which for some reason is one of those sites that often has rates cheaper than the hotel website. The hotel was Hilton but this was in September so I guess it's too late to cash in but I'll be on the lookout for it in the future. I do notice that most of the cheapest travel websites rates are comparable to the hotel website, which is usually why I book through the hotel website but Amoma is one of those that's often significantly cheap, for some reason. The downside is that Amona seems to be kind of a sketchy website. They kept rejecting my debit and credit card when I tried to buy a room, then someone from Amona called me and I had to make my reservation over the phone. At the end though, it was worth it to spend an extra 20 minutes to save money.
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Old 11-09-2014, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Long Neck,De
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Remember if you book through a website like Expedia or Booking.com and need to make changes you will need to make the changes through them not the hotel.
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