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Booking through expedia vs. hotel

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by WickedWife, Mar 17, 2015.

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  1. WickedWife

    WickedWife Tourist

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    Hi all, it's a couple hundred cheaper to book through expedia for our trip in August. I'm wondering if there is any reason why I should pay the extra $$$ to book directly with the hotel?

    Thanks
     
  2. garrman

    garrman Low-Roller

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    The first thing that I would do is call the hotel to see if they will match same price that expedia is providing.

    If you are gambling at all, expedia booked rooms cannot be comped so the best case scenario is having the hotel price match. If they won't price match then I'd go with the sure bet and book the cheaper room.
     
  3. Auggie

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    Your countdown timer says "Flamingo" - is that where you are staying? Its hard to fathom there being a couple of hundred dollars difference between booking an Expedia offer versus the hotel directly for a place like Flamingo unless you are looking at the cheapest possible rooms on Expedia and the better rooms on the website.

    If the rooms are the same then you should book the Expedia offer over directly with the hotel - normally the suggestion is to go with the hotel instead if you are going to do some gambling and will be asking for comps at the end of your trip: if you book directly with the hotel and your gambling qualifies for additional comps they can knock the price down or comp some nights entirely, they can't do that if you book through a third party like Expedia. However in this case if the difference is actually in the hundreds of dollars that'd be a whole lot of gambling you would have to do to make up that difference.

    But first thing I would do is double check that the room types are the same between what you are looking at on Expedia and what you are seeing through the hotel website
     
  4. WickedWife

    WickedWife Tourist

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    If I book the flight and hotel together it's $1400.

    If I book the flight and hotel separately its $900 for the flight and almost $700 for the hotel.

    These are all in Canadian prices and I'm being picky and want a Go Luxury room with strip view at the Flamingo.

    I don't think we will gamble enough to make any sort of comp's. Thanks for the help guys, I think we will stick with booking through expedia.
     
  5. hselland81

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    I booked a trip trough Ebookers.no. Paid 16000 NOK total for me and my brother. That was at Aria.
    If i had booked trough Hotel it would have been 12000 NOK for the room and 13000 NOK for the flight. So we saved alot booking trough Ebookers. (9000 NOK. Over $1000)
     
  6. ExVegasLocal

    ExVegasLocal Low-Roller

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    Expedia is discounting your airfare, not your hotel room. By selling you a "package", Expedia is able to sell a special type of airline ticket called a "bulk" ticket that is less expensive than when booking separately. Many travel agencies have these kinds of contracts with airlines. Airlines allow agencies to sell these tickets when packaged with a land component (like a hotel room). Their thinking is that it's a good way for them to sell seats on their airplanes without having to disclose to consumers that they are discounting the cost of their airline ticket and compete with their tickets sold through their retail site. Hope this helps.
     
  7. Krh2o

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    I don't know how many nights you are staying, but remember Flamingo charges a resort fee. Usually when u get trip price that is included when booking through hotel and more hidden through places like Expedia. If it is cheaper the price before taxes and resort fee then definitely take the Expedia offer. You will be able to charge food, drinks, etc to your room, plus with resort fees there are plenty of expenses you can get comped for your play if it is warranted. There is no benefit other then being able to get your room comped (if you gamble a lot each day) for booking through the casino directly.
     
  8. makikiboy

    makikiboy VIP Whale

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    What is the policy with expedia for modifying or cancelling your reservation? Not sure but if you book now through expedia then I think you are locked in, you have to pay the full price now. Not sure if you are able to modify your itinerary or cancel if something comes up or how easy it will be to change your booking though them.

    If you book directly through the hotel they only charge your first night when you make your reservation. You pay the rest when you actually check in. No charge if you cancel or modify your booking (within so many hours/days before your stay). If hotel rates go down then you can easily modify or cancel and rebook.

    You are looking at a stay 5 months from now, usually hotel and air rates fluctuate a lot depending on supply and demand. Expedia packages room and air packages so they can lock you into your reservation and also have to pay it in full now. That way they have your money already and if air or room rates drop they already have you locked in.

    You also need to check if there is anything special going on at the time of your vacation, if there is something going on (like a big convention or some kind of activity) then rates may rise but if there isn't anything going on then they may lower airlines prices and hotel prices to get you to come and stay.

    One thing's for sure, if you book now through expedia then you are already set and you don't need to price watch for air or hotel prices. You only need to worry about renting a car and what you want to do when you are on vacation in vegas.
     
  9. lionelhutz

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    the thing is booking with any of those websites (expedia, priceline, etc...) a good portion of the time, if not all the time, you get the shitty rooms.
    hotels give the more favourable rooms to those that book directly through the hotel (or travel agencies).
     
  10. Krh2o

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    Have you actually heard this? I haven't booked a room in Vegas in many years through a third party, but almost all of my other hotel stays are booked with Hotels.com and I never get what I believe are crappy rooms. I have gotten pretty good ones and some less ideal but each time I make a simple request I have never heard anything about booking through a third party. No one wants a low floor view of a wall or air fan units, long walk from elevator with an adjoining room, but someone has to take it. I have felt that the earlier you check in the better your chances of getting a "better" room are. Over presidents day I checked in that Friday Night at like 9pm. All that was left for a king bed was the third floor. I didn't care about a view so it was fine, but I would hardly call that a premier choice. That was booked through the VIP reservation number for the hotel and comped, so if they do put people in crappy rooms I should have been up this list. The OP has a Go Luxury Strip View, so they will get that. Floor, distance to elevator, etc. depends on what is available when they check in.
     
  11. DReynolds86

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    Book through the hotel.
     
  12. WickedWife

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    I'm definitely booking the same room on both sites.

    Thank you for the info about the travel sites buying in "bulk", that makes more sense as to why they can give me such a great deal.

    We will watch the site to see how the prices go over the next month or so and then book when they go as low as we are comfortable.
     
  13. IWannaBeInVegas

    IWannaBeInVegas VIP Whale

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    Some hotels will meet or beat the reseller price if its a price difference on the rooms directly.

    Here is my experience with Flamingo and Expedia. I booked a room at Flamingo directly and then decided I wanted it all paid for in advance so booked on Expedia. Well a very generous person on this board offered me a coupon for two nights at another property free so I took that. Canceled my bookings both with expedia and Flamingo. Expedia had my refund on my card in a matter of two business days, Flamingo took over 30 and that was only after I filed a dispute with my credit card company.
     
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    it's kind of one of those 'known/unknown' things with hotels. They tend to give their best/most wanted rooms to those who book directly through the hotel. And any issues you have need to be taken up with the website you booked with, rather than the hotel.
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherwarrengash/2013/08/02/the-expedia-myth-2/
     
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    CET has a best rate guarantee. They will match and give a better price. I'd book with CET and then you have the possibility of some sort of back end comp.
     
  17. lotso-bear

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    Book through the hotel. If rates are cheaper elsewhere, try to request a best rate guarantee. If hotels don't price match OTAs, especially if the rate difference is reasonable then they're stupid. They save a good chunk of $ for not having a guest book through an OTA like Expedia.
     
  18. Isaac Wolkowicz

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    great info! I will change my booking through MGM Grand instead of Orbitz!
     
  19. C0usineddie

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    I use 3rd party places all the time.

    i do think you are not eligible for a free upgrade though when using them.

    If you dont care about that and are good with what you booked then it doesnt matter.

    If you are a big time gambler and expect some comps then you might want to go through the hotel. As fir me, i am lucky if they comp towels and toilet paper in the room so i get what I pay for.

    Going to laughlin this weekend and expedia was 1/2 the price the hotel was. of course i took the expedia deal, would be stupid not to.
     
  20. Tokennut

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    I booked through Expedia for May at Gold Coast and T.I. I joined Expedia and became a member. As a member, you have automatic price matching at any point if you find a cheaper price. I called in regards to another matter, and they gave me an unsolicited refund of $118 on one of the hotels because at some point, they had offered it at a cheaper price from when I had originally booked it. I think you mentioned you were from Canada, and with the dollar changes, I find it more peace of mind to have the price confirmed in Cdn dollars, and the hotel paid in full so that there are no surprises with the exchange rate. I have booked with hotels directly, and with Expedia, and cancelled things, and had no problems with either of them. Whatever works for you price-wise would be the best way to go. If you do book with Expedia, become a member, it's just putting in your info which you're doing anyway to book, but you get Expedia points which you can eventually use for further discounts down the line, and they have price matching the entire time. If you're not a member, they only price match within 24 hours of your booking.
     
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