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Hotels.com cheaper to book within the USA? Is this true?

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Hotels.com cheaper to book within the USA? Is this true?

Could someone please help with this.

I was advised today that it is much cheaper to book through hotels.com if you book within the USA then it is from other countries like Australia. Is this true?

I have just booked the Hampton Inn on 31st for 7 nights from April 25 for $1750USD including taxes.

Is it the same price if you booked from within the USA?

Just curious.

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1. Re: Hotels.com cheaper to book within the USA? Is this true?

No. In fact, the cheapest rate I'm seeing on Hotels.com for that hotel (which, BTW, is Hampton Inn Manhattan Madison Square Garden) for your dates is $2,240 USD with tax, and that's a prepaid rate.

A few weeks ago, someone posted a Hotels.com link on the forum that actually displayed different prices to different people in different regions. Even some people within the U.S. saw different prices. Who knows, prices could be adjusted using more than just region (e.g. browser cookies, etc). I have no clue.

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2. Re: Hotels.com cheaper to book within the USA? Is this true?

Interesting. I am just outside of Boston. Using your dates, 2 people; the cheapest I see is, non refundable, 2 double beds with an avg nightly rate of $270 or 7 nights for $2197.12, including tax

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3. Re: Hotels.com cheaper to book within the USA? Is this true?

Also, keep in mind the AUS$ - US$ difference.

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4. Re: Hotels.com cheaper to book within the USA? Is this true?

I just had a look at the actual hotel website, and I am from Aust also, and the price I am getting is US$2023 pre tax. Lets see if this comes out:

25 Apr 2014 289.00 46.13 335.13

26 Apr 2014 289.00 46.13 335.13

27 Apr 2014 *189.00 31.38 220.38

28 Apr 2014 *279.00 44.65 323.65

29 Apr 2014 *329.00 52.03 381.03

30 Apr 2014 *329.00 52.03 381.03

01 May 2014 *329.00 52.03 381.03

02 May 2014 *309.00 49.08 358.08

Room Subtotal: 2,715.45

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5. Re: Hotels.com cheaper to book within the USA? Is this true?

I've just doubled checked and we paid $1766.00 for 7 nights in a standard king room. The price I have given you is in USD not AUD. To book with the hotel direct was May more expensive but the rate from hotels.com was super cheap. Average rate is $252.00 per night including taxes. We were given a 20% discount for booking 7 nights.

Our friends booked the same rate today on the same room category. Really fascinating.

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6. Re: Hotels.com cheaper to book within the USA? Is this true?

To answer the OP's initial question, no it is not true, as correctly stated by Chritnp2.

The differences in rates is due to dynamic pricing algorithms, which is now interfaced with other rates and inventory allotment/load within the hotel system for yield optimisation. This is completely 'live'.

And contrary to popular beliefs, it can fluctuate both up and down to self adjust for new reservations (decreased inventory), and cancellations (increased inventory). These increase and decrease may be the result of numerous different channels, so the influencing factor is not exclusive to any one distribution source. It is almost impossible to pinpoint, and this doesn't even take in fluctuations in exchange rates used.

Any times when guests see identical rates, are simply periods of static movement - or simply, no reservations no cancellations - which can be for extended periods.

Price differentiation/market segmentation strategies used in retail, cannot work with hotel inventory.

Edited: 02 April 2014, 05:14
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