10 Dec 2012
Hotwire Not So Hot
I’m visiting my Grandparents in Montreal this Christmas. They live in a very small town so the hotel room options are quite limited.
There is only one hotel in this town and the published rate was $94 a night. I decided to hit up hotwire.ca to see if they could get me a deal.
Indeed I could! Hotwire was advertising $88.50/night. Great! So I decided to book. The final total was a little higher than I expected: $215.43. Hmm..
I went to expedia.ca and calculated the price they were offering at $94/night. Total with taxes: $215.26. Looks like expedia have them beat by $0.17.
Just for fun, I decided to look up the price with Holiday Inn directly: $215.24, a $0.02 savings over Expedia!
It all comes down to the “tax recovery charges and fees” that the individual websites charge.
The Tax recovery charge is a charge that the Hotel charges Expedia or Hotwire that are imposed by them from the government, such as: room tax, excise tax, tourists taxes, etc.. If this is the case, then why are the taxes and fees different for the same hotel room?
To me, it sounds like hotwire is moving some of the cost of the room into the “fees” category in order to display cheaper per night rates.
I’ll stick with booking with the hotel directly, thank you very much. I’m sure I can use the $0.02 that I saved over booking with expedia. Oh wait, I just did… and that’s my two cents on using websites for hotel “deals”
FYI: The hotel tax in Quebec is 14.98%. Of which it only seems that Holiday Inn is accurately representing in the “Taxes” section.