Are Hotwire/Expedia/Travelocity cheaper than Group rates?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

No, it was like that at our wedding, too! The group rate was $130/night, but on Expedia it was $100/night!

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

This is a big problem in the hotel industry. Many hotel sales people don’t realize how offering lower rates on expedia etc actually hurts their business. The problem with Expedia and other companies is that your guests inevitably get differrent hotels.

Also, some hotels like Intercontinental have started to offer free internet only to guests that book directly with them. I think a better way is to get group rates from all the hotels online. Try going to http://grouptravel.org/group-rates-for-hotels/

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

The advantage of a group rate is that the rooms are reserved for your guests to book until whatever date is agreed upon – and of course they all wind up at the same hotel. If your area is at all likely to book up, it’s a safer option to reserve a block (of course if people are likely to book last-minute they’ll be in the same boat regardless, but you can at least push people to book by the block deadline if you have stragglers).

 

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