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hawktron
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Hotel scams/prepay scams
hawktron   7/6/2017 4:59:32 PM
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Max

You are correct, this is a scam. As for 'peeved' another good term is 'torked (no sure of the origin of this word, maybe a mid-16th century Engineering term of how you feel when someone has dropped a large stone in the Z direction with a perfect placement on your foot?)'

I am surprised that Courtyard would partner with a company that charged a twenty five percent service fee. And yes, the web page on the ad did look like it was the courtyard web site.

As a frequent traveler, my frustration is with hotels and rental cars that offer a lower cost for 'pre-paid.' This is not a scam, but I don't think people are aware of the cancelation (or lack of cancelation) policy. In many cases you pay a fee to cancel or change. The cost savings between pre-pay and pay-at-pickup are very small.

I used torent from Hertz 100% of the time, but one time, when I called to make a reservation, it turned out to be a pre-pay. When I returned the car a few days eary, there was no refund for early drop off. I was pretty loyal to Hertz, but now I shop other rental car companies to see who as the best rates.

So, now on to the important things. How was the coffee at the Courtyard?

 

 

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Use hotel web site, not third party
MeasurementBlues   7/7/2017 8:54:29 AM
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Max,

When booking hotels for personal travel, I always go directly to the hotel cahin's web site. Unless you decide to preya (at a lower rate), your credit card won;t be charged unless you're a no-show. The site will tell you when you have to cancel to avoid a one-night charge. I like to assurance of knowing that I can cancel and not be charged.

AFAIK, if you book through, say, hotels.com, you will be charged for the entire stay up front.

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MeasurementBlues   7/7/2017 8:57:52 AM
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I decided to accompany her so we could make a fun road trip out of it. Since we were driving, this meant I could bring a couple of large computer monitors, so I'm now ensconced in the corner of our hotel room that I've set up as a mini-command center surrounded by computers and screens.

Sounds like fun.

Max, they make these things called laptops. Have you ever seen one?

 

Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   7/7/2017 9:45:13 AM
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@hawktron: "...As for 'peeved' another good term is 'torked'..."

I'd not heard this one, but I just looked it up on the Urban Dictionary: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=torked

I like the "totally torked" version

 

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elizabethsimon   7/7/2017 11:03:56 AM
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@MeasurementBlues ...When booking hotels for personal travel, I always go directly to the hotel cahin's web site....

I usually do this also, and I also book flights directly on the airline's site. I think I've only once booked using an external site and that was many years ago. Of course, when I'm driving I'm almost always traveling with a dog which means I have to check pet policies carefully before booking.

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It's not just hotels
Elephant Pete   7/7/2017 11:50:08 AM
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There are similar scams with event booking. A while ago I wanted to go to see Mark Knopfler. The ticket sites I normally use had sold out, but markknopflerlive.com had some tickets left. Whoever put this website up had gone to a lot of trouble to make it look genuine, with galeries of photos making it look like a Mark Knopfler fan site, so I booked. It wasn't until two days before the event that I realised the tickets had never arrived and, of course, they'd taken the money and ran. Ever since, I've been very careful.

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Max The Magnificent   7/7/2017 11:57:34 AM
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@Hawktron: "...I am surprised that Courtyard would partner with a company that charged a twenty five percent service fee..."

It's nothing to do with Courtyard -- not their fault -- when a reservation comes in through Priceline.com -- they habe no idea that there's someone on the other side of Priceline adding on an exhorbitant fee

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Max The Magnificent   7/7/2017 12:00:06 PM
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@Hawktron: "...So, now on to the important things. How was the coffee at the Courtyard?"

It's actually pretty good -- they have a sort of bistro downstaits -- I run down and get large coffees and toasted bagles for Gina and myself first thing in the morning.

Since I'm working in my room, the room servuce folks leave me lots of extra sets of columbian coffee for the in-room maker --- I'm quaffing one as we speak :-)

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Max The Magnificent   7/7/2017 12:32:12 PM
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@MeasurementBlues: "...When booking hotels for personal travel, I always go directly to the hotel cahin's web site..."

Me too -- but I can see how easy it woudl be to think you were talking to the hotel's real website.

Just yesterday I was looking for something else -- like a magazine -- and I saw the same spoof ad-based scenario for that.  You have to be so careful these days

 

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MeasurementBlues   7/7/2017 12:35:19 PM
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Mark Knopfler, one of the great guitarists and songwriters. Saw him once with Dire Straits.

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