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Prices have not dropped in Udon. They are still asking the same price pre corona.

I have no issues with that. I pay the price for a hotel based on my needs.

But there are no bargains to be had.

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Contrary to what some people have posted in the past, I have never gotten a better deal going directly through the hotels front desk or the hotel website than I get booking on Booking.com or Agoda.  M

I've stayed in some fantastic places for that price or less. Had a penthouse AirBnB in Saigon for that. Large room with a great swimming pool in Siem Reap for less.   You've just g

Contract with Booking.com/Agoda usually states no undercutting by the hotel.

23 hours ago, Orton Rd said:

Anyone know of any Hotels in Bkk with bargain rates at the moment?

We recently stayed at iBis Riverside, thoroughly enjoy these iBis hotels around Thailand. They are family friendly with double bunks for two kids in the same room as the parents, we also had a twin for the teenage boys, can recommend, BTS is about a 10 minute walk, although the hotel has a shuttle service on the hour and if you like eating in, the outdoor area at night looking out to the river with boats lite up is quite refreshing after being in the sticks for a while.

 

We booked through Bookings.com as usual for a night, but decided to stay two more nights and they gave us the same rate, no reduction and we weren't really looking for a reduction as it was cheap enough, although I did see on their part of the receipt that booking.com received 17.5% commission for the hotel being advertised on their platform for the one night stay, so it was 1,997 for the family room and 1,298 for the twin both included breakfast, there is onsite security parking and a good size swimming pool, it's a good clean modern hotel, and trust you me, I am fussy, only thing it didn't have was a balcony as I like to hang my costumes out to dry, apart from that, I would give it a 9.

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4 hours ago, bkk6060 said:

That's because these web brokers buy the rooms in bulk at a discount.

 

Which also explains cases where the third party website has rooms available but the hotel website does not.

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4 hours ago, bkk6060 said:

But, the 90 minute drive to Bangkok where he wants to stay will add to the price.

Its back for a visit to---specs for you............🙄.............DUH

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22 hours ago, Upnotover said:

I've always understood that the hotels agreement with Agoda or whoever says that thay must not match or undercut the Agoda rate hence their reluctance to do so as they probably get many times more bookings through booking sites than directly.

Which is such a scummy move when Agoda points (future discount) means they're undercutting the hotel, even if the hotel were to match the rate. I don't understand why all large hotels don't have 'Direct booking points' or some nonsense, which sidesteps the undercut rate clause.

 

4 hours ago, bkk6060 said:

That's because these web brokers buy the rooms in bulk at a discount.

 

I'm not sure Agoda does, they don't want the inventory risk. That doesn't mean they don't get a reserved allocation, but I think I read they don't incur any of the risk, which is why hotels aren't so thrilled about it.

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These booking sites must be lying, still say stuff like 4 people just booked and only one room left etc, bit hard to believe at present

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43 minutes ago, jacob29 said:

 I don't understand why all large hotels don't have 'Direct booking points' or some nonsense, which sidesteps the undercut rate clause.

 

 

Many major international hotel chains do but the value of their points is sometimes debatable.  In some situations I use Hotels.com but first click through a portal such as Topcashback for an additional discount.  Its also often possible to get Hotels.com giftcards at a discount for more savings.  There are advantages and negatives regardless of the option used.     

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5 star we decided on is 1800 inclusive on booking.com, rang hotel who said the rate is 2700 but with the 40% state discount that makes it 1533 baht. So you can save a bit but more like 10%.

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22 hours ago, Orton Rd said:

5 star we decided on is 1800 inclusive on booking.com, rang hotel who said the rate is 2700 but with the 40% state discount that makes it 1533 baht. So you can save a bit but more like 10%.

Sounds good price, which hotel?

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On 7/27/2020 at 4:17 PM, BritManToo said:

Contract with Booking.com/Agoda usually states no undercutting by the hotel.

 

On 7/27/2020 at 4:18 PM, Upnotover said:

I've always understood that the hotels agreement with Agoda or whoever says that thay must not match or undercut the Agoda rate hence their reluctance to do so as they probably get many times more bookings through booking sites than directly.

This only applies to rates offered on the hotel's own website. It does not (and could not) apply to rates obtained by direct contact with the hotel (phone, email, walk-in).

 

Also, hotels (in some other countries, at least) legitimately get round the no-undercutting rule by offering freebies (welcome gift, late check-out etc) if you book on their website.

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Most of the time the front desk staff aren't enabled to make a deal - discretely or otherwise, so they'll let you use the wifi in the lobby to make a booking on agoda or whatever your preference is, explaining the 15% comission loss is pointless.   I've sometimes got a better deal by a few % extending and paying in cash, but obviously they dont declare these extra nights to the travel company. 

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14 hours ago, Orient Express said:

 

This only applies to rates offered on the hotel's own website. It does not (and could not) apply to rates obtained by direct contact with the hotel (phone, email, walk-in).

 

 

Why couldn't the contract apply to walk-in and phone rates?

 

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Had, what I considered to be a very good deal with Hopeland Hotel, soi Sukhumvit 8.

 

25,000 baht for 30 days, or 22,000 baht electricity extra (no breakfast, cleaners once a week).

 

Soi 8 is really nice, very quiet, good restaurants and pleasant bars.

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