When Joseph Pollard checks in at the Grange Blooms Hotel, he is charged nearly double the rate for the room he reserved through Travelocity. Neither the hotel nor Travelocity will honor the original rate or negotiate with him. Can our advocates stop the runaround? “Why is Travelocity doubling the rate for my hotel room?”
When Chris Danscuk checks into a Days Inn in Hawaii, he’s surprised by a rate increase. Why won’t the company fix the price? “Why am I paying an extra $600 for my hotel in Maui?”
It’s good news for them, bad news for us. Sorta.
The long drop in hotel rates appears to be nearing the bottom, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. Its lodging analysts believe the economic recovery will lift demand for hotel rooms in 2010.
But hotel rates? That’s another story. Average daily rates in 2010 are expected to remain below 2009 levels, even with the projected bounce. (Can you say Year of the Deal?)
“Bad news, bargain-hounds: “The worst appears to be over” for lodging industry”