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Q&A: Is it true those online travel agent things like the one with the Gnome and Capt. Kirk, etc often scam people?

Question by JH: Is it true those online travel agent things like the one with the Gnome and Capt. Kirk, etc often scam people?
People tell me if you book a hotel, for example , and they save you 40 dollars over the course of your stay, they will “make up” for this 40 dollars by increasing your hotel fees, in a very sneaky and hateful way.
Someone i know stayed in a hotel for a few days and so did their friend. The person who used the “discount” service paid a lower nightly rate than his friend, but they paid higher “fees”, so he actually paid the exact same amount as his friend.

Is this a scam?
what do you mean “Buyer Beware”???? They tack on these fees to your quoted price, after you check out of your hotel. They are stealing from you !!!

Best answer:

Answer by Bazinga!
No. Buyer beware. Those sites don’t actually guarantee the best price, simply ‘good’ prices. It’s up to you to determine whether the price is better than another.

A smart buyer will check the entire cost of the stay and make his decision based on that. The fees are stated upfront, there is nothing sneaky or ‘hateful’ about it. I will admit you have to work through the process before you’ll see the total price sometimes, but it’s always listed before you pay or book.

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