Colorado Springs, Colorado 2021-06-10 14:02:02 –
Are you planning a summer trip? Hotels are raising prices amid surges in demand.
CNBC reports: The average hotel price in Cancun is now $ 205 per night, up from $ 45 a year ago when there were few travelers.
New York City is one of the few areas where fares are still low, as many tourists haven’t returned yet. But elsewhere, hotel rooms have almost returned to pre-pandemic levels.
Also, in some cases, the rate may increase after booking.
Most of January disappears on arrival
Through the travel site Agoda.com, Latisha Walker found a large pandemic-level $ 411 for a three-night girl vacation at a hotel in Miami Beach in January.
“Everything was booked. It was paid. I received a confirmation number,” she said.
But when they arrived in Miami Beach, Walker received some bad news.
The hotel has canceled the reservation.
“They said it was purchased through a third party. They said they canceled with that third party in January, but we didn’t receive the message,” she said.
A hotel clerk said the low rates she offered were wrong because it was the peak season of spring break.
“They said they canceled Agoda’s deal because it was spring break and the prices were too low at the time,” she said.
The worst part is that Walker said he didn’t know the price was going up until he arrived at the hotel.
Her group eventually had to pay three times the price of the same hotel. “It was $ 1,939,” she said.
How to protect yourself
Hotels across the country are raising rates to pre-pandemic levels this year.
This means that if you can adjust the rates in fine print on your travel site, the super-cheap rates booked in January or February may run out by check-in time.
Travel experts say to protect yourself:
- Avoid bookings that say “Prices are subject to change”.
- Save a copy of the booking receipt showing the price on your mobile phone.
- In the case of prepayment, it is a contract and requires respect for it.
We contacted Singapore-based travel site Agoda and asked if Walker could refund at least a portion of the amount paid for the new room.
The site has now refunded Walker’s original $ 411 payment, but was still investigating whether she could pay her some of the excess charges she had to pay.
Lattisha Walker says for the next girl’s escape. She books directly to the hotel.
“It was a disaster,” she said.
Keep in mind that third-party travel sites can offer some great deals, but they don’t deal directly with hotels or airlines, which can be misleading.
So keep a good record and don’t waste your money.
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