Internet Travel Portals Sometimes Bait and Switch

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In some ways, my friends across the pond are much better off than those of us in the United States. This shows up when attempting to use Internet-based travel portals. Internet-based travel portals in the European Union typically show the price offered for a motel and/or airfare in Euros at a bottom-line price.

That is to say the Internet-based travel portal shows with all taxes included in the price offering. I'm sorry to say, this is not always the case with Internet travel portals in the United States. Sadly, more often, Internet-based travel portals in the 50 states tend to use was classically known as bait and switch techniques. 

Of course these sites deny using bait and switch tactics. Perhaps they are not using bait and switch in a classic sense of the law. However, as I make this entry Washington, DC is in fact doing an investigation into this very matter. Call me jaded, I took this as a matter of course. It is why I have my own Internet-based travel portal. Honestly, it's there for me. If you want to use it that's fine. I don't care. It's not how I make my living. I simply cannot afford to waste the time with Internet-based travel portals that play games.

In other entries here at TRCB, I have told you I like Priceline, and given a few hints on how to make it work best for you. Priceline shows you the bottom line, when you're trying to find out the question, how much? I was watching a buddy of mine attempt to find the best deal on round-trip between two cities in the US. On the first round my own Internet-based travel portal came up with the highest price. So we tried a few others. The fares offered were almost 50% less. That's the bait.

When he pulled out his credit card to actually purchase one of these airfares they actually came up with an entirely different rate that was four or five dollars higher than the attempt he made at travel4roadwarriors.

Personally I don't have the time to play these games. I'm a contract trainer. I get a request for can I do this class, in this city, on these dates, for how much? It would take me between two and three hours of research to determine my costs to answer this question. Now I can just go to my own travel portal and get a real quotation for airfare and hotel and rental car. This takes me about five minutes. Now you see why I don't care if nobody ever books a thing through my Internet travel portal. Having it just for me, saves me several hours of determining cost just so I can workup a quote.

Tcat Houser has his own travel portal at travel4roadwarriors.com  Sometimes it is the best deal. Sometimes it isn't.

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