Boy Genius is here in Bangkok, he plans to visit Singapore and a few other countries in Southeast Asia. He has not traveled that much, even though a part owner of one of the worlds largest Travel Room sites, this will be one of the first time to try to use other Hotel Sites in real life.
Yesterday, he was excited that he found a private room in Singapore for 22 Dollars, and chatted me on Yahoo Messenger the link.
Bangkok, Thailand Khao San Road Area
Sunday, July 6, 2008Blog of Andy HoboTraveler.com
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Boy Genius - 22$ USD on this one
Boy Genius - Singapore …. http://www….
(LINK IS REMOVED, MOST HOTEL SITES ARE THE SAME)
I looked at the link, instantly recognized that they was advertising the single person rate for a two person room, which then went on to say you needed to rent both beds. I then chatted and asked,
Andy - Do you need to have two people in room?
Boy Genius - 22 is not shared
Andy - sure?
Boy Genius - Oops
Boy Genius - hmm
Boy Genius - Tricky
Andy - yes
Boy Genius - This is crap
Andy - The reason for Hideout.
This is one of them great moments for me, when a point is poignantly made to another person, whereby they understand the nature of this travel industry beast.
I have been having fun listening to stories about airplane booking sites also…
“Yes, the ticket is 100 dollars and the tax, fee, and surcharges is 300 dollars.”
When I rent a room, I want to know the all-inclusive price, I want Wireless WIFI Internet access in my room. I almost always have to call and ask, I cannot trust their website.
“Is the Internet Free?”
“Is it in the room, or just in the hotel reception area?”
I have only reserved about five rooms in ten years of travel, the reason is simple, I do not want to learn to hate Hotel, this is where I live, these places are my home. I cannot afford the mental and emotional stress of feeling cheated.
This is trick crap as Boy Genius said, I do not understand why there is so much fine print and why the world makes is so difficult. I do not trust a hotel that does this, and I think to myself, it they will be deceptive with prices, will they be deceptive and steal my computer.
I may be different than the average person, however for me, I want to know exactly how much it cost to rent a room, I want to know exactly how much to fly in airplane. I am quick enough to decipher this maze of tricky crap, I do it daily, I have tons of experience. What about old people, are these site just preying on the older or naïve people of the planet, I feel the answer is yes.
Are people so cynical they do not believe they cannot just be honest and rent their rooms, or sell their plane tickets?Tricky Crap