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Expedia Gets in On The Blind Booking Game with 'Unpublished Rates'

August 3, 2010 at 2:37 PM | by | Comments (3)

We were trolling hotel booking sites today, as we usually do, and we came across something mighty exciting on Expedia.com--"Unpublished Rates", in other words--blind booking!

It looks like Expedia has finally caught up to Priceline, Hotwire, Quikbook and Travelocity in offering guests deals up to 55 percent off in exchange for not knowing what hotel they are paying for and not being able to cancel or change the reservation.

However, it looks like these deals aren't unique to Expedia as the results are powered in by Expedia's sister site, Hotwire. Still, we wanted to verify if what Expedia pulled up was the same as what Hotwire revealed.

On Expedia for a weekend stay in New York from August 27-29, we found a 3.5 star hotel in the Soho/Financial District area listed for $122, a 4-star hotel in Midtown Central for $209 and a 4-star hotel in Midtown East for $213. On Hotwire, the results looked pretty similar except we saw a 4-star in Midtown Central listed for $199 and a 4-star hotel in Midtown East for $209.

So it looks like Hotwire may still be the place to go for cheaper deals. But we like the convenience of having it done through Expedia and we suppose the Hotwire results on Betterbidding.com (the site that keeps track of blind booked hotels) would work for these Expedia results as well. The prices may vary slightly but we're sure the inventory is the same.

We'll be working on these Unpublished Rates over the next few days but if you've used this new service from Expedia, let us know in comments below how it went (i.e. what hotel you got and for how much!)

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Expedia owns HotWire

Hi - you can see in the corner of your screen shot it says "powered by hotwire". Expedia owns hotwire and so I think they are just trying to link people who are more price sensitive and looking on Expedia, to their other page, Hotwire, for blind booking!

Yup

we noted the Hotwire connection in the story above.

Unpublished Rates Hotels

This sounded like a good idea but in my case it was not. I tried the new Expedia product and got an allegedly 3 Star hotel in London for $266. The hotel was far from 'brand name' and when I checked out the reviews on Expedia's website they were NOT good - dirty rooms, no heating and shared bathrooms. In fact, it was so poorly rated (1.8 out of 5) that not one single guest recommended it.

Expedia may end up shooting itself in its foot with this new product. This new product seems to be just a way for bad hotels to foist of its rooms on the unsuspecting public.

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