So is anyone else noticing this trend lately?
I pulled up a list of available hotels for the Tampa area for next week. I have been staying at a courtyard that has a 139/night M-W then 69/night for Th night. I see on the list page that the lowest price is $69/night but then on the view rates list, no where is that 69/night rate listed.
Now I generally can't stand how it shows the lowest rate for the one night of your stay, while the balance is something quite something different. The old way was to show the prevailing rate for your stay and notes when there's a one night difference. The OLD way was far better for me because if I'm staying in a property and paying for it, someone else is actually paying for it and I have set rates to stay within. Having to dig really is making it a pain in the nether regions.
This however is completely frustrating. I can't even find the dang rate it shows! This isn't isolated to this one courtyard, its across many properties here in Tampa. Its almost enough to make me expand my horizons to some other brands locally. I mean I love the perks of plat prem status but having lifetime plat...hmmm..
so is it me or is anyone else frustrated by these changes and somewhat bait/switch pricing?
Zukracer, my good Insider pal, it's not you, and you're certainly not alone in the "consistently inconsistent" pricing patterns (and web site designs) that lodgers face in attempting to secure an attractive price. Just look at the More Like This Column over to the right and posts like the following, (don't wade in or you'll really grow frustrated - it's just to point out, that you're not alone);
And as for your specific observation today, yes, I the pricing grid troll, have experienced (and written about somewhere in the bowels of one of those links above) a price posted that can never be found, but what are we going to do? I feel your pain brother, I suggest you remember the Insiders motto, and you will be numbed into feeling better:
We bang our heads against the wall, because it feels so good when we stop.
Have a great day zuk. Keep on keepin' on Insiders.