My daughter is about to be a princess in the Miss Mississippi Pageant, basically a contestant picks a girl below 10 to ride in the parades, make appearances, and be in the show part of the pageant with her. It is a week long affair with rehearsals and the pageant itself. We made reservations in April for this week. When we made them we were stated and its still stated on my reservations through my Marriott online account...$99 for weeknight and $109 for weekend.
We started looking at the schedule and we thought we could save some money by just coming home the first day because its not a late day and the next day doesn't start til 1pm and we live about an hour and half away. So, I went online to modify the dates and when I looked at modifying the rates have gone up and increase each day leading up to the pageant topping out at $189/night the actual 3 nights of the pageant. I simply got out of it and kept what I had, it was cheaper just to keep the extra night than to modify.
Now, I'm worried they are going to try and stick me with the current stated rate and not whats showing in my account of the rate at booking. Is that a valid concern? Im going to call the hotel to make sure. Anyone have nightmares with anything like this or is this something that's common?
Whatever is showing in your reservation is the rate you will be charged. Rates do change, but once you've got it locked in, it stays the same.
It's always good to check rates as sometimes they go down. When that happens, it makes sense to change to the lower rate. When the reverse happens, it's a good feeling to know you got a good deal.
I had a few manager punks try to change my rate on long term stays after I've been there awhile. (TownePlace Suites, Gaithersburg, MD and TownePlace Suites, West Dundee/Elgin, IL) so it DOES happen. However, I reminded them that I had a reservation and expect them to honor it and they did. The Gaithersburg TPS Manager punk even said I had the lowest rate in the hotel and it wasn't fair to the other guests. What a crock of ShiX!
It is almost like airline tickets, there are few seats at a lower fare when those are gone the fare goes up and up and up just like what you have discovered at your pageant hotel. Always recheck rates on any type of reservations you have as long as they are fully refundable rates, airlines, hotels and car rentals.
I've booked a few nights for early next year at a Marriott that is almost across the street from a widely attended PGA Golf event. I got the rate as soon as we were able to access the dates and now the rate is almost triple what I've got it reserved for.
Keep on keepin' on Insiders!!