How much do guest complaints cost hotels?

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  1. traveltoomuch

    traveltoomuch Silver Member

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    In at least one case, exactly $100 each. Best Western's 2013 rules for its hotels allow a 100 room hotel only 4 complaints to corporate per year, in total, before the hotel starts getting charged per complaint. After 15 complaints in a year, each one costs the hotel $100. (see rule 500.35) BW considers a property to be in trouble if it gets more than .17 complaints per room per year (rule 500.34). BW Rewards has a similar rule regarding elite member recognition. The property gets a handful of free complaints, then they start costing money, topping quickly at $100 each.

    BW may be an odd case, in part because it is (or appears to be) so hands-off compared to many other brands.

    Anyone have similar datapoints for other brands?
     
  2. anileze

    anileze Gold Member

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    Interesting ! I stayed in many former BW properties in Paris. And, stayed in one former one in Brazil. If I am not mistaken, Isn't BW a licencee-brand ? i.e all properties are owned by individuals entities ?
     
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  3. traveltoomuch

    traveltoomuch Silver Member

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    Yes, all BW hotels are independently owned. Technically it's a non-profit marketing cooperative, where the independently owned hotels are its members. Or at least that was the case ~30 years ago, when the North Dakota supreme court looked closely at their structure.

    Something I should have included in the first post: for complaints passed back to the hotel (v. resolved by BW corporate), BW has a $75 fee for not acknowledging the complaint within two business days.
     
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  4. Bill Hunt

    Bill Hunt Silver Member

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    Interesting numbers. While we have not stayed at a BW hotel, in many years, we have had issues with at least three Hilton properties, and I have fired off letters of complaint, regarding those particular properties. OTOH, I have written four letters of commendation, for other properties - ones, which took great care of us, and especially being HHonors Diamond-level members.

    I try to do the same with my airlines - write UP the good flights, and complain about the ones, where the ball was squarely dropped.

    Thanks for that info.
     
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  5. TravelerMSY

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    Interesting, although I'd prefer the hotels fix the underlying source of the complaints rather than just paying for retractions.
     
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  6. colt245

    colt245 Silver Member

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    Oh that's really interesting, i didn't know hotels got charged for complaints. I wonder what the figures are for other chains, and how much it ends up costing individual BW hotels!
     
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    Mapsmith Gold Member

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    I agree with TravelerMSY. If the Hotels don't want to pay the corporate fines, then they should fix the problems immediately. After all it is called the "Hospitality" Industry.
     
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    It is sad in a way, we have $5.00 an hour helper, and a few million invested in a business and yet the same people that complain think nothing of stealing from their work place.

    I often chuck it up as a bad day, but things do happen, a bad waiter can make a top chief look bad.

    Sometimes we have to look at the whole picture.
     
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