Practical Traveler: Getting Refunds if the Price Drops after Purchase

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  1. NYCUA1K

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    "You thought you scored a great deal when you found that $200 rate for your $300-a-night hotel. But then you compared notes with other guests and learned that some paid even less. It happens to even the best bargain hunters — whether it is a hotel deal or airfare — and it’s not a good feeling.

    Now a growing number of travel sites are offering to track the price after you reserve and to refund you the difference. While at least one, Yapta.com, has long alerted travelers to price drops even after a ticket has been purchased, travelers still had to do the follow-up work, including calling the airline to request the refund. The newer sites do much of that for you.
    Among them are Tingo.com, which had its debut in March from Smarter Travel Media, a subsidiary of TripAdvisor, and CheapAir.com, which in February introduced a program that guarantees to reimburse any price difference before a flight. Orbitz.com, which has been offering refunds for both hotels and airfare a few years, is also worth revisiting in light of these new services." READ MORE...
     
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    Do any of these actually work?
     
  3. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    I used Yapta successfully... years ago. That was before United instituted a "refare" fee that basically eliminated the ability of actually getting any money back from most fare decreases. I don't even bother any more setting flights up for tracking in Yapta. Does anyone else still do it?

    Tingo... if you care about earning points/status, it would seem that booking through them isn't going to be a good idea with most chain properties.
     
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    The only airline I think that this would be really effective with would be Southwest with their free changes.

    This kind of stuff can be really good for hotel bookings and car rentals though.
     
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    Hotel bookings, unless you reserve a room by Advance Purchase (usually cheaper but quite restrictive), can be changed any time up to check in day (at least that is true for Hilton). I constantly check my hotel reservations for price drops and have often rebooked at lower rates without a penalty. I thus would find little use of this type of service there. I can see how it might be useful for airlines (other than Southwest), which impose penalties for changes...
     
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    I'm talking about the services that track it....wouldn't it be easier to not have to constantly check the rates yourself?
     
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    Good point, although I usually have fun doing it myself and I would not need to book through that service or pay a fee if there is one...
     
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    There was no fee or requirement to book through Yapta when I used it same with autoslash when I used that.

    Like you, I do check my hotel rates occasionally, but I would prefer a service to do it for me. Would even be willing to pay a fee for it saving me money, but not at the cost of booking through a 3rd party.
     
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    Booking a hotel through a 3rd party is a no-no for a number of reasons, one of which is to preserve all my privileges as a top elite in case of a snafu. Another is that booking through some "opaque" venues, often at a highly discounted rate, might result in my not accruing any points...
     

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