Travelers Overpaid Millions for Hotel Rooms in 2011: Tingo Comes to the Rescue

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.multivu.com/mnr/55271-smarter-travel-media-launches-tingo-new-hotel-booking-site

    Smarter Travel Media today launched Tingo™, the first hotel booking site that automatically rebooks hotel rooms at a lower price if the rate drops—and then automatically refunds the difference to travelers’ credit cards. In 2011 alone, Americans could have saved nearly $314 million* if they had had access to a site like Tingo.

    The site provides its travelers with a simple proposition: Book a “Money Back” room and Tingo watches that room’s rate to see if it changes. If the price drops, Tingo rebooks that same room at the lower rate and refunds the difference to the booking credit card. Travelers do nothing but book, wait and save.

    Read More: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/55271-smarter-travel-media-launches-tingo-new-hotel-booking-site
     
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    Interesting concept, hopefully it works!:)
     
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  3. Gaucho
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    ok.... but what happens to hotel points and stay credit when you use this tool.....???
     
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  4. Kalboz
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    Sorta like Auto Slash but for hotels ...thanks for posting!
     
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  5. gobluetwo
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    Shouldn't affect stay credits, but the number of points you earn, which are tied to "qualifying spend" (including base room rates), will go down somewhat. There is an opportunity cost to paying less, but earning fewer points.

    I'd rather have the cash in my pocket than a few hundred more points.
     
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    Typically if you book through a third party, you can forget about getting any points.

    Hilton will let you rebook on line -- for free -- if the rate changes (i.e goes down or a discounted rate opens up) and I've done that ever now and than (or more often!)

    DTWBOB
     
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  7. Valentine

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    Ah, it's only just launched. No wonder I've not heard of it before yesterday. Hope it will be effective and a success!
     
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  8. avflyer
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    HMMMM...the "rule of thumb" I was given by SPG is that if you pay Starwood or the hotel, you get points, stay credits et al. If you pay a third party you get zip.
     
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    my thoughts exactly.....
     
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  10. kenbo
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    I do this myself quite often. It's fun for me because I enjoy hunting for deals. This sounds like a useful site for people who aren't into points and status.
     

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