Do you think you are always getting the best price when checking rates on Marriott.com?
I might have the best price right that moment, but I know they change a lot, so I still need to check over and over.
tryt53, I voted yes for the very reasons you mentioned. I always check my upcoming reservations often for any price change.
I agree with the changing prices. I also did not know that there are "Vacation Club Owners rate". (I'm a vacation club owner and I did not find out about this until I joined this: (rewards insiders). I have learned so much from this site. (Thank you everyone!)
tryt is 100% correct. We get the best price we can find at that moment but it might be different (and better) the next time you check it.
Yes, unless we are able to break a stay into individual days, thus reducing the overall cost.
I have done just that many times. For instance the weekend rate is often less than the weekday rate. So I make two separate reservations and the front desk clerk links them when I check in.
My favorite, which I execute once or twice a year; is when a Sat/Sun two night stay combined is cheaper than the Sunday night rate (that's why Dave Roberts loved the Sunday night check in on CNBC Marriott profile). I will have my daughter check in on Sat. and enjoy a peaceful evening, then I will stop in on Sunday and treat her to dinner paid for with the savings (although her meal is free regardless - what a racket). I won't say where because, bigbrother would squash it - but if there are doubters out there, check the Fairview Park Marriott Falls Church Va. Sunday August 11th $319 Sat/Sun 8/10 &11 $89 per. Of course this only works if you have family members/friends who want a night out, but this is just one of the nuances buried deep in the bowels of The Matrix.
erc, I have, in the past, stayed often at Fairview Park Marriott...one of most favorite Marriotts. And your example is just what I've done many times...2 sepaate reservations and saved plenty! Maybe it's time for another trip to DC???
Me too at that hotel Husker. Once for a conference they took pity on me and put me in the Presidential Suite!
The cold beer is waiting when you do
I would have no idea if I receive the best price. Best price relative to what standard?
I find the pricing on the main page has been misleading since the first of the year or so. It seems many more hotels are now doing the.....price change during the stay....
I can testify that the hotels in the Marriott chain that I have stayed at over the years DID NOT do this. Now, it appears they are all doing it. Not good.
i think there may be better prices, just because youre a member doesnt always guarantee the best cheapest rates.seems the rates flow like the stock market at times...different prices during the week whether its a peak season, special event etc....
I have used the claim form for a price change numerous times. Marriott seems to stick by there word.
It's supply and demand. Rates for hotel rooms, like every other travel commodity, change based on occupancy rates and previously negotiated rates.
Marriott rates are relatively high and can be reduced almost all the times by using the BRG policy (Best Rate Guarantee).
This is exactly what I've been doing through all this time, thus saving a fortune!!!
Sometimes there are better prices is there are special deals with a special code for that particular hotel, area or brand.
I think if you want to make sure you've got the lowest price for a longer stay you have to look at all possible combinations of nights to see which is cheapest overall. Suppose you want to stay somewhere for 10 nights, you need to check the total cost of:
1. One 10 night stay
2. Two 5 night stays
3. Five 2 night stays
It'd be very time consuming to do every possible combination, but I'd certainly do a few, checking, for example, whether it was cheaper to book weekend nights separately from weekday nights.
I'd also check whether it was better to book using a corporate rate or a publicly available rate. It's rare for a corporate rate to be cheaper than a public rate at the weekend, but they may be cheaper during the week.
Good stuff idt. I'm in complete agreement, especially about the part of it being time consuming, but it remains a cost effective method. It is therefore, IMO, why it's not a coincidence that the new web site being tested, makes it even more difficult to cross check rates among the properties - removing gallery (making us scroll through lists rather than a quick visual selection), adding even more pricing options among the individual properties - several advance paid rates nowadays, etc etc, in summary, adding more clicks and check backs per booking.
Those revenue managers are a tough nut to crack, but we're up to it!
Deeper into the Marriott Matrix I plunge
What I wish they would do is allow one to keep all of the rates they qualify for in their profile and do ONE search. I have to do a search with the AAA rate, then I have to do a search with the corporate code, etc. The other thing they should do is allow you to mark which chains you don't want to stay in, so it is excluded from the search. For example, Gaylord Hotels are on my permanent blacklist, so I am not interested in seeing their prices, regardless of what they are. They could make the search database a lot more useful than it is.
As for their rates, they are all over the map. I think if you find a good rate, stick to it, although check a couple of times before the 48 hour cut off (another nasty thing).
Maybe at the time of booking if it is.
But the truth is that you always have to recheck.
Not infrequently they come down and you do not realize thinking that you have obtained the best.
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