Cheaper to book direct

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I just booked 2 different hotels for vacation. I looked up hotels in the general vicinity of where I'm going because I don't know what's there. One hotel that showed up on hotels com was less on that site. The other was less when calling directly. I got both at the lower price, but hotels are putting the prices up on the booking engines.

And, I didn't book hotels 5 weeks ago when I got my flight because I was looking for something less expensive. The hotel I booked today was $60 less/night than it was in Feb. Hmmmm.

Another vacation travel item - our credit card, the one we put the flight and the car on, emailed us with all the details of how we are protected using this card. What they cover in re the car rental, what they cover for emergency cancellations, etc. I thought that was helpful, albeit a bit big brotherish. More like, 'Hey, we noticed you booked plane tix and a car, you must be going on vacation!'

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Assuming that your hotel was in the northern US... I can tell you why rooms are cheaper... a combination of the fact that the neighbours are celebrating their 150th, the fact that there is a difference of 35% (USD$1 = CAD$1.35) in the currencies and the fact that the news is full of articles about cell phone searches, which makes people feel very violated, privacy wise.

I just looked up the H hotel in BTV. 2 nights starting on the 4th of April. U$159 a night. X.ca has it for U$128 a night. But it's the same U$159 on X.com... trying to get people visiting over the border.

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Generic wrote:

 and the fact that the news is full of articles about cell phone searches, which makes people feel very violated, privacy wise.

 

One of the things that bothers me. I'm not sure of all the places my phone stores info but I've deleted everything - photos, texts, some phone numbers, browsing history. I've even dumped games I found out were doing extensive tracking.

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I use 2 factor authentication on many accounts, so if they take my password and even write it down, it won't work. I will get a notification in SMS asking for access. So even if you get my password, it's useless.

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I think if I go up in the tallest building there, I can see Canada, yes.

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You may want to see what the prices are on x.ca instead of x.com Smiling

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