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Edmonton, Canada
Destination Expert
for Edmonton, Travel Gadgets and Gear
posts: 8,802
reviews: 47
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Saw this someplace just recently:

budgettravel.com/bt-dyn/…AR2006111500285.html

Houston, Texas
Destination Expert
for Solo Travel
posts: 10,729
reviews: 182
1. Re: Remember this when checking in:

Interesting article...thanks for posting.

Minneapolis...
posts: 3,296
reviews: 402
2. Re: Remember this when checking in:

Interesting article. The same logic can be used at restaurants. Try not to seriously upset the cook/chef or your server. You never know what they might do to your food.

Northern Ireland...
Destination Expert
for Northern Ireland
posts: 6,329
reviews: 12
3. Re: Remember this when checking in:

I didn't realise the difference between " travel site" booking and booking direct with the hotel had so much of a swing, just goes to show.

Auckland Region...
posts: 4,985
reviews: 78
4. Re: Remember this when checking in:

Fortunately i have always received great service and rooms using Priceline!

I was also upgraded in Switzerland to Executive floor:)

London
posts: 4
5. Re: Remember this when checking in:

Great article. Thanks for sharing.

Boston...
posts: 2,303
reviews: 11
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Guess I've been lucky with Expedia and Hotwire also; have had good rooms, no hassle, been upgraded,etc.

Totally agree: in any situation, a smile is your most valuable currency :-)

Europe
posts: 34
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Really interesting, thx for sharing!

Houston, Texas
posts: 454
reviews: 169
8. Re: Remember this when checking in:

Good read, and truthfull too. I've never had a problem. I'm very calm & laid back, and my attitude pays off many times.

As far as complaints go, I's useless to complain to a person who didn't cause the problem.

Be polite when reporting an issue, and you'll get better results.

A good example was my stay at a Holiday Inn. 4 clean glasses in the room, and all had lip stick on them. I told the clerk about it, and added that I was not upset, and this was just an FYI. An hour later, the Manager sent me a small fruit basket and bottle of wine with a thank you note for being so polite about the situation. The next day the halls were filled with trays of glasses and cups that the housekeepers were replacing.

Sydney, Australia
Destination Expert
for Sydney, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Business Travel, New South Wales
posts: 26,333
reviews: 569
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excellent article...

Sydney/Melbourne
posts: 11,370
reviews: 47
10. Re: Remember this when checking in:

I can vouch for the suggestion about not booking through a travel site. I always check out the prices on Expedia, Hotels,com etc and then contact the hotel direct. I always get at least the same (or sometimes a cheaper) price. I've also heard that hotels often save their worst rooms for people booking through travel sites.

I know that in many countries, hotel staff earn less in a week that the nightly rate for a room. A smile, a friendly word and good manners cost nothing and are always appreciated.

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