Buyer Beware: Worst. Deals. Ever.

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  02.05.09 | 1:54 PM ET

Here’s an unexpected bit of fun (not to mention a refreshing dose of honesty) from travel discount aggregator, DealBase.com: a collection of the very worst non-deals in their system. Check out this Special Rate for Government Associates at a Denver hotel, for instance; as DealBase’s trademark “Deal Analyzer” points out, this “special rate” actually tacks on an additional $94 per night, or an unlovely savings rate of -171 percent. (Given that the “deal” is for government only, maybe we can call it a political protest of some sort?) DealBase is a relative newcomer to the online bargain-hunting scene, and it’s nice to see that it brought its sense of humor to the party.


Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.


4 Comments for Buyer Beware: Worst. Deals. Ever.

Liz Kao 02.05.09 | 5:21 PM ET

Good find! So this raises the question—if they were to sell these government employees toilet seats, how much would the premium be?

Chris 02.06.09 | 12:27 PM ET

Here is the complete list of government per diem rates:
http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/contentView.do?programId=9704&channelId;=-15943&ooid=16365&contentId=17943&pageTypeId=8203&contentType=GSA_BASIC&programPage;=/ep/program/gsaBasic.jsp&P=MTT

In my work travel I’ve discovered that the hotel government rates almost always match the per diem maximum for the area. I’m sure it’s coincidence…

jd 02.24.09 | 8:08 PM ET

Anyone purchasing flight tickets from orbitz.com - buyer beware.  I booked a flight to london on orbitz , flying aircanada. 
When I reviewed my online banking I noticed an currency exchange fee.  When I contacted orbitz, their response was that they did not charge that to my account.  Obviously, this was initiated by the bank, I did realize that- but what I was not informed of was that they purchase tickets outside of the US.  I don’t fly airfrance expected the ticket actually gets “purchased” in an office in france. 

It has been a frustrated experience, I hope anyone who reads this does not have to go through.

Arjay 03.19.09 | 9:59 AM ET

I purchased a 900 package and had to pay for traveling with 2 luggage’s- not allowed one then pay one. When I called customer service/yahoo.travel to make them aware I was unhappy and wanted info on getting some type of compensation for the travel info not being up to date, because that was important info for anyone who hasn’t traveled in 3 years to be added to the confirmation page or the initial searching for trips, so that people can expect it; most of us travel on budgets and 60 dollars goes along way now. Well the women named Nikki said “you need to take that up with the airline” and hung up on me, why?. For one I was never nasty or rude and I didn’t think businesses were still hanging up phones on customers they felt they couldn’t satisfy. Could the women not have transferred me to someone who was able to explain why the travel info never stated that now during travel you have to pay for all baggage no matter if it’s 1 or 2. The confirmation stated a hotel fee I had to pay when I got there- great so I was prepared for that! And when you call the airline the automated system only confirms your flight is on time. Yahoo travel has the worst customer service, the meanest. Is there ever any type of compensation for inconveniences yahootravel causes people at airports, I will never book a flight with yahoo again. I will devote my time sending this out to everyone and posting it, I can’t believe I got treated like that, my money did not have to go to this humiliation&rudeness;

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