Scam watch: Flights-plus-hotel discount fail
Claims that booking a flight and hotel at the same time on an online travel agents’ website will bag big discounts aren’t always true, as we’ve found by deconstructing them ourselves.
If you’ve booked a flight and hotel at the same time believing you were getting a good discount, you’re in for an unpleasant surprise. In running a small number of searches, we were able to find reason to believe that these combo deals may not be as good as advertised. In fact, in two of the three instances below, you’ll find that, far from the discount, you were shelling out extra by booking on the travel website. In the third instance, while Expedia claims you could get up to 25% off, the discount worked out to just 5.6%.
Booking details: Bangalore-Delhi return tickets (GoAir) and one-night stay at Country Inn on August 24 and 25.
Yatra price: Rs22,941. Yatra, which claims to offer discounts of up to 40%, claimed to be giving us a discount of Rs563.
Real deal: Rs22,816. We got a price of Rs18,340 from the GoAir website and the hotel at Rs4,476, working out to over Rs100 cheaper than Yatra’s supposed discount.
Booking details: Mumbai-Bangalore return tickets (GoAir) and one-night stay at Alila on September 28 and 29.
MakeMyTrip price: Rs15,386. MakeMyTrip claims to offer discounts of up to Rs53% and even claimed to be giving us a Rs2,250 discount on the combo deal.
Real deal: Rs15,058. This is the price we got when we tried making the same bookings for the airline and hotel.
Booking details: Delhi-Mumbai return tickets (Air India) and one-night stay at Holiday Inn on September 28 and 29.
Expedia price: Rs19,869. Expedia is more modest than MakeMyTrip and Yatra, claiming to offer discounts of up to 25%.
Real deal: Rs21,113. A far shot from the 25% figure claimed in advertisements, Expedia is offering a tiny discount of 5.6%. A discount, nonetheless, but five times smaller than the one you’re hoping for.