Orbitz Charging Mac Users More For Hotels?

Jun 26, 2012 by     No Comments    Posted under: Blog

June 26, 2012: The morning news in Los Angeles had a blurb that announced Orbitz charges Mac users more for hotels.

So I had to check into this more.  What I found was…these comments on the news were very misleading.

This is not about Orbitz charging Mac users a higher price for the same rooms.  It’s all about Orbitz posting higher end hotels for customers who are more likely to be interested in these types of hotels.

Orbitz found that “Mac users are 40% more likely to book a four- or five-star hotel than PC users”.   Based on this data,  Orbitz decided to show Mac users more upscale hotels at the top of their search results.  It sure doesn’t mean any extra fees are being charged to Mac users.

The Wall St Journal noted:

“Orbitz executives confirmed that the company is experimenting with showing different hotel offers to Mac and PC visitors, but said the company isn’t showing the same room to different users at different prices. They also pointed out that users can opt to rank results by price. “

So…

If you have a Mac…it’s fine to search on Orbitz for your hotel.  You may see some high priced options first but you can easily sort through all of their hotel listings by clicking on the “Price” or “Ratings” tab.   The prices for each hotel room are the same for Mac and for PC users.

Or…

If you use Orbitz for your hotel search….you may want to expand your search options by using the “Hotel Search Engine” with the largest inventory of rooms in the world.  Where can you find this “Hotel Search Engine”?  You can find it right here at www.BestTravelCoupon.com.

BestTravelCoupon searches hundreds of travel sites, has the largest inventory of hotels in the world, and consistently beats the best price at the “Established Travel Websites” such as Orbitz and many more.

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