Until last week, I have always got a better deal booking directly with the hotel or their rewards program than aggregators, but I always double check. For first time ever last week it was cheaper to book via Qantas hotels than it was via the rewards program or hotels.com, expedia etc - so Qantas got my booking - and I'll get QFF instead of hotel points.
This is all true. Went to a data analytics presentation in 2014 by Expedia and they do own A lot of brands.I had a family member working at Hotels dot com who reckoned they provided the engine for QANTAS Hotels, and Hotels dot com is in turn owned by Expedia.
I'm imagining that the duopoly are:So that folks is like laundry detergent or toothpaste. All roads lead to the same duopoly.
See post #32I'm imagining that the duopoly are:
- Expedia group (including Expedia, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Wotif, Trivago, Travelocity, Qantas Hotels AND Virgin/Velocity Hotels, and it appears the Flight Centre online portal too)
- Booking Holdings Inc (including Priceline, Booking.com, Kayak, Agoda, Rocketmiles)
Some OTAs out there who are (still) independent of the duopoly IIRC:
- American Express Travel (although I understand if you call, they may do it via the GDS)