Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Why is hotel booking from MakeMyTrip or GoIbibo cheaper than booking directly for hotel?

I have been using the travel portals extensively for booking travel for friends and family, and one thing that has always amazed me is that if you end up contacting the hotel directly for extensions or upgrades, the rates they charge are always higher than the ones on MakemyTrip/GoIbibo/Yatra etc.

Why is it so?

The hotels get a guaranteed/high volume from MakeMyTrip.  Due to this volume they offer discounts.  These volume discounts are not applicable in case someone approaches the hotel directly.  The hotels care about MakeMyTrip more than direct customers and are happy if you come via MakeMyTrip rather than come directly. 

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