Totally enjoying this blogging business so here is my theory on how to work out wotif mystery deals hotels! btw I know my title is lame. Beat it.
There are a few ways you can use to guestimate. Just for credibility purposes, I’m going to use two examples to demonstrate how to commit this act of ‘non-dodgy‘ just I’m a ‘smart asian‘ business..
Step 1. – Once you have a target hotel in your city, you need to refine your search to the same star rating. Then start looking through hotels with the same ‘type’ of star rating – self rated or AAA rating. For those who don’t understand see below.
Step 2 – The first thing to match up is the check in and check out time. This is pretty damn straight forward but just in case…
Ok so with some cool colour coding here are some ‘distinct’ features’ to look at of the hotel I believe is the mystery hotel. Below is my first example on 4.5 star hotel.
1. Bedding configurations (blue circle) This is generally a pretty good indicator, plus in this case, the on request is a little bit out of the norm.
2. Hotel facilities (green circle) – what you are looking for is not an exact match but features that don’t match. Most hotels are pretty smart and take out some features but obviously if things don’t match like whether the pool is heated, then you have the wrong one.
3. Hotel availability (red circle) – the general rule is that if a hotel is available on a mystery deal, it also has to be available on at least one of type of room on the hotel on its normal version.
Now, I’m going to talk about my second example, a 5 star hotel. Always do the check in/out time and star rating match. I’m not going to go into the red,green and blue circles which are repeated here.
1. Bedding configurations (yellow circle) – in addition to the matching bed configuration, the cost of additional guests and its limits in this example also matches.
2. Feature of the hotel (pink circle) – The mystery hotel mentions 3 food and beverage outlets and in the real hotel, they also discuss specifically 3 food and beverage outlets. – btw I have been here and I don’t understand what they have to be so proud of? the food kinda sucks.
3. The pricing of the room on different nights (multi colours) – definitely the MOST EPIC fail in hiding the identity. Not only is the availability the same, the change in price fluctuations is also exactly the same.
Anyway, thats it with the theories.. this blog took forever with my
elementary paint cut and paste and mardi gras colour coding! Happy Sunday.. just before I go, while I was researching, I noticed that
‘gay friendly’ is listed as a hotel feature? WTF does that mean?!?!?!?!