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When is Cashback not Cashback? – When you use hotels.com:)

When is Cashback not Cashback? – When you use hotels.com:)

Following on from a debate with some affiliates I thought I would show how hotels.com show different prices for users who come via cashback links. They simply push the price up when users visit their site via a cashback site….oh dear that is nasty.

I have used an example of Quidco and hotels.com to show people what is happening, but I suspect this happens a lot more. This is the first attempt to find an example…sure people can find more and better examples.

So I looked to book the Aria hotel in Las Vegas for Jan 4 to Jan 8 2018, firstly with no cookies dropped and this is what I got:

Screenshot-2017-10-6 Hotels com - Deals Discounts for Hotel Reservations from Luxury Hotels to Budget Accommodations

 

Then I went to Quidco and logged in and clicked the hotels.com link and made sure the cookie was dropped. Then I did the same search on hotels.com and this is what I got:

Screenshot-2017-10-6 Hotels com - Deals Discounts for Hotel Reservations from Luxury Hotels to Budget Accommodations(1)

Notice that the price has changed, admittedly one says it includes tax and fees and one says it does not, but still one price is £464 and one is £470.

UPDATED SAT 7/10/2017 17.47PM

Screenshot-2017-10-7 ARIA Resort amp; Casino in Las Vegas

Screenshot-2017-10-7 ARIA Resort amp; Casino in Las Vegas(1)

 

Now look at difference:

£465 without Quidco cookie

£517 with Quidco cookie

£52 more expensive

So what cashback did I get from Quidco:

Screenshot-2017-10-7 Hotels com Cashback, Voucher Codes Discount Codes Quidco

So if I took reward nights then Hotels.com overall charge was more then if I did not do cashback.

The concept shows that hotels.com are using different pricing for cashback user than none cashback users.

Have fun looking:)

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