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Living 2012/08/27 01:21:04
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Do you use travel websites like Orbitz, Priceline, Expedia, and Travelocity? If so, be warned that they’ve been accused of colluding with some of the country’s largest hotel companies in a price-fixing scheme. The class-action lawsuit filed on Monday alleges that these sites have all agreed to sell rooms at the same price, so they don’t undercut each other and lose profit.

"The fact is that a consumer is led to believe that if he or she looks through a whole bunch of websites, you're gonna find the best deal," Mark Orwoll of Travel + Leisure magazine told NBC News. "The fact is, that's a shame because there is really no best deal. It's all the same deal."

Hopefully, this lawsuit will put an end to the price-fixing scheme—though the companies in question deny any anti-competitive behavior. In the meantime, before you book online, call the hotel itself and see how their prices compare to those advertised on the web. Many times they’ll be significantly lower.

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  • Billy the kid 2012/08/30 17:05:44
    Yes
    Billy the kid
    If something-anything-can be done efficiently(and most things can) "on-line" then I do it....
  • Treasure ♥ijm♥ 2012/08/30 16:28:42
    Yes
    Treasure ♥ijm♥
    I have made all my travel arrangements online. ;) I never stay in hotels so I don't make reservations for that....when I travel somewhere I am actually going to visit someone that I will be staying with.
  • Bronar 2012/08/30 16:16:30
    Yes
    Bronar
    I think I get better deals that way.
  • Michael 2012/08/29 17:50:53
    Yes
    Michael
    Most of the time the price when you call up is HIGHER actually.
  • El Prez 2012/08/28 21:20:31
    Yes
    El Prez
    and sometimes they even get it right!
  • Margaret Jacobson 2012/08/28 20:08:35
    No
    Margaret Jacobson
    not now, BUT I plan to book my own travel plans soon !! Probably next vacation !! HEARD MUCH CHEAPER ??
  • RayG 2012/08/28 19:13:28
    Yes
    RayG
    +1
    Sure do.....flights, cruises, hotels.....and have gotten some great deals
  • tom C 2012/08/28 15:47:16 (edited)
    Yes
    tom  C
    if you think travelocity fixes prices...try a local travel agent...most are outragous...

    I'll stick with online..

    and you can pick your airplane seating....
  • MsDianna 2012/08/28 15:23:31
    No
    MsDianna
    no don't go anywhere but far east is Oklahoma City and far south is Lawton
  • *~The Doctor's Rose♥~* 2012/08/28 07:25:02
    No
    *~The Doctor's Rose♥~*
    I don't travel much =(
  • Will Advocate of PHAET 2012/08/27 21:31:55
    Yes
    Will Advocate of  PHAET
    +2
    It saves time and money.
  • AM 2012/08/27 21:28:12
  • Daryl 2012/08/27 17:11:50
    Yes
    Daryl
    +3
    Exclusively online.

    kayak travel
  • dear•LT13☻ 2012/08/27 16:55:17
    No
    dear•LT13☻
    +1
    rarely
  • Ozymandias 2012/08/27 16:36:25
  • jere.chievres 2012/08/27 15:57:57
    No
    jere.chievres
    +1
    In person ALWAYS!
  • intolerantrwj 2012/08/27 15:51:59
    Yes
    intolerantrwj
    +2
    ...... Sure I do ....... tryin' to make a One-Way Reservation right now < s >
  • KeithL 2012/08/27 15:27:57
  • andrews 2012/08/27 15:22:19
    Yes
    andrews
    +2
    all the time me or ma dad do it.
  • **StarzAbove** 2012/08/27 15:13:41
    Yes
    **StarzAbove**
    +2
    Yes I do.
  • RoseLyle 2012/08/27 15:12:04
    Yes
    RoseLyle
    +1
    I do for flights but almost never for hotels or motels.
  • luke 2012/08/27 14:17:36
    No
    luke
    +1
    I decide which places I will visit in the location and order tickets online, but I never ever set up hotels with an internet site.
  • smitty 2012/08/27 13:33:35
    No
    smitty
    +1
    Never trusted them.
  • zlazyks 2012/08/27 13:28:33
    Yes
    zlazyks
    +1
    80% of the time its done online.
  • David 2012/08/27 12:52:05
    Yes
    David
    +2
    Quite often the best way to get deals! Over summer got very good rates on overseas air travel! Also made hotel bookings in the same way!
  • Seonag 2012/08/27 11:37:25
    Yes
    Seonag
    +1
    But directly with the airline, hotel and car rental. Years ago Travelocity took an extra $10 out of my account, without notice, twice for their fee, which was actually charged when I paid for the tickets. Had I not been a stickler at reconciling my accounts, I might not have caught it. Both times they said they had failed to collect it, but my receipts said they did. So, right then and there, I stopped using them.
  • thє вluє wαndєrєr 2012/08/27 09:22:11
  • Ian 2012/08/27 09:07:14
    Yes
    Ian
    +1
    Flights only, and car hire.
  • Rock 2012/08/27 07:18:21
    Yes
    Rock
    +1
    Yes, but I usually use the airline, hotel, or rental car company's website. I have used Orbitz, Travelocity, and a few others in the past. I hate not getting my hotel points because I used Orbitz or similar. I think that is one place those websites fail.
  • Rust 2012/08/27 06:34:00
  • Nika 2012/08/27 05:37:34
    Yes
    Nika
    +1
    But we use different pages, that one, and two, the places we travel are Spain and Australia - we don't need hotels, since in Spain we've got our own apartment, and in Australia lives my brother and sister, so we always have a place to stay.
  • Gregaj7 2012/08/27 03:50:22
    No
    Gregaj7
    +1
    This might change later.
  • Torchy 2012/08/27 03:25:08
    Yes
    Torchy
    +2
    All the time. It's much easier to sit down in front of a computer and just write/type out my schedule. Plus, you can print out EXACTLY what you see, and what you have, with a time stamp, so in case anyone tries to say you're wrong, you have some CYA material that says otherwise.
  • ..::localeye::.. 2012/08/27 02:40:38
    Yes
    ..::localeye::..
    +1
    100% of the time
  • Snakeman162 2012/08/27 02:39:44
    Yes
    Snakeman162
    +1
    Sometimes I do.
  • MW121 2012/08/27 02:15:08
    Yes
    MW121
    +2
    I travel every week so I book everything online but I usually go direct to the airlines or hotel or rental car sites, I don't use orbitz or travelocity sites.
  • Pele Emerging 2012/08/27 01:52:01
    Yes
    Pele Emerging
    +1
    Yes, but I always compare sites and prices. I also go to the hotel website to see if there is a difference in price.
  • Whitewulf613 2012/08/27 01:47:03
    No
    Whitewulf613
    +1
    I always use a travel agent, And have never been sorry for doing so, they always give me good advice on where to stay/ go. Bail me out if the airline screws me and just plain make sure that everything goes great. And their fees are no higher than the "discount" sites.
  • Dugard 2012/08/27 01:32:36
    No
    Dugard
    +1
    No, I use the internet to collect information on where I am going though!
  • tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA 2012/08/27 01:27:30
    Yes
    tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA

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