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Your country and business circumstances maybe be a bit different....however the issue remains that would - be guests can phone direct & quote the fake Booking.com rate for your hotel, and then use that fake value to request accommodation at or below this tariff..which really is just a nonsense. We know now to simply advise them to book using the fake price...but then we have to ensure that the virtual payment corresponds to the true calendar pricing.
I maintain that at best its not a good business strategy on the part of booking.com and at worst it is fraudulent. Interestingly we have asked guests their opinion of Booking.com doing this fancy bookwork , and the general view is ..they are not impressed.
Hi there M Adamopoulou, thanks for your views. Yes I would agree that you can refuse the Genius promotion, etc. however it was interesting that recently some Chinese guests had a 12% discount applied which we never signed up for, and to-date, Booking.com have not responded to my questions about this. Also the concept of Booking.com advertising a tariff lower than that which you have entered in the booking calendar, is simply not a good move...as it only favours booking.com while leading to difficulties for the host.
Who is really the loser when you chose to run with a marketing channel like Booking.com?
Its certainly not the hosting hotel, BnB, or what ever you call yourself.
Look at how it works...first Booking.com take 15% off your calendar price for their commission, then they offer a Genius discount to the customer, then they take the Country discount off.... there ain't much left after a total price reduction of say 42%. Then if you deduct VAT or GST of a further 15%, then the 2.9% to 3.5% overseas/foreign bank interchange credit card charges....the only entity making money is not you, the host.