Why Bargain Travel Sites May No Longer Be Bargains
Doug Garr

Fascinating stuff. The problem with your conclusion (“Just pick up the phone and call the front desk”) is that front desk people … and reservations people … historically have been trained *NOT* to offer the cheapest possible price to callers. You have to keep pushing them (“Can you offer me a better price?”)

So I would recommend a small change in your suggested approach:

(1) Find the best price you can on an aggregator site

(2) THEN call the front desk and negotiate for a better one.

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