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slip a few dollars for an oceanview?

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slip a few dollars for an oceanview?

"Cheak in no problem freindly staff,we asked too be upgraded too a seaview this

was no problem,just slip a few dollors,worth it lol."

I found this in the most recent tripadvisor review for IB. Has anyone else used this old trick at any Iberostar? We used to do this in Las Vegas and it worked at many hotels, I never thought to do it elswhere. Comments?

Donna

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31. Re: slip a few dollars for an oceanview?

Grumpy,

You would get the same room that you would have gotten had you booked later and picked the same class of room for a higher price. I imagine it works the same in DR resorts as it does anywhere else that I've stayed. If a resort isn't sure that they are going to fill the rooms, the prices drop because geting a percentage of teh usual price is better than the room being empty and them getting nothing on it.

As the rooms get booked, the price starts to climb closer to normal. If you book a standard room for one price and someone else, weeks later, books the same class of room for a higher price, you both get the same room. You just got lucky with the timining of your reservation and got a deal.

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32. Re: slip a few dollars for an oceanview?

Donna

I totally understand the $20. trick for a LV room.. my daughter works the front desk of a casino resort and they are "allowed" to take tips and they are encouraged to make the guests happy... if an upgrade is available they are "allowed" to offer it for free. I also understand some resorts in the DR offer different type /location of rooms for different prices and so maybe there a tip would be a bribe but that is not the case at Iberostar Bavaro.. same price as all the rooms are the same.. I wouldn't hesitate to offer a tip for a great location. I hope you have a wonderful trip!

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33. Re: slip a few dollars for an oceanview?

Just to clarify...it is the tour operators...not the resorts are the ones who set the retail prices that you see. If a location is discounted or raised, it is normally at thier discretion and more to do with that company's commited rooms or flight volume.

Also keep in mind that although a resort may not offer a room difference...quite often the premium location rooms are sold only by certain tour operators, thus although empty...the rights to that room belong to that particular tour operator.

At times of low occupancy such as now (seasonal), most resorts do thier best to allocate rooms with the best placement.

A Vegas casino is not an All Inclusive and makes the majority of its income off gambling habits. Simply to say that in one place....a place not particularly known for it's ethical practices...that it works and is promoted by management...does not mean that it is the industry standard.

Cheers

PCMike

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34. Re: slip a few dollars for an oceanview?

PCMike--good mention about the tour operators. I guess that is why some people pay one price and others pay more or less-it depends on the individual tour operator, and what price they can get for the rooms they have blocked out. I have a question for you, though...do discount operators (expedia, selloffvacations, etc.) buy directly from the hotel chains, or do they buy from tour operators, and then sell the rooms from there? Oh, one other question, since you are in the industry-do you find more problems with reservations made from these type of operators as opposed to others (i.e., apple, funjet, etc.)? Just wondering....thanks for all the great info you provide!

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35. Re: slip a few dollars for an oceanview?

thanks pcmike, orion725 and scf1270 for the info. the comment about the companies committing to rooms explains alot. we will not be tipping to get a better room, however we tip everyone for service as we understand how this works, my wife is a hairdresser and depends on tips.

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