Officials are warning summer travelers to be on alert about phony websites appearing as major airlines and hotels. With listings ranging from Mario-themed homes to homes designed to indulge your inner Star Wars nerd (and even the opportunity to go ghost hunting in Donald Trump’s childhood home ), travelers can find sleeping accommodations that are just as exciting as the excursions at that their chosen destination.
While it may be technically true” that the site has only one or two cherry-picked rooms” available at that hotel at a specific price (e.g., a handicapped-accessible junior queen suite with breakfast), it’s not fair to customers” to make that claim when other rooms at that hotel can be booked at the same price, the report concluded.
First off, those enticing “65% Off!”, “70% Off!”, and “80% Off!” ads generally refer to “discounts” off the highest-priced, most-restricted ticket classes (refundable, etc.). What the carriers are really saying is that there are cheaper flights out there than the most expensive tickets.
The good thing about conducting a hotel search on Trivago is that Trivago searches several lesser-known hotel booking sites, including Agoda, in addition to the usual suspects like Expedia, Priceline, and But travelers should take a close look at Trivago’s hotel search results to make sure that Trivago isn’t hiding a better deal farther down the list.
Jill Fergus Travel Editor Jill is the former travel editor at , showing her expertise on everything from the Best Rooftop Bars in NYC to the 30 Most Beautiful Cities in the World; the NYC native has previously worked at Travel & Leisure and has written articles for The New York Times , InStyle, Huffington Post , and Fodors Recent trips have included the Bahamas and Natchez, and Patagonia and Vietnam are high on the bucket list.