After finding out my favorite Coachella spot was COMPLETELY reserved by one greedy party for the first weekend, I hit Hotwire in the hopes of finding a hidden deal. Hotwire yielded favorable results for my recent trip through the Pacific Northwest. This time, not so much. During this search, I found the taxes and fees bananas, and significantly more than I remember from previous reservations. Usually after a booking, I rush to compare the advertised room rate to the Hotwire rate I just booked. Well this time, with taxes and fees, I ended up paying $13 more than if I had booked directly through the hotel’s site. This has NEVER happened to me before when booking through Hotwire. Usually, I get to look forward to a good gloat. I was robbed of that opportunity, and I’m fucking bitter. I love a bargain, but you gotta read the fine print, especially with these NO REFUND sites. $13 isn’t a that big of a deal, but it still just gets my goat. Gouging hotels rates are just the beginning; the entire experience of Coachella = an unbelievable financial racket.
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