Do You Book Hotel Corporate Rates You Don’t Qualify For?

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I get asked all the time how can I book this hotel for less, and one of the best ways to book hotels is by using hotel corporate rates. However, one question that comes up is it is ethical to book a corporate rate that you don’t qualify for, including an AAA or AARP rate.

For example here’s one property which has the cheapest rate for $179 a night, vs. an IBM corporate rate for $101. Which one would you book here, especially knowing this hotel has a self-service check-in option so you don’t even have to see a front-desk agent.

Which rate would you book?

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For today’s question: Is it ethical to book random hotel corporate rates that you don’t qualify for?

Feel free to respond below!

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  1. Mom used to have a phrase having to do with knowing the answer by the fact you’re asking the question.

  2. Collen and Darth, it is so nice to know that I have kindred spirits on these boards!

    Of course, the originator of this blog by asking that question seems to have the notion that it might be fine to do so, and I hope that she is disabused of that idea!

  3. Yawn. Slow news day? Discussions like this are tedious. People who use them will continue to and those who don’t won’t.

  4. No, and posing the question demonstrates an ethics deficiency. There is special place in Hell for clickbaiters.

  5. Seriously, people who post about “travel” hackers are either constipated or broke.

    Why the heck would you care what somebody else paid to sleep in a temporary lodging for a night?

    Let me guess you were angry that Jesus was able to find a manger as well. That little scoundrel should’ve been made to pay rack rate!

    Stop with the travel “hacker” stuff. It’s nonsense.

  6. No. It isn’t. I work for a competitor of the firm mentioned in the post. Weirdly as one of these people, I think you come off as a for posting this, but not even sharing the code.

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