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Lodging.com best of travel affiliates?

     
1:40 am on Nov 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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*Seem* to offer the best commissions (6/7% of total sale) along with the widest inventory..

Any other suggestions?

9:24 pm on Nov 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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CnG hotels "pays 8.5% on all completed Net Rate hotels". Travelnow are 50% of received commission.

You're right about the *Seem*. It can be hard to work out exactly what to expect. Both of these companies take the full amount up front, but pay you after the guest has stayed (they have been sitting on the money in the meantime). Some companies just take a non-refundable deposit as their cut. One thing to check is what their cancellation rate is - they keep 100% of the deposit on cancellation (nothing for you).

I've used TN and have to say the setup and support is a breeze.

12:29 pm on Nov 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Travelnow offer 50% of total commission, but that's only on GDS hotel bookings. They also offer over 8000 net rate hotels which are the pre-paid bookings EBear mentioned. These bookings are paid out to the affiliate on a sliding scale based on volume of reservations per month starting at 5%.

I would suggest either WCTravel or TravelNow as having the best programs available at the moment. There are a lot of factors that need to be considered, in my experience the companies trying to attract affiliates with a much higher commission cut often have shoddy data and integration options.

10:40 pm on Nov 19, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I am responsible for the InterContinental Hotels Group affiliate program and I would love to get any of your feedback if you have any
1:11 am on Nov 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

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IHGhotels, I have some feedback to offer about your affiliate program, but this topic is about Lodging.com. Please start a new topic and I'll be glad to offer my comments.
2:27 pm on Nov 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Sorry for the off topic comment. Im not sure that it needs its own topic. Thanks for the follow up though.
4:03 pm on Nov 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hmmm, that's odd. Thought you wanted feedback.
6:01 pm on Nov 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I have used Travelnow.com as an affiliate and made some money but the owner felt it was not enough money so we did not continue with them. They are now owned by the same people that own hotels.com and there might be an affiliate relationship there as well. I have never used lodging.com.
6:14 pm on Nov 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Lodging.com doesnt have as many negotiated rates as Travelnow.com does. Since you get paid faster (and in most cases, more)with negotiated rates, that might be the way to go. They also have one of the highest collection rates out there. Very important since I have heard complaints that others offer higher commission but dont collect worth squat. What is the good of higher commission if you dont actually "get" any of the money?
 

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