Roomer has it
You book a non-refundable room, plans change, and you’re stuck with a hotel reservation you can’t use. In the past this usually resulted in losing your money, mild self-recrimination and a half-hearted promise to buy travel insurance next time. But now a new booking service, Roomer, lets you buy and sell hotel reservations with other travellers. They don’t currently charge any fee or percentage, and they take care of supplying photos for your listing and changing the details with the hotel. Not only could it let you recoup some money, it’s also a good way to get a cheap room. We ran a sample test for a three-star hotel in Miami for January 25 and 26, and came up with the Regency Hotel for US$97 per night. For the same hotel, Orbitz.com wanted US$145, Hotels.com and Expedia.ca both quoted $168. Not bad for a start-up. roomertravel.com. [TL]
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