goSeek.comThanks to my colleague and Twitter chat co-host Chris McGinnis for turning me onto this month-old website that “sniffs out and aggregates” all of the bargains out there and then posts them in one place (here’s Chris’ post). They search unpublished discounts rates—they could be AAA rates, coupons, mobile rates or senior rates—that you’d normally only find at paid membership clubs. Chris found that goSeek.com rates are lower on more than half the hotels you’d find on a typical metasearch site—with a savings of 20% or more.

The only problem is when booking through third-party sites like goSeek.com, you need to keep in mind that most hotels won’t give you miles/points or honor your elite status (if you have it), and canceling or changing the reservation might really be a hassle. My advice is this: Unless their rates were ridiculously low and I knew I was definitely going, I wouldn’t use them. And if I did, I’d look into getting travel insurance through a third party like Allianz Travel Insurance.

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1 Comment On "Travel Website of the Week: goSeek.com"
  1. Clem Bason|

    Hi Johnny, and thanks for featuring us. I run goSeek. Your comments are spot on, but there’s one thing I wanted to call out. Personally I’ve been really surprised how often the discounted rates we have are fully refundable (well, within the typical 48 hour window at least). I would tell folks not to assume that everything on our site is non-refundable and take the few minutes to check. They just might be delighted!

    Clem

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