Thanks to everyone who entered my Club1Hotels giveaway. In case you missed it, I was recently introduced to a new site, Club1Hotels. They truly offer lower rates than other channels out there, including Expedia and the hotel’s website.
They’ve set up a page where folks can register for a free 1-year Beta membership. They currently sell membership for $675, but you can sign up with no credit card on file for the first year for free.
When I’m approached with offers like this to feature for readers, I want to know what the underlying business model is. I’m an investor in my “day job”, so I evaluate whether things are likely to succeed or fail on a daily basis. The business model is right up the alley with one of my all-time favorite retail stores. To me, this is the “Costco of OTAs”. They plan to pass on wholesale booking rates to customers and charge a membership fee, similar to Costco.
The rates do come with a booking fee, which Club1 describes as the credit card processing charges, since they say these are truly wholesale rates. I have no way to prove they are wholesale, but many of the rates they offer are lower. I found the savings to be more significant on pricier hotels.
Anyway, part of the Club1 promotion was that they also gave me $250 in hotel cash to be spent on their site to award to one of my readers. I used Random.org and selected Dwi Suryaningsih as the winner with this winning comment:
Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe would be my choice.
I’ve never stayed at the Sofitel, but I’ve been to Paris twice. It’s a classic city people love to visit and was especially popular in the comments for this contest.
Congrats to Dwi! You should be receiving an e-mail from me shortly on how to collect your prize.
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