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Thank you very much for your kind welcome and hospitality, for your tasty breakfasts and great advice. We enjoyed every minute at this...
- Harald and Monika
Thank you God for a wonderful time ! "If there have slippers should better"., my BF says !
- Jun
Thank you for the restful stay. Great view, wonderful breakfasts for our three days visit. 
- Lorraine
Back 10 years later for our anniversary and as lovely as ever.
- Roanne & Jeremy
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and hope to return another time.
- Sheila & Matthew
Unfortunately we got here late last night and did not have much time to enjoy our beautiful room. The view is great, the room is...
- Rochelle and Warren
You made our stay not just a nostalgic weekend but also a really fun filled affair, and a learning experience as well. Thank you so...
- Suzie and Dick
Thank you for enabling us to access nature - bouncing Bassets, flora and fauna, beautiful birds, the ocean and gorgeous scenery!
- Ron and Virginia Smith
Thanks Dieter, Ashley, and Laurie for all of your help in making my son's 18th birthday a memorable one. We've thoroughly enjoyed our...
- Brenda and Tristan
Perfect ! Perfect ! So beautiful and so very clean. Loved the breakfast and our host. We will be back !
- Kevan & Karen

Book Direct Hotel versus OTA Hotel Bookings

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Book Direct vs. OTA Bookings FAQ

  1. Are Direct Booking prices cheaper than booking through an OTA?

    Yes. Here at Birds of a Feather our direct booking prices are cheaper than booking through an OTA because we're not paying them up to 20% commission for your reservation.

    Plus, you also get personal customer service if you book directly through the hotel.

    Use the rate check "RATE CHECK" tool on our Direct Booking "Book Now" link to compare Direct Booking versus OTA pricing to compare for yourself.
     

  2. What are OTAs?

    Online Travel Agencies such as Expedia, Trivago, Hotels.com, Booking.com, and Agoda. pass themselves off as Hotel "partners"
     

  3. Besides cheaper price and better customer service what are other diiferences?

    Cancellation policies vary from place to place. Book Direct with us and receive a cancelation window for stays beyond 1 day. All OTA reservations are prepaid non-refundable.

    Priority and early check-in  Book Direct and we'll priortize cleaning your room ahead of OTA reservations. More likely to be able to accommodate an early check-in.

    Breakfast is NOT included when booking through an OTA where you are booking a vacation rental condo and not a B&B experience

    Free EV Car Charging

    The hot tub is only available to be booked when Booking Direct with us. There is an exclusive hot tub option for only the honeymoon suite when making an online reservation through this web site, or by phone.

    Deal directly with a human at the hotel. Small hotels that are not part of a chain do not use an offshore call center.
     

  4. Force Majeure Cancellations

    How long have you been on hold waiting to talk to an overseas call center? We don't have that kind of time to waste either. When unexpected world events happen we try our very best to allow flexibility with Direct Booked reservations. When we've tried the same approach with the OTAs we are often left with paying 20% commisions to OTAs despite them telling us they'll waive them when we try to work with our mutual guests to find a fair resolution.
     

  5. Is Airbnb an OTA?

    No and they only charge the hotel between 3% and 5% commission.

    No breakfast with AirBnB yet similar pricing to Direct Bookings which do include breakfast.

    Guest pays AirBnB service fee of between 5% - 15%.
     

  6. How is an Airbnb different from a B&B?

    Airbnb is a lightly regulated home-sharing site that lets almost anyone list accommodations for rent. A B&B is a government regulated small inn subject to provincial and/or local lodging laws including inspections by both the fire and health departments. Think of it as a small hotel with a few extra perks and personal touches with the Innkeepers living onsite. A real B&B is usually operated by someone with formal training in the hospitality business. And that person has insurance – lots of insurance. A real B&B tends to host responsible guests who often become loyal returning guests knowing their expectations of cleanliness and hospitality are consistently met. We've all heard the horror stories of rogue AirBnB guests and AirBnB party houses gone out of control, in part because of the different guest profile and there being no InnKeeper on site in most cases.

    At Birds of a Feather we keep it simple. You can #BookDirect the same condo with us and receive all the perks that come with that, or you can book on AirBnB and pay more without the perks.
     

  7. I found a hotel on an OTA. How do I book direct?

    OTA paid search results come up higher than organic property web sites.

    Google the hotel / B&B name and check out their own web site, or call / email them direct. Ask what their Direct Booking price is. Some hotels have poor management practices and have become enslaved to the OTAs. Choose another hotel.
     

  8. I checked a hotel's reviews on TripAdvisor.  Can I book from there?

    Booking options presented on TripAdvisor are plugged in to differnet OTAs bidding for placement on their platform.

    Same thing, contact the property directly through the emails and phone numbers shown on each TripAdvisor listing.

 

CLICK HERE for a more detailed #BookDirect educational piece by the Michigan B&B Association

 

OTA DATA HACKS - July 2020

Booking.com, Expedia, Agoda, Amadeus, Hotels.com, Hotelbeds, Omnibees, Sabre, and several others are among the victims of the July 2020 Prestige Software data breach containing 24.4 GB worth of data totaling more than 10 million files that exposed data belonged to hotel guests and contained the following:

  • Full names
  • NIC numbers
  • Email addresses
  • Phone numbers
  • Hotel reservation number
  • Date and duration of stay
  • Credit card numbers including owner’s name, CVV code, and card expiration date

 

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