Beware Of Affinity Group Discounts

by Steve Dasseos on February 26, 2008

You may belong to what’s known in business parlance as an “affinity group,” an organization or club — such as an auto club, a retiree organization, or a wholesale shopping club — that offers its members discount rates on hotels, rental cars, airline tickets, etc.

Usually you’ll save anywhere from 5 to 20 percent off the standard rate by taking advantage of your affiliation with these groups. The tricky part is that the standard rate changes from one day to the next – in some cases, from one hour to the next – so the discount rate you are receiving might not always be the best rate available to you.

To make sure you are getting the best deal, try booking without identifying yourself as an affinity group member, and then inquire again using your discount. Depending on the time of year and the demand (slower travel times, such as the lull between summer and fall, are when standard rates drop substantially) you might save money by not using your affinity group discount.

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