Uber sent out a promo in partnership with Hotels.com a couple weeks ago.
It said you could earn $30 off your next Hotels.com stay if you take an Uber ride between 12.19 and 12.26.
I use Hotels.com every once in a while and happened to need an Uber ride last week, so I thought it’d be an easy $30.
After all, the fine print in the email didn’t seem too restrictive:
Making a Hotels.com booking before 1.31 might’ve been a challenge, but it could still be a nice deal if used with one of Amazon’s lightning deals for a gift card or two:
Well today I got the promo code in my email as promised:
But when I went to browse hotel options for an upcoming trip to Seattle, I learned about a tiny little stipulation that Uber left out of the emails: the $175 minimum booking.
Before you call me a cheapy, I should say that I don’t use Hotels.com for staying at nice hotels.
I use Hotels.com when I need an affordable bed in a convenient location, and only when there aren’t free/nicer/better options using points (Here’s my post on that).
This is why I usually click the “See full terms and conditions” button when a deal seems too easy to be true. Here is the full fine print.
I did find a nice hotel in Seattle I could use the promo on:
But I still don’t think I’ll cancel the free night I have booked at a Hyatt right under the Space Needle.
Thoughts? Bait & switch? Or flawless marketing and I’m the stupid one for not checking out the full details page?
Here are some pros and cons of using Hotels.com.
Thanks for reading!