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Thoughts on the Last Minute Travel Club


I've noticed that recently the pickings on the regular LMT and the LMTclub are quite different.  In the early days of the club (oh say 2 months ago), all the hotels were listed on regular LMT, even those that were "on request".  What does on request mean?  Well it means they don't know if they can get you this hotel or not, but they'll call them and ask.  All the other bookings are paid through vouchers.  Vouchers mean essentially LMT (and it's parent company) agree to book so many rooms for a given hotel and pay cheaply in advance.  It's kind of like a group rate.  So if a hotel is on request that means they don't have enough vouchers but they'll call and see if they can arrange some.

Why does this matter?  Well if you wanted to book a hotel for Dragoncon (Atlanta 9/3-9/7 or 9/8) you get completely different results going through regular LMT as to LMTclub.  LMT is only going to show you two hotels.  Today it's only showing me one.  I'm guessing people agreed with me in a previous post that the previously available Holiday Inn Downtown was a good fallback hotel.  Today's only available hotel is  a 3.5 star that's $95 for two people and $115 for four.

Downtown Area,Atlanta,GA,US
Prime location and exceptional service, make this the ideal place for your family vacation

It's very different on the LMT Club site.  When I go to LMT club I see this -


Hilton Atlanta
Downtown Area,Atlanta,GA,US
Prime location, phenomenal customer service and luxury accommodations make the Hilton Atlanta Towers the perfect choice more info
$96.50
lowest avg nightly rate
You gain 482
TripleDip points
482
points
Regular Price: $108.19
Member Savings: $11.69
TripleDip gaining: 482
Members Pay: $96.50
  Best Value   
 
  Room Type Status Avg Nightly Rate  
  Standard On Request
$96.50 show details
Book It  
 Date 
 Availability 
 Sep 03  Sep 04  Sep 05  Sep 06  Sep 07 
 Available  Available  On Request  On Request  On Request 
 98.65  86.44  89.61  103.90  103.90 
 98.65  86.44  89.61  103.90  103.90 
 

Holiday Inn Downtown
Downtown Area,Atlanta,GA,US
Close to major attractions and city excitement, we invite you to be our guest Fabulous service and superior accommodations are here to serve all your needs more info
$81.72
lowest avg nightly rate
You gain 408
TripleDip points
408
points
Regular Price: $84.61
Member Savings: $2.89
TripleDip gaining: 408
Members Pay: $81.72
  Best Value   
 
  Room Type Status Avg Nightly Rate  
  Standard On Request
$81.71 show details
Book It  
 Date 
 Availability 
 Sep 03  Sep 04  Sep 05  Sep 06  Sep 07 
 Available  Available  On Request  Available  Available 
 87.80  77.37  79.50  76.10  87.80 
 87.80  77.37  79.50  76.10  87.80 
 

Quality Hotel Downtown Atlanta
Downtown Area,Atlanta,GA,US
Quality Hotel Downtown is equally convenient to those here on business and those here for pleasure more info
$132.21
lowest avg nightly rate
You gain 661
TripleDip points
661
points
Regular Price: $146.22
Member Savings: $14.01
TripleDip gaining: 661
Members Pay: $132.21
     
 
  Room Type Status Avg Nightly Rate  
  Standard On Request
$132.21 show details
Book It  
  FREE Deluxe Continental Breakfast
 Date 
 Availability 
 Sep 03  Sep 04  Sep 05  Sep 06  Sep 07 
 Available  Available  On Request  Available  Available 
 79.83  141.23  157.52  141.23  141.23 
 79.83  141.23  157.52  141.23  141.23 
 

Renaissance Atlanta Downtown
Downtown Area,Atlanta,GA,US
Prime location and exceptional service, make this the ideal place for your family vacation more info
$105.66
lowest avg nightly rate
You gain 528
TripleDip points
528
points
Regular Price: $113.88
Member Savings: $8.22
TripleDip gaining: 528
Members Pay: $105.66
     
 
  Room Type Status Avg Nightly Rate  
  Standard Available
$105.66 show details
Book It  
 Date 
 Availability 
 Sep 03  Sep 04  Sep 05  Sep 06  Sep 07 
 Available  Available  Available  Available  Available 
 131.53  88.42  88.42  88.42  131.53 
 

Westin Peachtree Plaza
Downtown Area,Atlanta,GA,US
A relaxing atmosphere is combined with friendly, personal service at the intimate, quaint Westin Peachtree Plaza more info
$132.85
lowest avg nightly rate
You gain 664
TripleDip points
664
points
Regular Price: $151.86
Member Savings: $19.01
TripleDip gaining: 664
Members Pay: $132.85
     
 
  Room Type Status Avg Nightly Rate  
  Standard On Request
$132.85 show details
Book It  
 Date 
 Availability 
 Sep 03  Sep 04  Sep 05  Sep 06  Sep 07 
 Available  Available  On Request  Available  On Request 
 147.37  118.70  123.28  110.52  164.37 
 147.37  118.70  123.28  110.52  164.37 
 
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This means if you're part of the LMT club they will call the Hilton, the Westin, or any other of these hotels and do some asking for you.  Maybe you won't get a room, but they will call and check, which they won't do for non-club members in these cases.

On the downside it's $50 to join the club.  I like LMT so I'm a member.  This means if you want LMT to call and ask for your hotel, you either need to give a club member your credit card or pay $50 to have LMT Club call a hotel with no guarantees you'll end up with a room.  Neither is a very good solution.  I just like people to know all of their options, even when neither is perfect.

Well at least we now know the renaissance downtown is the mystery 3.5*. 

-Sonya

Adding on to this topic later...

You can book the Hilton through the mystery portion of the site, it says "Prime location, phenomenal customer service and luxury accommodations make the Hilton Atlanta Towers the perfect choice" an dis 4 stars.   But only Thursday and Friday night are readily available.  If it's on request, you can only access it through the club, and Saturday, Sunday and even Monday are all on request.

You can book the Westin through the mystery portion.  It says "A relaxing atmosphere is combined with friendly, personal service" and is 4 1/5 stars.  Saturday and Monday are on request here but not Thursday, Friday or Sunday.  Which means you would have to do individual day searches, and then either try for the on request thing or just use the con rate.

I think  there's much better odds for being able to book the Westin than the Hilton.

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love_potion9
Jun. 10th, 2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
Hi! I hate to leave a comment on a ridiculously old post, but I became a member of LMT club after you posted the friend code on a recent entry, and it's currently showing the Hilton for $150/night! Obviously, I thought this was a great deal, and was about to jump on it until I noticed the status was "On Request." So does this mean I will need to pay the full amount of the potential booking, just for them to call and see if they can get some, if any of the dates that I need? I certainly don't want to give them $600 if it's not a sure thing, haha. any help would be greatly appreciated, your work is phenomenal!
xiandesi
Jun. 10th, 2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
While it is there, it's "on request" Which means they'll try to get your rooms but probably won't be able to. It's been on request at LMT for months. Feel free to try it out, but I think it's a long shot.

Some bookends are still available, but most of them are "on request" as well. Still, I think you'd have a better chance of having your request work if you just tried bookend nights.
love_potion9
Jun. 11th, 2012 12:01 am (UTC)
Oh wow, I didn't realize it had been there for months! So they want you to pay the whole stay and they're not even certain they'd be able to get it? No thanks, haha. Thanks for the quick reply. It's looking like our best bet might be the Melia. Is it walkable?
xiandesi
Jun. 11th, 2012 12:24 am (UTC)
Well they won't charge you unless it goes though so don't worry about that. The Melia is not walkable by my standards, but theoretically should have a D*C shuttle. Check it out on a map, it might be walkable by yours. If I remember correctly it's something like 8 or more blocks.
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