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I fucking hate OTA's.

Their API's are bullshit. Their willingness to work for the mutual benefit of their clients is non-existent. They are just big fat fucking leeches.

They are collectively the Donald Trumps of hospitality.

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  • 1
    They just keep winning tho 😂
  • 0
    @JKyll Not for long buddy. Not for long...
  • 0
    @CodeMonkeyG *rage intensifies*

    I mean, it's not my fight but from an outsider's perspective the Democrats need to change tactics if they want to win.
  • 0
    @JKyll Wait, what. I'm talking about Online Travel Agencies like Travelocity and TripAdvisor.

    WTF are you talking about?
  • 0
    @CodeMonkeyG LOL thought you were referring to the upcoming elections since it's a nuance topic lately.

    What will make OTA's change, soon...?
  • 1
    @JKyll Stuff I'm working on. More accurately, not that OTAs will change. The situation they have created will change.
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    @CodeMonkeyG I'm not so familiar with the situation they have created as I don't really use them, what's the issue?
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    @JKyll
    For hoteliers:
    OTA's hold guest data ransom from the hotels they are making reservations for. The guest arrives thinking everything is going to be peachy but the hotel has to be the one to lose face and inform them that they can not help at all with the reservation, they must go through the OTA. The OTA never tells them this. The hotels ALWAYS look like the bad guys.

    Imagine an industry where a handful of corporate entities are the clerics that decide whether your business is invisible or not. Whether you get to know anything about your guest BEFORE they arrive. You can (by contract) not talk to or help your guests directly but they can scream and holler at you as if you could because no one tells them that the OTA, not the hotel, is actually responsible for the reservation.

    In the end, the OTA takes chunk of money out of your revenue per night on rooms that they already beat you into practically giving away.

    For developers:
    Their APIs and approval process are just garbage.
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    @JKyll
    2 of 2

    It's like what Apple did with the iPhone. Sell, sell sell to the end consumer and then hold that market ransom from developers by requiring shitty approval processes, licensing fees, and deciding whether you are worthy of the attention of the users or not.

    Free market my ass.
  • 0
    @CodeMonkeyG oh I see, sounds like Google being (most of) the gateway of the internet and having power to shut you down if you don't comply.

    It sure is shitty, are you working on an alternative service?
  • 2
    @JKyll Part of what I am working on is an alternative service yes. The rest is secret for now.
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    @CodeMonkeyG I love secret source stuff, you go dude it's always good to see alternatives blossom from conflict
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