I used them once in '04 for New York, it was okay. It was for a 2 nigts stay, and went along fine.
recently my two holidays were with Marhaba Holidays, www.marhabaholidays.com where been recommended through my friend. Indeed personal service ! So being now a days I use them !
Requested a booking in Singapore(yesterday)for a week ahead. Confirmation was quick however the dates listed in the confirmation were 6 days out. I requested they revise the booking for the correct dates. Was advised that the hotel is booked out on those days, that they had already extracted the money from from my credit card, that there can be no cancellation or refund, but would I like to book an alternate hotel (at additional cost of course). First time I have used WD, it has turned into an instant nightmare and I would advise anyone to steer well clear of this bunch.
Hey Karachi Jo,
After a strange situation with wired-destinations I went searching for info on their business (wish I'd done that beforehand but didn't...). Anyway, my situation sounded suspiciously similar to yours in that I was certain I chose a certain date but the dates in the confirmation email were well out. As you can guess (or else I wouldn't be posting here!) they refused to correct the dates without charging me the full cost of the stay - which would be harsh but justifiable if I made the mistake. It's just that I don't think that I did.
If you're still reading this, I'm wondering if you're equally certain (in my case I was entering the information and the person beside me was checking it, so I'm fairly confident) that you chose the correct dates.
Anyone else out there have a similar story? The thought has crossed my mind that they could have software problem which occasionally messes up the dates. Just a thought though, not trying to apportion blame.
If you have any luck with a refund, please let me know!
Be careful, Wired Destinations are thieve and swindler company!.
No put your money on their hands, you loose it!.
They are very fast to take our money, but forget you when they have it.
Never use Wired Destinations service. All post talking about their beautiful service have been written by them.
I booked an hotel in Hong Kong:
Booking ID: HK247466
Hotel ID: 466 (Renaissance Harbour View)
Check In Date: 2006-08-01
Check Out Date: 2006-08-02
But they emailed me warning about multiply by two their offered price. They didn't give me alternatives to another hotels. Your statement: or pay me more or you can't see your first booking money.
They didn't response to my questions about looking for another hotels using my credit. They have my money and I have no hope to obtain anything from them.
For my 3 weeks in Myanmar this year I used a mixture of directrooms.com, precisionreservations.com and hotelclub.net, and had no problems whatsoever.
I used hotelclub.net quite a few times during my 4 months RTW in early 2005 and have had no problem with them whatsoever. I'm talking double room for $30 - $60 USD a night, not budget accomodation. Hotelclub gives you reward money for every booking which you can use as a discount on your next booking.
I recall using www.trav.com as well during my RTW last year, and I always check out venere.com for European hotels.
Haven't had any problems yet, but it will probably happen sometime.
I also used octopustravel.com.au last year for the RTW trip.
I'll probably stick with the ones I have mentioned in this post, but hope no-one in TP gets royally screwed.
Other times we just arrive somewhere (e.g. San Pedro de Atacama) and I let the wife loose with her bargaining powers (and she didn't and still doesn't know any Spanish).
The Bali hawkers give her a wide berth when she walks down Jalan Legian!!!!!
I'll never use Wired-Destinations again.
I recently booked a hotel room in HK from them. The published rate was US$160 but in the end I got charged over US$300+. Their excuse was that the hotel was full and I had accepted an upgrade to a better room.
The big joke is...when I called the hotel myself, I could get the room I wanted at $231 and there were vacancies !!!! So I cancelled and they insist on charging me one nights stay as cancellation fee!
I've asked them to waive it and I'm still waiting for a reply. Whatever they claim in their website is totally untrue. Their customer service is totally appaling, to say the least.
Personally, it's easier and sometimes cheaper if you just called the hotel directly.
Wired Destinations is a scam - PERIOD! If you read details on their web site you will find out soon once you enter your credit card details money will be taken and booking then will be sent to their local agents, who then will contact hotels reservation department to book rooms. This can take time, especially depending on destination.
This company is working out of their offices at United Center on 39th floor, Silom Road 3 in Bangkok. It is 50story office tower right opposite entrance of infamous Patpong. Why dont you visit thier office and complain directly?? Not a problem, i can tell you that.
[ Edit: Please, no personal flames ]