Our current Brazilian guests have already confirmed me that it’s a cultural thing for lots of Brazilians to ask for discounts so I will not make a big deal out of it, but so far we’ve had the following funny conversation with a Brazilian woman (translated and shortened to the essentials):
SHE: Hi, our normal flight will arrive at 10:50am on August 5th, however we will try to change our flight on the day we are traveling, so we would arrive on August 4th around 11:30pm. In case we change flights and you have the room available for how much would you give us early check in. Could you give us a discount on the daily rate?
ME: If you arrive august 4th at 11:30pm that wouldn’t count as an early check in, but just an extra night. The good news is, that our average nightly rate automatically drops when you book 3 instead of 2 nights.
SHE: So for how much could you give us the first night if we arrive the 4th of August?
ME: If you reserve it after 9am on the same day, I’m willing to give you a 35% discount.
SHE: I’m in doubt about something: Does the room have a private bathroom?
And can you give us a discounts for the nights of August 5th to 7th?
ME: The room does have a private bathroom.
Due to fierce competicion in this area, our prices are already much lower than we would like them to be, but we enjoy hosting and therefor we open the door to our house regardless.
We also have a much cheaper room with shared bathroom and there are a lot of cheaper options nearby.
(Note: Of course the cheaper options are way less nice .)
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If in her next message she only hints for another discount, I will double our prices for those dates . Cultural or not, I think she’s pushing the limits , or at least MY limits . Our place is beautiful and we offer great quality, so just be prepared to pay for it dear guests .