Last week I had someone inquire for two weekdays later this month. I received the inquiry through my website. The guy said he would be willing to pay $500 total all taxes and fees included for 2 nights. This is for 4 adults.
I won’t bore you with all the details but I told him no discount. Then he comes back saying “shouldn’t weekday rates be less than weekends? I am willing to pay $500 now versus letting the place sit empty.” I declined again.
So then I saw my phone blinking and had an inquiry through Flipkey. Well it was him with the same offer…lol. But I think he found me on FK first, then googled the website. So I had to respond to him again so it didn’t count against me. And I let him know I am only responding to him because I was required to.
Well I had told my partner that they will be back. And I can bet that he was tasked with booking the place, and screwed it up. And that they will probably change the date a little, and have someone else inquire.
Today I get an inquiry through VRBO for 4 adults (much nicer message this time) saying they are interested in booking but are also looking at another cabin that has a lower rate of $171 a night. Would I consider matching the rate? - lol. And the date is just one date off from the prior inquiries.
I reply back with an explanation of no discount. I know this is the same group because you if add up $171 a night, plus my clean fee, plus lodging tax…it all comes to a total of $499.52 - just right under that $500 mark…ha!
OK…so in the last message the guy added that his wife is celebrating her birthday, and the other couple’s husband is celebrating his 55th. I am sooo tempted to reply with “tell George I said Happy Birthday.” - lol.