Dissing the Donald on Travel

Hotel Chatter fires Donald Trump as its travel agent. The Donald apparently has a travel site (who knew?) called GoTrump.com.

    GoTrump.com is all about “The Art of the Travel Deal. ” Online travel is a huge business – an $80 billion business. That is why negotiating to get the best rate matters. There are plenty of other sites out there, but only GoTrump.com gets the best deals.

And on the site, Trump offers his recommendations for best hotels.

Hotel Chatter’s criticisms are twofold — that it’s unlikely Trump has even been to some of the properties he recommends, and that the suggestions are boring and unimaginative:

    Considering that there are about 53 cities listed, we doubt that Trump has been to all these hotels but there’s a good chance he may have. We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt today.

    Each hotel in cities far and wide, like Bali and Hong Kong, and near like New York and San Francisco, gets a special page on the site, complete with a description, updated information, facts, pictures and lists of amenities.

    The only problem is his choices are consistently the top luxury brands such as Fairmont, Ritz Carlton and the Four Seasons.

    For instance, the Donald recommends the Four Seasons for Los Angeles, the Fairmont for Chicago and San Francisco and a combination of the Four Seasons and the Ritz-Carlton for New York. Oh, and of course, he recommends his own Trump International Hotel for the Big Apple as well.

    So if you’re the kind of guy who buys Trump suits and will apply for The Apprentice’s 20th season, Trump’s picks could be very helpful indeed. But for the rest of us, it’s boring.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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