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Orbitz Worldwide Inc has found that people who use Apple Inc's Mac computers spend as much as 30 percent more per night on hotels, so the online travel agency is starting to show them different, and sometimes costlier, travel options than Windows visitors see, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

Orbitz executives said the online travel agency is experimenting with showing different hotel offers to Mac and PC visitors, but said the company isn't showing the same room to different users at different prices, the Journal reported. They also pointed out that users can opt to rank results by price.

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Well naturally someone that spends $3K+ on a computer is probably pretty wealthy and will spend more money on a hotel. The guy using a $300 walmart computer probably isn't going to get a $500/night hotel room lol.

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Well naturally someone that spends $3K+ on a computer is probably pretty wealthy and will spend more money on a hotel. The guy using a $300 walmart computer probably isn't going to get a $500/night hotel room lol.

That really depends on the person. I could totally see someone buying their eMachines laptop, then turning around and saying, "With the money I saved, I can sponsor an orgy! After all--a laptop will only last a year or three. Hep-C, now--that lasts forever."

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So...Orbitz is behind this? Why are these sensationalist titles allowed...I came in here expecting some kind of Apple-Orbitz deal with higher prices for same rooms or hiding cheaper rooms from Mac users. rolleyes.gif

All that I got from this is that Orbitz assumes Apple users are less interested in the "cheapest" price because they use Apple products? I guess that's just easier on them as a company than actually looking any deeper.
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Well naturally someone that spends $3K+ on a computer is probably pretty wealthy and will spend more money on a hotel. The guy using a $300 walmart computer probably isn't going to get a $500/night hotel room lol.
^What he said. Kinda obvious that there are more budget conscious people in the PC camp. Whats next? They start recommending cheaper accommodations to Linux users tongue.gif

Edit: Or ask you to allow a computer hardware check before giving a result. Oh Mr.Ivy bridge user right this way. We would like to recommend you a nice 5 star hotel biggrin.gif

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Are they basing this on users that visit the site using safari, or some other way that identifies the computer as a Mac?



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'Because if my Mac says it, it has to be right'.


Heh.

There was a time where Apple represented wealth. Now it just represents 'I buy this to look cool and because it's trendy and it makes me look rich'.

There's exceptions, but they are becoming more and more scarce.


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Well, people who pay $2000 for a laptop that does less than one less than half the price.... rolleyes.gif Probably buy the room by the ice machine if you paint it all white.

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Are they basing this on users that visit the site using safari, or some other way that identifies the computer as a Mac?
Your user agent will say what OS you use...
http://whatsmyuseragent.com/
A simple script can detect and analyze it and pass it on to whatever - in this case a room sorter.

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The new iTrip. It's just like any other trip to anywhere but the hotel is made out of aluminum and costs more.
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Nothing really wrong... companies do all types of analysis on your data to better fit your needs.

Age, location, history, etc.....

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