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* Book direct: While Online Travel Agencies claim to get you the best deal, travel experts say there are several reasons to book directly with a hotel. For instance, by booking direct, you can truly get the lowest price or a “best rate guarantee”, you don’t have to pay additional booking, change or cancellation fees and, if necessary, your charges are often refundable. Booking direct also allows you to take advantage of special deals and amenities, get better room assignments and receive a 100% legitimate rate.
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