Orbitz Charges Mac Users More for Hotel Rooms
The Mac Tax 2.0: Higher Prices for Mac Users on Orbitz
Flight- and hotel search site Orbitz charges you more if you use a Mac, it turns out. The Wall Street Journal found that Mac users were quoted $20-$30 more per night on hotel queries, compared to their PC-using counterparts.
Orbitz confirmed that it is using user-agent info to segment its visitors, and quoting higher hotel rates to Mac users, who, as a group, have demonstrated a willingness to pay more for hotel rooms in the past.
We all know about "the Mac tax", in which we're charged double for arguably under-powered hardware (they're shinier, lower-maintenance, and safer than PCs), but this is just getting silly. That Mac owners tend to have higher incomes is irrelevant. If you got a 20% raise at work today, should your local coffee shop start charging you and extra buck because of that?
Obviously, I recommend that Mac users avoid Orbitz for booking hotel rooms. Duh. Try Priceline, Expedia, or a good ol' fashioned travel agent.
Orbitz described its move as an experiment. Hey, Orbitz, I think I may have a reasonable guess as to how your little experiment is going to turn out.
Note that Hipmunk uses the Orbitz engine, which sucks, since Hipmunk has such a brilliant user interface.
[I'm a Mac user. Believe me, I'm not filing this story from the f&cking Hamptons.]