So. Earlier, I was looking at hotels in Hong Kong because I was trying to decide if I should spend my birthday week there. (By the way, I use http://www.agoda.com for hotel booking transactions because I find the deals generally good; if you know a better site, please do share :-D)
As I was browsing through the roster, I stumbled on The Peninsula in Hong Kong, which of course, is a beautiful hotel with a lot of history as the Kowloon property is also The Peninsula’s flagship hotel. Of course, as its crown jewel, accommodation doesn’t come cheap: a room costs P20,000++ a night, at the least.
I clicked on the hotel as I fantasized how grandiose it would be to stay there. I entered pretend-dates to see how much an entire week of stay would amount to. It didn’t show the total amount, but instead, it asked for my credit card details, which I duly entered. I was thinking, it would ask me for a final confirmation before the transaction is finalized.
I clicked enter. The next page sent shivers down my spine; pinagpawisan ako ng ice water ng bonggang bongga:
Dear XXX Jason XXX, your booking with Agoda is confirmed and complete. The hotel voucher was sent to your e-mail address. You must present it to the hotel at check-in.
Ay pota. Downpayment ng sasakyan!!! LOL!
I scrambled to cancel my booking (which *I think* I successfully did; otherwise, you’d find me sipping afternoon tea at The Pen and then proceeding to Wan Chai at night for work, lol), albeit, I was charged US$15 for the cancellation. While I hated to see how the amount just vanished into thin air, I’m just grateful Agoda had a cancellation policy for this particular transaction. (Some don’t, especially for promos, similar to those Cebu Pacific low-fare promos.)
Anyway, what a way to rouse me back to reality 😛