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Don't Use HotelsCombined.com Affiliate Program - Scammers

Discussion in 'Affiliate Programs' started by -Jericho-, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. -Jericho-

    -Jericho- Jr. Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    HotelsCombined.com in my opinion are scammers. All my traffic to them was legit traffic from a Disneyland blog I had. It wasn't much but over time I finally hit the $100 payout. They decided that they were gong to audit my account before submitting payment. They never told me what the results were and just closed my account without ever contacting me.

    I actually just figured this out today when I was going through some of my old affiliate accounts that I never check because I don't use them much. I tried to login and couldn't so I tried to request my password only to be told that my email address is not in their system.

    I would readily admit if I was trying to scam them and I wouldn't start a thread bashing them but companies like hotelscombined.com give affiliate companies a bad name. I don't give a shit about the $100 I lost but it's the principle of it that just irritates me.
     
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  2. Dumper

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    I hear ya, it really pisses me off when you can't get a reason for their actions. I'd rather know sooner then later that they are a bunch of broke dick assholes that aren't going to honor payment.
     
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  3. daniel6767

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    but i got paid from them on time every month
    contact them to see what is the mattter
     
  4. -Jericho-

    -Jericho- Jr. Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I had initially when they first told me about auditing my leads. The problem is after a few emails back and forth they stopped all communication. It wasn't until I checked tonight that I remembered what had happened.

    To me that's just bad form and they deserve to get bashed. I even told them at the time that I found it odd that as soon as I hit payout they all of a sudden wanted to audit my account.

    Now, because of this they will have a bad review posted on the internet on a popular forum that will likely rank pretty high for the keywords hotelscombined.com affiliate program and reviews. I hope they eventually see this and don't pull this shit with other affiliates in the future.
     
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    partymarty4870 Elite Member

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    just increasing the pages keyword density on "hotelscombined.com affiliate program" and "hotelscombined.com affiliate program reviews" for ya.
     
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  6. langmas

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    hotelcombine this experience with me. I get paid for the first time. last draw traffic to the site is the highest income-'s account is closed. until now I no longer manage hotelcombine
     
  7. HotelsCombined.com

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    Hi Guys, Thanks for your voicing opinion and valuable feedback, If you would be so kind as to provide me with your affiliate ID, I will happily review your traffic statistics and post them for the benefit of this forums users. If I discover that you were in fact wrongly denied payment I will gladly payout all commission in full. Regards Jordan
     
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  8. Th3T3chGuy

    Th3T3chGuy Senior Member

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    I guess it worked.
     
  9. Virtual Efforts

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    I was a Hotels Combined Affiliate since May and wanted to give an honest Hotels Combined Affiliate Program Review. I have been a travel agent for many years and did a tremendous amount of research on them and found that lots of people on forums were calling it the "Hotels Combined Scam". In fact, I didn't find many positive reviews at all other than generic ones that were similar to what I thought at first when joining - which was: "This is great! I made it to my first threshold and got paid with no problem. I think I'm going to like the pay per lead aspect of this program."

    Needless to say I was super excited to be a part of the Hotels Combined Affiliates Team. Unfortunately, this was not the long term positive outcome I had hoped for.

    Let me explain. I have a highly targeted niche hotel site and sent Hotels Combined extremely targeted leads. It was a new site and it took about 70 days for it to rise to #2 on Google. Finally I was just beginning to reap the benefits of the organic traffic I had targeted. My mistake was that I had "assumed" by signing on as an Affiliate with Hotels Combined that the revenue earned would be at the very least just a few cents when no bookings occurred and the more bookings your leads generated - the more pay per lead I would earn. It is a "Pay per Lead" program, right? What a bummer that this is not the way they work even though their marketing strategy allows for you to think it. My bad.

    My misconception: When a certain amount of time goes by that your leads don?t generate a booking they set your earnings to $0 per lead. The unethical part of it is they do this just before you reach your threshold so you end up not getting paid for all the time spent generating those leads. My experience was that just before I reached my 2nd threshold for payment they stopped paying me for the leads due to "not enough bookings". Another frustration is the stats page shows you no booking conversion percentage to keep track of. So there is nothing prompting you if in fact your booking conversion is low. They gave no warning with the exception of an email stating that my pay per lead earnings are now being set to $0 due to the leads not booking hotel stays. "Wait a minute", I thought. Wasn't this supposed to be a "Pay per Lead" type of affiliate program?? I mean, that was what drew me and so many others to the program, right? Man, did I feel duped.

    Trust me, I understand that conversion is important because I've worked as a travel agent for the past 10 years. I would have even understood them allowing me to at least reach my threshold and then cutting it off due to no sales but $20 shy of reaching my threshold? After months of working to target every single hotel on my website to generate leads for the Hotels Combined Affiliate Program?? Boy, I could kick myself. Read the fine print, my friends.

    My Hotels Combined Affiliate Review is pretty simple. If you are looking for a long term Pay per Lead relationship with the Affiliate Program Hotels Combined has to offer, they are not the ones to go with unless you truly have thousands of targeted visitors because we all know travel sales is a numbers game. You have to actually have the numbers in order to get the bookings and at the end of the day Hotels Combined only wants to pay you for leads IF those leads turn into actual bookings. So, disappointingly, this is not the Pay per Lead program so many think it is and that they advertise for you to "think" you are signing up with.

    My advice to the Hotels Combined Affiliate Program? I sincerely understand your need for conversion but Pay per Lead is Pay per Lead and Pay for Bookings is simply... Pay for Bookings. You know deep down that people like myself are drawn to your Affiliate Program thinking it's Pay per Lead, no matter the fine print. Otherwise, you would show booking conversion stats so your partners would know from the beginning that is truly what you are willing to pay them for. Suggestion: You should change your fine print to big print so that suckers like me would read: "The Hotels Combined Affiliate Program will only pay you for leads up until a certain point. If your leads do not turn into bookings then you will not be able to cash out. We do thank you for your efforts in bringing those leads to us, though.?

    Lastly: ?Kudos to a GREAT strategy on that fine print, though.? Although unethical, the affiliates that are scammed into it can actually advertise for the company for a few months. When they realize they will not get paid for every lead brought to the table the affiliates will naturally quit. What happens to all those leads, leads that may even come back to book within that 365 cookie? Well, you guessed it. A percentage of those leads will definitely come back because they now know Hotels Combined exists yet Hotels Combined won?t have to pay for the advertising because the affiliate that created that lead/booking is gone. I give them an A+ for their marketing efforts.

    So there you have it: My review of the Hotels Combined Affiliate Program.
     
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  10. Duffers5000

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    yes that's what I'm feeling....pay per lead my arse

    My travel sites get plenty of traffic.....even enough to make decent money off google.....but suspiciously I never get a click from hotels combined.

    I've been meaning to bin them for weeks but this just seconded what I'm seeing.
     
  11. tharako

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    They did the same to me. The day I just reached 100$ they started to value my traffic and suspended my account. I had a small spanish website with 10-15 visitors and 1 lead per day +/- from google and I couldn't be bad traffic. I won't use them anymore.
    Also, they are taking advantage of paying small for leads when they receive big for reservations, just use booking.com or hotels.com affiliate program instead, it converts much better and you will get more for reservations.
     
  12. incognito876

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    I have just heard from a friend that the Hotelscombined.com affilate program have done the same to her. She had got to over $150 and got an email saying her traffic did not convert and they had locked her out of her account. WTF??!

    The HotelsCombined affiliate program is a scam. If it is pay per lead it is pay per lead - if THEY ARE NOT converting TARGETED traffic, (and I know hers was very targeted) what can she do?

    I know of three other people in my town who have travel blogs, as we live in a tourist resort and they all have HotelsCombined.com affiliate links on - i guess people see someone is using it, think it must be worthwhile and sign up too. They will all be getting an email from me today warning them, and I think anyone who has been conned by these scammers should spread the word.

    They are waiting till people have sent them a certain amount of business, then before the amount they owe the affiliate gets too high they shut the account, thinking because it is only 100 bucks or so the affiliate won't be bothered to take things further.

    Definitely not cool.
     
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  13. Slina

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    My first 'making money' page was bux.to :D SCAMMERS!
     
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    I could agree with this, I haven't heard anyone get payed out by hotels combined, and the same thing that happened to them happened to you
     
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    Hi Jericho

    I don't agree with you. They aren't scammed..
    Thanks Hotels combined. 1 year ago I joined affiliate program. I am 100 percent satisfied.
    Now I earned monthly $800+ on my two private branding website.
    CheapInternationalHotels & ResortBookingDeals
     
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  16. wow99

    wow99 Registered Member

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    Feel for you bro, Thanks for letting us know.
     
  17. cheezycheez

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    since the time thay change their system i never get any earnings from them at all. i have to quit promoting them beccause they just suck our earnings. i use to get around 15 leads a day but nothing since 5 months ago. theyre doing crazy things i should say!!
     
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    I came to wonder if you guys know of any other site where you can have your own private branding site?
     
  19. joshweaver9

    joshweaver9 Senior Member

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    If you guys who are looking for a new affiliate program, are still looking, shoot me a PM.

    I will set you up with a White Label Travel Site. Pays out % of sale.
     
  20. DanielMob

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    If you're looking for other travel offers, though, let me know - we have it!
    Daniel from MATOMY