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    • brianposter
    • By brianposter 14th Jan 20, 8:13 AM
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    How to avoid the big internet names in a search ?
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    • 14th Jan 20, 8:13 AM
    How to avoid the big internet names in a search ? 14th Jan 20 at 8:13 AM
    Has anyone worked out how to avoid the big internet names in a search ?
    I like to book accommodation direct and I used to be able to do it using the - sign, ie searching for accommodation in A-B, where B is another town. However this no longer functions very effectively.
    Is there a better way of doing things ?
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    • arciere
    • By arciere 14th Jan 20, 9:16 AM
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    • 14th Jan 20, 9:16 AM
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    • 14th Jan 20, 9:16 AM
    Can you define 'big names'? Are you talking about websites like hotels.com, booking.com, etc?

    If yes, you can always search there and then book directly on the website of the hotel, although this is not always the cheapest option.
    • brianposter
    • By brianposter 14th Jan 20, 9:57 AM
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    • 14th Jan 20, 9:57 AM
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    • 14th Jan 20, 9:57 AM
    Can you define 'big names'? Are you talking about websites like hotels.com, booking.com, etc?

    If yes, you can always search there and then book directly on the website of the hotel, although this is not always the cheapest option.
    Originally posted by arciere
    Yes. I am refering to that type of site.
    The problem is that in many cases it is difficult or impossible to find the websites for direct booking because of all the clutter.
    • arciere
    • By arciere 14th Jan 20, 10:51 AM
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    • 14th Jan 20, 10:51 AM
    There is no clutter.

    You find a name, you google the name of the hotel, you go to their website. If the hotel's website is not in the first 5-10 results, chances are that the hotel does not have a website. If you still want to book directly with them, find the phone number and call them. Not much else you can do.
    • SnowTiger
    • By SnowTiger 14th Jan 20, 11:25 AM
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    • 14th Jan 20, 11:25 AM
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    • 14th Jan 20, 11:25 AM
    Has anyone worked out how to avoid the big internet names in a search ?
    I like to book accommodation direct and I used to be able to do it using the - sign, ie searching for accommodation in A-B, where B is another town. However this no longer functions very effectively.
    Is there a better way of doing things ?
    Originally posted by brianposter
    Toddle off to Google.

    Type 'accommodation town/city' in to search box.

    Google replies with a map and list of accommodation.

    Click on the one you like and more info pops up, including a link to accommodation's website.

    Click that link.
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 14th Jan 20, 7:40 PM
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    • 14th Jan 20, 7:40 PM
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    • 14th Jan 20, 7:40 PM
    Search box....

    Hotel Town -website.com -website2.com


    hotel in stoke -booking.com -tripadvisor.co.uk
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    • brianposter
    • By brianposter 15th Jan 20, 5:49 PM
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    • 15th Jan 20, 5:49 PM
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    • 15th Jan 20, 5:49 PM
    Toddle off to Google.

    Type 'accommodation town/city' in to search box.

    Google replies with a map and list of accommodation.

    Click on the one you like and more info pops up, including a link to accommodation's website.

    Click that link.
    Originally posted by SnowTiger
    Thanks, Tiger. That has turned up several new possibilities.
    • brianposter
    • By brianposter 15th Jan 20, 5:55 PM
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    • 15th Jan 20, 5:55 PM
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    • 15th Jan 20, 5:55 PM
    Search box....

    Hotel Town -website.com -website2.com


    hotel in stoke -booking.com -tripadvisor.co.uk
    Originally posted by forgotmyname
    For reasons best known to the search engines this does not appear to work. Omitting the .com appears to work somewhat better but still does not get rid of the relevant websites.
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 15th Jan 20, 9:51 PM
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    • 15th Jan 20, 9:51 PM
    works on google.co.uk using firefox. I tested it.
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    • brianposter
    • By brianposter 17th Jan 20, 6:17 PM
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    works on google.co.uk using firefox. I tested it.
    Originally posted by forgotmyname
    Certainly doesnt work for me using google.co.uk and Firefox at the moment, although it did appear to work once this morning. When I get the time I will try to analyse things a bit further.
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