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Are travel Web sites really different?
Are travel Web sites really different?

A traveler booking a night at the Ft. Wayne Marriott hotel on Aug. 19-20 may get a surprise when checking prices online. There are only two possible prices. Expedia, Orbitz, Priceline, Travelocity and Cheaptickets.com uniformly quote $149 before taxes. Hotels.com, Lastminute.com and Marriott.com uniformly quote $119 before taxes. Eight sites and just two prices? Either this is the biggest coincidence since Laurel met Hardy — or something else is going on here. Who owns whom? That something else has nothing to do with the Ft. Wayne Marriott or any specific hotel. It is a system of sophisticated algorithms that control hotel prices, even on the secondary market of travel Web...