EDIT 5/28/19 – We have had mixed experiences with GoJoinGo. Although it’s a great travel discount site, we are requesting that you proceed with caution. We’ve used the hotel and airfare discounts and a couple of observations.
Linda: Hey this is Linda and Charles with FunLovingCouples the premier online destination for committed couples that like to travel, eat well, work out, and have fun and today we have the honor and privilege of having Chauncey Keller with us with GoJoinGo.com
Charles: And look I want to tell you a little bit about Chauncey’s background but I might use my cheat sheet so let’s just dive in. Chauncey Keller is a 20 year hospitality veteran. She’s worked for the past 13 years with hospitality, marketing, traveling company eprodirect/GoJoinGo as executive vice president. Prior to GoJoinGo she worked in some small sales marketing for PR for Hotel Phillips a boutique hotel in Kansas City, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Chauncey is a published author many times over and Chauncey you need to get some of those books so we can read them, and is a marketing advisor to many corporations including but not limited to the Atlantis, Disney, Meet LA, Marriott Hotels and Resorts, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Hyatt, and many, many more.
So with GoJoinGo she is thrilled to share the opportunity to public access the unpublished hotel rates up to 70 percent off any hotel rate you’ll find online. So I think, really, we’re just going to jump right into this. We’ve actually done this before we’re doing it again ’cause it’s that important for all of our listeners, so Chauncey, hello and welcome thank you for joining us again today.
Chauncey Keller: Thank you for having me, I’m excited to see y’all.
Linda: Yes, I know the last time we spoke I know you were heading to a Travel Massive event in Austin, Texas ’cause you live in Texas, and that’s actually how we met, not via the Austin chapter but actually online through Travel Massive and I’m so happy that, first off, we got to meet online, second off, that we got to learn all about GoJoinGo and thirdly, share it with all of our couples in FunLovingCouples and I guess one more, fourth, you’re part of FunLovingCouples so this is just awesome all around.
Chauncey Keller: A match made in heaven. So we are excited to partner with FunLovingCouples. I’ll just kind of dive in and give a high-level overview of GoJoinGo if that works for you.
Chauncey: We are excited! So there is such thing as a membership a lot of us are members I don’t want to name them, but membership clubs that maybe rhyme with rams or mostco, we all come to understand what a paid membership subscription is, right? Mamazon. What that is, is a lot of times is you get a discount because there is excess inventory of a certain product. Well, that’s the same exact way with hotels. There is excess product and the hotels label that as the wholesale rate so in the excess inventory that they have at the hotels, they call it the wholesale rate and what they need that for is enough money to pay the housekeeping, keep the lights on.
Hotels run about 70 percent occupancy across the world so they have about 30 percent of wanting to put heads in beds just give us what we need to whatever amount of money. And that’s called the wholesale rate. That is what all the big sites, Expedia, Priceline, Hotels.com, there’s about 250 of those online. They have access to that wholesale rate from that hotel. And so we get the benefit of taking even their excess inventory, Expedia, Priceline, and the hotels inventory, bundle it up into one paid membership site, GoJoinGo.com and give your friends, family, whatever, membership access to these low rates at wholesale. Expedia, Priceline, et cetera, they have to follow a rule called rate parody. What that means is they can’t be more than five percent lower, they’re not supposed to be more than five percent lower than what the hotels are selling. But you still get a discount if you utilize them, but the hotels kind of put a mandate on it like “hey don’t go any more than five percent lower.” While, us, is we get private access they give us their excess inventory, since they can’t do crazy low rates we’re able to do the crazy low wholesale rates and then give them to our members.
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It’s not the easiest thing to understand and I’d be happy to explain more there’s more information on GoJoinGo but in a nutshell, that’s why the rates are as low as they are and kind of where the inventory comes from.
Linda: That’s awesome, now we actually have used it and we shared the story with you. We booked a hotel, we booked the Embassy Suites, and typically it’s between $150, $185 a night and going through GoJoinGo we got it for $85 a night. As everyone knows Embassy Suites is a all-suite hotel, they give you cook-to-order breakfast, happy hour in the evening, and I mean, you pay for that in your nightly rate but I couldn’t believe, I just figured when we got there we were just getting a room with a bed in it and that was it, they weren’t going to feed us or give us drinks and snacks or anything but no, it was a normal stay at the Embassy Suites for, gosh, so much cheaper than if I would’ve went direct and I’m a Hilton Honors member and I figured let me do my research, let me see if it’s all that and I was blown away. I think my Hilton Honors member rate was like $120 a night.
Chauncey Keller: Which is still a great deal.
Linda: Yeah, even with that I thought, okay, then I logged on and was like “okay, sold.” Just out the door. And then another quick story, we go to the Ritz-Carlton in Palm Desert and they normally have cheaper rates in the summertime ’cause it’s so hot out there. But I was doing research and I did the same thing, I’m a Marriott member so I logged into my account and I can’t remember what the rate was but I know that going through GoJoinGo it was $12 a night cheaper, although that’s not a huge discount, it’s still a discount nonetheless. So I was excited about that.
Charles: That’s an extra appetizer.
Chauncey Keller: A glass of wine by the pool, right?
Linda: Yeah, exactly!
Charles: Should’ve done the spa treatment.
Chauncey Keller: One shoulder peel for $12.
Linda: Exactly. So with GoJoinGo I was blown away so I’m very happy that we joined.
Charles: You went to GoJoinGo and you paid how much?
Linda: $85 a night.
Charles: And the hotel cost how much?
Linda: It was, with my Hilton Honors, $121 a night.
Chauncey Keller: For the open, general public it was around $150ish.
Linda: It’s more than that.
Chauncey Keller: For somebody who wasn’t a member of Hilton Honors.
Charles: So, right out of the chute we saved 50 bucks.
Linda: Oh, yeah.
Charles: So, I just gotta ask ’cause I’m just one of those guys who’s always skeptical, what’s the hook?
Chauncey Keller: Really, there is no hook and I know that that sounds too good to be true but at the end of the day, hotels have excess inventory that they’re trying to put heads in beds and all of the online big travel guides they’re our partners they’re not our competition they’re our partners, they have excess inventory they have pre-purchased rooms at the wholesale rate from the hotels themselves and they have excess inventory and they can’t do crazy fire sales like they used to could do, you know, get a room for 40 bucks a night.
So GoJoinGo, I don’t like this word, but basically works as an outlet mall for hotels and all of the online booking engines and so there is no catch and like Linda said sometimes you may only save 10 percent I have literally seen rates up to 84 percent on. This is the middle of June, from April to June I haven’t had that many hotel stays but I’ve saved about $460 in that short amount of time frame on my hotel rooms. Yeah.
So it really, truly is no catch, it’s not too good to be true, it’s just a matter of getting the word out that people understand that there’s an under-world of motel wholesale rates and being a member of GoJoinGo gives you access to those wholesale rates.
Linda: It’s a yearly membership for GoJoinGo and I know that there’s a price and then if they use our promo code they get something off as well so can you talk a little bit about that?
Chauncey Keller: So the annual cost is $99 per year which may sound like a lot but I promise you it’s one or two hotel room nights and you’re saving that but Linda and Charles are so awesome we have given them a promo code and it’s “FLC” so obviously stands for FunLovingCouples. So when you go to GoJoinGo.com they’ll have a link and you need to go directly to that link that’ll kind of help you and then it just says give us your special promo code or your coupon code and you type in “FLC” and your members will get an extra $25 off. So that makes the annual membership only 74 bucks a year and there’s a seven day trial it’s complementary seven day trial so get on there try to stump the system it’s okay I know, Charles, you’ve done that many times and that’s cool, you know, the seven day free trial. So just check it out and try it for yourself.
One thing I do caution you, though, is don’t just do a reckless Google search. Don’t go to GoJoinGo and look at the rate and then just pull up it on Google because one, it’s priced per room type so Google may be showing a standard room when they only have suites available so our rate may be higher but that’s because the room types are different. If you were to look on Google for that same type room, suite, it would be less so to really compare go through the whole booking process and compare end result to end result to see GoJoinGo’s. Resort fees sometimes Google wouldn’t include that in the rate but sometimes it’s already included in ours so for Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman there’s gonna be $75 extra on there because that’s what the resort fee is per night that they charge is gonna be included in our rate if it says that you are not gonna see that. So I just don’t want people thinking “oh it’s not a good deal” make sure you go through the whole process. I just wanna caution that.
Linda: That is a great point because when I book the hotels there were things at the bottom that you had to read. So there were some rates that were non-refundable and then there were some that were. We knew for sure we were going to be there so of course you accept it but you have to actually click something and say “I understand and accept these terms” before you purchase on GoJoinGo which is really good because I’ve been burned before in Austin, Texas a few months back not realizing I was on a third party site and I won’t say who it is.
Charles: Rhymes with…
Linda: No, I won’t do that. I read the fine print but apparently it was a full prepay without any refund and after I got an email confirmation it told me that and I emailed them right away because we weren’t 100% sure on our dates I just wanted to reserve all the dates just in case but luckily I was able to get out of it but I was like “oh my goodness it didn’t tell me that when I was going through the process” but what I like about GoJoinGo is that it spells it out and tells you.
Chauncey Keller: It says exactly on there we don’t have any funky cancellation fees or policies its 100 percent of what the hotel’s cancellation policy is for that specific room so some are non-cancelable some are cancelable 48 hours some are 6 p.m. day of, some are 30 days out, there’s no fees or penalties from GoJoinGo it’s just whatever the hotel wants to assess if they have it and a lot of them don’t.
We’re talking about access to 2 million plus properties worldwide you guys, 2 million I think we’ve gotten so complacent with the word “million” I don’t think we really understand how much a million is but 2 million. Anywhere from hostels to resorts to downtown to ocean side resorts to homes kind of a rent-home thing so anywhere you can lay your head, any small town America, small town Italy, large town Australia I mean, this is universal over 2 million places worldwide so it’s not like if you buy into it you’re stuck traveling resorts only in California, well yeah that’s great you can use it for that but I’m from a little town called Liberal, Kansas, hey shout out Liberal, three hotels in Liberal are on there so it’s truly, truly worldwide.
Charles: So let me just get it straight now, first of all FunLovingCouples all of you out here watching this we strive to find the coolest things, the best things to give you and I personally think this is one of them. You oughta know I’m a little bit skeptical I might not be as crazy as my wife I’m a little skeptical when it comes to stuff like this but look, here’s the deal: seven day free trial, normally $99, $74 through FunLovingCouples…
Linda: Per year.
Charles: Per year it’s not per individual it’s per account and I’ve already seen it. Within the first hotel we’ve already got back over 50 percent of our investment and we plan on using this throughout the year.
Charles: And as Chauncey just told us, it’s 2 million properties it’s not just the Motel 6 in some obscure part of Laredo, Texas, it’s all over the place and it’s for a lot of the things that you wanna go and do. So I would encourage you, you’ve got a trip coming up whether it’s across the country or across the world, check it out at least make some comparisons, we just did some numbers for Italy and what’d you come up with?
Linda: We had already booked our trip to Italy before we found GoJoinGo but I did find some great, great deals on air- ’cause you do airfare as well and attractions, events, and then hotels and it just gave me a plethora of hotels to look at. So for our next trip I’m definitely gonna do it but I know that you have a story ’cause you’re gonna be doing some international travel soon and you had used GoJoinGo for the flights.
Chauncey Keller: Correct. So I do wanna clarify slightly on the additional travel, so cars, hotels, entertainment there is a discount on that. That industry, there is a very fine profit margin and they like to hold on to their profit just a little inside trick they are for-profit businesses. And so for the airfare and those others, there is a discount it’s not near as massive, I can’t sit there and advertise “hey 70 percent off” because that’s not the truth.
On domestic flights, there’s gonna be a couple dollars here, there, you are going to save just not the massive amounts. The biggest discount in the airline where they do have profit and where they do play around with that a little bit is in business class and first class and international. So for me, personally, my husband is actually a college basketball coach and we have the honor of playing in a tournament in Ireland in November and so our team’s going over there it’s very cool but for my kids I had to obviously purchase that so I looked on flights from Houston to Dublin from Houston, and they were $489 round trip on a very commonly known air carrier. I looked on their website direct and you could choose your seats so I know it’s the exact same seat exact same airfare, it was about $1200 so I got it on Booking Community for under 500 as opposed to 1200 per ticket.
Again, that was international so I don’t want to over-promise anything but the discounts are there and I do want to go back to the validity of GoJoinGo there’s actually, believe it or not, over a 170 million members worldwide that use GoJoinGo so it’s not something that you’re gonna be the first one ever to try it out there’s obviously 170 million people that utilize it worldwide and that enjoy it.
Charles: That’s a great point. I’m glad you brought that up ’cause I think with 170 million people that speaks to the authenticity and the value that they’re finding in it ’cause if it wasn’t working people wouldn’t be in there it’s that simple.
Chauncey Keller: Exactly and those people aren’t getting the discount that they’re getting through FunLovingCouples you know, they’re paying the full annual membership fee so again I just wanted to reiterate use the link that you guys will be providing as well as make sure you use that coupon code “FLC” because it won’t automatically populate in there, FLC to get your discount.
Linda: Yes, yes. Well we look forward to hearing about your trip to Ireland because that sounds amazing. So the kids are going as well?
Chauncey Keller: Yes I’m hoping their principal isn’t hearing this interview but yes they may or may not be playing hooky that week it’s the week after Thanksgiving. So we, as a family, we’re again very fortunate. We don’t miss a game we travel with my husband and the team no matter where they go so we are not opposed to get on that bus and drive cross-country or get on that airplane and fly anywhere to support our family so we travel a lot and we utilize GoJoinGo for our personal travel we utilize it for business travel and so I’m not gonna go into all those specifics but you don’t have to be an avid traveler, I personally love to travel but you don’t have to be an avid traveler to really get your value out of GoJoinGo you go to Grandma’s house for Christmas you may not be taking a massive worldwide vacation but go to Grandma’s house once a year and then you once a year go somewhere for Thanksgiving and boom your membership’s covered.
Linda: It’s amazing I’m very happy that we found you and we were able to connect and of course, also, be able to utilize GoJoinGo ’cause to Charles’ point we’re already ahead we have more trips coming I actually will be flying his mom out in August and I started looking at flights and what I noticed was it was still for domestic it was still less than what I could find just online. It’s working very well for us and I know that money will already be saving it.
Chauncey Keller: Absolutely.
Charles: So folks, last time, go check it out seven day free trial, big discount off the annual membership per account annual membership, I did say that, per account, and you don’t have to go once a month, once a week you can actually go just a couple times a year and make money back and for us I do like to save money so I can redirect it to the having fun portion of our trips.
Chauncey Keller: And I do want to mention you can do a monthly membership as well but you just don’t receive a discount when you do that you can still click on through the link that they give you but when you do the annual savings it’s over 50 percent of what you would pay if you were to go month to month to month to month. I don’t wanna scare everybody and think you have to be locked in annually there is a monthly membership you just don’t get the discount as far as coupon code discount, you still get the hotel discounts.
Charles: And $79 for the year that’s not even one night out.
Charles: 74, yeah. That’s not even one night out so maybe have a slow Saturday, Sunday, save a couple of bucks apply it to your GoJoinGo membership and then reap the benefits on the other side.
Linda: Yeah, absolutely. So is there anything else that we need to know before we let you go?
Chauncey: Don’t miss this opportunity. My personal favorite where I’ve used GoJoinGo and my personal favorite places to travel Barbados, Valona, British Columbia, Paris, Cuba, of course all throughout the United States, Switzerland, those are just my own personal kind of a club there. Additional information about the club membership is on GoJoinGo so some of your questions may be answered there. If you guys have specific questions reach out to Charles and Linda and they can direct you to me. I am also in your closed Facebook group so you can tag me on that and I’d be happy to jump in so we’re accessible I mean, we are transparent what you see is what you get, it’s out there happy to answer any questions and most importantly appreciate y’all’s mentioning of GoJoinGo and your friendship and your awesome tips I’m a terrible eater so I cannot get on board with the eat well cause I’m a McDonald’s junkie, sorry!
Charles: Eat well isn’t necessarily healthy it’s just eat good eat well.
Chauncey Keller: So eat like three times a day well enough to fulfill your hunger that’s me then.
Charles: It really comes down to we only work out so we can eat well.
Chauncey Keller: Well I appreciate you guys let me mention it one more time, GoJoinGo.com but really use the link that they have there so that way they just like to kind of make sure their members are getting the best fun code where it says that “FLC” for your coupon discount.
Linda: Perfect, thank you. And it’s almost like we have our own private travel club, really.
Chauncey Keller: Very cool.
Linda: Well, we really appreciate your time we know that you’re busy you have two kids and a very busy husband and we know you’re gonna have an amazing summer but we look forward to seeing you in the group and of course hearing about your travels as well.
Chauncey Keller: Yeah, awesome. And we wanna hear when you guys sign up go make sure in the group or anywhere when you guys do sign up for GoJoinGo and you do have travel savings we love to hear success stories and the more that you guys talk about it and tell people it’s legitimate it’s real then it’s just exciting and we love to see and Charles and Linda like to see that their time’s not wasted in finding these special offers for you guys so tell us all about it, we wanna hear about it.
Linda: Yes. Well, thank you so much.
Charles: Thank you Chauncey.
Linda: Have a wonderful day!
Chauncey Keller: Thank you! See ya.
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