But the question remains whether the ACCC could have done a better deal either by forcing the companies to accept a court-enforceable undertaking or allowing hotels the right to advertise online whatever price they wanted. The market is still waiting for the High Court to deliver its judgment in the Flight Centre case, which could throw the hotel deal into jeopardy. Under present arrangements, if a hotel does a deal with, say, Expedia at $100 a night, under the “most-favoured nation” clause, it must offer the same deal to Booking.com. Worse still, the hotel is not allowed to advertise a room at below that price online. Under the new deal, the hotel can offer different deals to different online travel agents provided they are for different packages, so one may be in the top five floors or with breakfast and the other on the bottom five floors with no breakfast. The hotel can’t compete with the online agents on its website but, if you ring or turn up, then you can get a better deal. Get the full story at The Australian Read also "Hotelier outrage over rate parity agreement with Booking.com and Expedia"