7 sites you must visit before you book your hotel

7 sites you must visit before you book your hotel

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With a bit of research upfront, you can benefit from massive savings on your trip’s accommodation. These online booking sites let you either book a place individually or part of a package. Most come with a low-price guarantee – If you find a better price somewhere else they refund you the difference.

Please take 2 minutes to read about some top sites you need to use:

 

1. Booking.com – www.booking.com

 

One of the largest hotel booking portals owned by Priceline group. 25 million rooms on its platform with 330 million – there are so many choices.

Ideal for: Travellers who just to want to book a place to stay.

Benefits:

  • Easy to book and navigate your trip on factors like location, price and distance from the airport.
  • Offer apartments, bed and breakfasts, hostels and even camping areas
  • Usually, offers free cancellation options and payment when you arrive
  • Use cashback sites Quidco.com and Topcashback.com to get extra cashback (up to 4%).

2. Expedia – http://www.expedia.com

 

Ideal for: Travellers who want to Bundle vehicle rentals, accommodations, cruises and fights.

Around over 16 years now, It’s the world’s largest OTA (Online Travel Agency). It offers end-to-end travel search and booking service for everything from car rentals to cruises

Benefits:

  • Features a rewards program offering extra deals and points for future purchases.
  • Use cashback sites Quidco.com and Topcashback.com to get extra cashback (up to 12%).

 3. Hotels.com – http://www.hotels.com


Ideal for:
Travellers who just to want to book a place to stay.

A new starter to the market. Very similar to the site Booking.com but worth checking out regardless.

Benefits:

  • Book ten nights and you will get you one night free. (Restrictions do apply).
  • Booking.com also has an excellent Best Rate Guarantee(BRG) programme on its price.
  • Offers great daily deals on hotels and discounts for referrals.

4. Use Comparison Sites – Trivago, Trip Advisor (Trivago.com and Tripadvisor.com) and TravelSuperMarket

 

Both very similar but they have their differences. Trivago provides an online wide search of hotel prices, so you enter your travel dates and it lists all the possible hotel options across their different partner sites. Trip Advisor has over 350 million reviews – it is a review site which provides helpful honest reviews about hotels you intend to stay in and also list different hotels on all the online sites – Worth a visit. TravelSuperMarket is another site, for package holidays and car hire, allowing customers to find the best deals from over 50 of the country’s leading travel agents and car hire companies and aggregators.


5. Hostels – a cheaper option! Hostelworld and Hostelbookers.com

 

6. Stay at a local’s house with Airbnb or Housetrip. Airbnb is the leader in spare room renting with over 3,000,000 listings worldwide.

Ideal for: Travellers who want a real local experience. Airbnb charges guests a 6% – 12% fee (covering cleaning) whenever a reservation is completed to cover company costs. As noted, the guest service fee varies depending on the cost of the subtotal. For 25% off your first trip, join via here www.airbnb.co.uk/c/wpointing

Benefits:

  • Majority offer self-catering, which can save on those expensive meals out.
  • You get a local’s perspective – often they prepare a great guide to cheap things you can do and attractions not worth bothering about
  • Expect to pay less than a hotel cost

 7. Look at the hotel site direct – could be the cheapest

 

Always look the hotel’s site direct. Sometimes it is cheaper than hotel sites, as they have to pay them a commission cost once a visitor books through them, to improve their visibility to more people

Any other sites you recommend visiting and using, please share.

William Pointing

I enjoy watching comedy, learning about new digital marketing trends, helping people generally (including saving money) and completing sport challenges (This year I plan on cycling to Paris from London).

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William Pointing

I enjoy watching comedy, learning about new digital marketing trends, helping people generally (including saving money) and completing sport challenges (This year I plan on cycling to Paris from London).

All stories by:William Pointing
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