We’ve shown you how to save money on flights by booking through Expedia, but how does this OTA compare when booking a hotel room?
One thing that makes Expedia unique is it offers its own rewards program. It’s free to join and allows you to earn points that you can use to book travel on Expedia. This program isn’t impressive when it comes to flights, but hotel bookings through Expedia offer a much better earn rate.
For each hotel booking, you will earn 2x Expedia points/$1.
While you won’t earn points on a hotel’s loyalty program, you can double-dip by earning credit card points.
Another thing that’s a little different with Expedia is their extended low-price guarantee. Most OTAs require you to submit your claim within 24 hours of booking, but Expedia extends the guarantee until 24 hours before your stay!
Expedia Split Rates are another way to save. These bookings are just split into 2 separate reservations to save you money!
Pros and Cons of Expedia
- Expedia rewards.
- Extended hotel price guarantee.
- Expedia Split Rates.
- You will not earn loyalty points or elite night credits on the hotel’s own rewards program.
- While most bookings are refundable, some are not. Pay attention to the terms of your booking before completing your purchase
Searching for a hotel on Priceline is straightforward and prices are similar to other OTAs.
One of the areas where Priceline can offer a deep discount through its Express Deals. These opaque bookings keep details of the hotel secret until the booking is complete. These are pre-paid, non-refundable, and non-transferable bookings. If your plans aren’t concrete, it’s best to avoid this type of booking.
These Express Deals also have a much more generous best-price guarantee than standard bookings. When booking a traditional hotel room through Priceline, you will receive a 100% refund of the price difference if you find a better price within 24 hours of booking.
However, if you book an Express Deal and find a better price anytime up to midnight before you travel, you will get a 200% refund of the price difference!
The reservations must be identical in all aspects, and the rate must be available to the general public (no member rates) to qualify.
Pros and Cons of Priceline
- Express Deals.
- Best price guarantee.
- You won’t earn hotel loyalty points or elite night credits when booking through Priceline.
Booking.com can be easy to use, yet is an unremarkable site.
One thing that stands out about this site is its generous low-price guarantee. If you find a lower advertised price for the same reservation available to the public (not a member or special rate), Booking.com will refund the difference up to 24 hours before your check-in date. The offer needs to be online and available at the time Booking.com checks.
In addition to hotels, you can book hostels, B&Bs, and vacation homes on Booking.com. Just look at the left-hand side filtering options for Property Type.
Pros and Cons of Booking.com
- Good filtering options.
- Generous price-match guarantee.
- Option to book non-traditional accommodations like hostels or B&Bs.
- You won’t earn loyalty points or elite night credits from the hotel’s rewards program
Hotels.com is one of the easier OTAs to use since it doesn’t deal with things like car rentals or cruises. However, despite its name, Hotels.com does offer hotel and air packages and even stand-alone flights!
One of the best things about Hotels.com is their rewards program. When you stay 10 nights, you get 1 night free. The value of your free night is the average price of the 10 nights you stayed to earn it.
If you stayed 5 nights at a $200/night hotel and 5 nights at a $300/night hotel, your free night would be worth $250. You can redeem your free night without restrictions or blackout dates at over 213,000 properties across the globe.
Beginning 11/27/19 you’ll have to pay a $5 redemption fee for every reward night you redeem. While that’s not ideal, there is a way to avoid this fee. There will be no redemption fee applied when reward nights are redeemed using the Hotels.com app.
Hotels.com also offers secret prices. These are advertised to save you up to 50%, but in reality, these discounts can be more in the 5 to 10% range.
Unfortunately, as with most OTAs, you will not be able to earn loyalty points or elite nights with the hotel’s program when booking through Hotels.com. If you generally aren’t loyal to 1 brand or don’t have elite status with a brand, this probably doesn’t need to be a factor in your decision of where to book.
Pros and Cons of Hotels.com
- Hotels.com rewards program.
- Members-only secret pricing.
- You won’t earn loyalty points or elite night credits from the hotel’s rewards program.
- Starting in November 2019, you’ll have to pay a fee to redeem your reward nights unless you use the mobile app.
Apart of those four chances to book, their are plenty more online. It is market that is battled for every single day especially during the hard Corona Virus times.