Going on a trip and need to book a room? Here are some of the best places to find a great deal to book hotels online.
Online booking sites allow you to compare the world’s hotels to find the best deal. Whether you like to stay in only the finest establishments, want to rent a flat and immerse yourself in the local scene, or are looking to stick to a budget, there are literally thousands of options out there. You just need to know where to look.
Which agents don’t charge a booking fee?
How much do these agents ask for a hotel deposit?
|Hotels.com||Varies depending on property|
|Expedia||No deposit required|
|Wotif||Varies depending on property|
|Webjet||No deposit required|
|Flight Centre||Total reservation amount required at the time of booking|
|Helloworld||Total reservation amount required at the time of booking|
|Roomorama||Total reservation amount required at the time of booking|
|Booking.com||No deposit required|
|Turu||Total reservation amount required at the time of booking|
|Accor Hotels||Deposit required by some hotels|
|Groupon||Deposit may be required depending on the offer|
|Scoopon||Deposit may be required depending on the offer|
|Hotwire||Total reservation amount required at the time of booking|
|Gezi||Deposit varies depending on the property|
|Roomer||Total reservation amount required at the time of booking|
Which agents offer cheap rooms?
One of the most important things to consider when you want to find a cheap place to stay is that hotels, hostels, b&bs, guesthouses and holiday rentals will vary greatly in price depending on the time of year, the time of booking and how full they are. That’s why it's important to compare lots of different properties before making a reservation. You might be able to find a bargain on a normally pricier hotel if you book last minute and grab a room that is still unsold.
Renting whole apartments is another way to get more value from your accommodation. Sites like Roomorama or Turu tend to offer self contained accommodation. If you are sharing with a friend it could even be cheaper than a traditional hotel, and you can save extra by using the kitchen.
If you don’t mind shared accommodation, hostel booking sites are definitely a budget way to travel.
Always read the terms and conditions when making a reservation to get the best deal and take advantage of the price match guarantee. While most larger booking engines will offer comparable pricing (and often will advertise the same hotels) extras like taxes, booking fees and other charges can really add up over time. Larger sites such as Expedia, Booking.com and HotelsCombined advertise thousands of hotels at once and allow you to search by price, so you can book a hotel room that is on sale for your dates.
Which agents offer a Price Match Guarantee?
- Hotels.com – Price match guarantee for the same room in the same accommodation right up until you check in.
- Expedia – If you find a cheaper rate Expedia will match it and give you a $50 travel voucher, with some conditions.
- Wotif – Wotif will match any lower price for the same room and accommodation within 24 hours of booking, with some conditions.
- Webjet – Price match guarantee with any other price for the same accommodation available for booking online.
- HotelsCombined – HotelsCombined will refund the difference if you find the same accommodation for a lower price, unless it is a link provided by HotelsCombined.
- Helloworld – Price match guarantee available within 24 hours of reservation.
- Booking.com – Price match guarantee with any other price for the same accommodation available for booking online.
- Accor Hotels – Accor Hotels will match any lower price available online, and then beat it by 10%.
Which sites let you book a hotel with Paypal?
Most larger booking sites will support PayPal payments, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you will be able to use it for all hotels. While the option is there, hotels themselves are often able to opt to accept the payment method or not. If a hotel accepts PayPal, you should see a little PayPal icon on the hotel information when you go to make a reservation.
Best hotel promo codes and deals January 2017
Book in advance and save 25%
Make a reservation for a Novotel property at least 30 days in advance and save up to 25% on the regular price.
Save up to 25% on advance bookings
Book a stay at an Ibis property at least 30 days in advance and save up to 25%.
Get 10% off bookings
Book direct with Swiss-Belhotel and get an instant 10% off your stay.
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Up to 30% off + FREE breakfast for BCA credit card holders
Simply use the code to get up to 30% off plus breakfast for BCA credit card holders. Valid for booking & stays until 15 March 2017. Valid only for Swiss-Belhotel Indonesian properties (Swiss-Belhotel, Swiss-Belinn and Swiss-Inn).
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Vegas Vacation Sale: rooms from $29
Book cheap rooms from $29 during the Vegas Vacation Sale.
Gold Coast stays from $92 per night
Find accommodation on the Gold Coast from $92 per night on Lastminute.com.au.
Book a Secret Hotel for up to 40% off
Not fussed about where you stay? Book Lastminute's secret hotels where the name is revealed when you book for up to 40% off the regular price.
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The Montague: Kids Go Free
Parents and children alike are glad to retire to the relaxing Montague on the Gardens, where every need is anticipated and taken care of. Kids up to 12 years stay and eat for free when sharing a room with parents. Offer also includes unlimited in-room movies and access to a games console too.
Save up to £20 off your stay
Book a stay at Britannia Hotels at least 10 days in advance and save up to £20 per night of your stay.
Weekly Britannia Hotel offers: Rooms from £38 per night
Reserve a stay at a select Britannia Hotel from just £38 per night for two people, including breakfast. Available hotels vary from week to week.
Best rate guarantee
Book a stay with Easy To Book and get the best rate guaranteed.
The Rubens: Book Early & Save up to 20%
Get up to 20% off on the best available rate when you book a minimum of 14 days in advance. T&Cs apply.
The Montague: 4 nights for the price of 3
Book 4 nights at The Montague and pay for only 3 nights. Available on all standard room types including Single, Double and King rooms. T&Cs apply.
The Chesterfield Mayfair: 3 nights for the price of 2
Stay for 3 nights for the price of 2. Stay a little longer with us in a junior suite or executive suite including the dormer suite, Duchess suite, Philippe suite and Stanhope suite and enjoy a complimentary third night. Terms & conditions apply.
The Chesterfield Mayfair: 4 nights for the price of 3
Stay for (4) four nights or more, get the fourth night free of charge. Available on all standard room types including Single, Double and King rooms. Terms & conditions apply.