17 sites to book hotels online Australia

Information verified correct on December 3rd, 2016

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.


1. HotelsCombined
Compare all the top travel engines such as Expedia and Booking.com in one place to find the most competitive price.

  • Winner of World’s Travel Award for the World’s Leading Hotel Comparison site in 2014
  • No booking fee
  • Top rated on Trustpilot

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2. Wotif
Search and book hotels and other travel services worldwide with a locally based Australian travel agent.

  • Daily deals
  • Australian based
  • Over 500,000 properties available globally

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3. Hotels.com
An offshoot of Expedia, Hotels.com has got the scale to search every corner of the web to help you find your perfect hotel.

  • Customer reviews for every property available
  • Rewards program
  • Toll-free helpline from Australia

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4. Booking.com
One the the most popular online hotel booking sites in the world.

  • Over 690,000 properties available
  • No booking fees
  • 24/7 customer service

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5. Expedia.com.au
Search for all types of accommodation including guesthouses, B&Bs, hotels, hostels and more.

  • One of the largest online accommodation search networks available.
  • Price match guarantee.
  • Rated 92% by customers on Feefo reviews.

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6. Flight Centre
One of the world's largest groups of travel agencies, Flight Centre can help find the perfect hotel for your next trip.

  • Price-match guarantee
  • Multi-night hotel packages available with extras added in like meals and internet access
  • Customer service available 24 hours a day, plus online chat

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7. Webjet
Multi-award winning Australian operated online agency for flights hotels, packages and more.

  • Customer service helpline available 24/7
  • Earn and redeem Flybys on all bookings
  • Award winning

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8. Helloworld
Helloworld’s customer service and booking engine won the award for Best Travel Agency Group at the AFTA NAtional Travel Industry Awards in 2014.

  • 24/7 customer support
  • No booking fees
  • Hotel best price guarantee

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9. Roomorama
300,000 available flats and rooms available for rent all over the world.

  • All hosts are verified
  • Roomorama Instant guarantees booking immediately
  • Rent a whole flat and stay like a local

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10. Roomer
What happens when someone cancels a hotel room? They can sell it on Roomer. Snag cheap stays that other people booked but can no longer use and are looking to sell off at a deep discount.

  • Includes TripAdvisor reviews with each hotel listing
  • Can find deep discounts on stays

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11. Accor Hotels
For high-flyers and lovers of luxury: Accor Hotel group offers the only the best for your hotel needs.

  • Members receive exclusive treatments, prices and offers
  • Online check-in/checkout service
  • Le Club Accor Hotels loyalty program cares for you throughout your travel

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12. Hotwire
Not too picky and just looking for a great deal? Check out Hotwire's mystery hotels and bag a bargain.

  • Book a hotel based on location and rating to save big
  • Up to 65% off the regular room price
  • You can also book your flights, car hire or a complete package

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13. Groupon
Get a discount coupon to use at a hotel booking site, or search for discounted accommodation with Groupon directly.

  • Flash sales every day
  • Everything available with the app
  • Last minute deals

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14. Catch of the Day
Snatch a deal on rooms in Australia, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific with Catch of the Day's curated travel deals - often with loads of extras thrown in to sweeten the deal.

  • Negotiated offers with loads of extras
  • "Peace of Mind Guarantee" valid within 14 days of purchase
  • Partners with Scoopon to share hotel deals

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15. Scoopon
If you love snagging a great deal on hotel packages, check out what Scoopon has on offer.

  • Hotel stays and packages available in Australia, Bali, Thailand, China, Vietnam and more
  • Endorsed by travel show Getaway's Catriona Rowntree
  • Savings of up to 85%

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16. Turu
Turu is Australia's specialists for caravan park, holiday park and vacation bookings.

  • No booking fees
  • Sign up for special news and exclusive offers
  • Customer service available via phone or email

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17. Gezi
Do a side-by-side comparison of trusted booking engine and see who comes out on top, all in one place -- Gezi.

  • Read user reviews about the hotels
  • No need to check multiple websites
  • Book hotels just about anywhere in the world

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Which agents don’t charge a booking fee?

  • Expedia
  • Wotif
  • Webjet
  • HotelsCombined
  • Millennium Hotels
  • Booking.com
  • Virgin Australia
  • Turu

How much do these agents ask for a hotel deposit?

AgentDeposit required
Hotels.comVaries depending on property
ExpediaNo deposit required
WotifVaries depending on property
WebjetNo deposit required
Flight CentreTotal reservation amount required at the time of booking
HelloworldTotal reservation amount required at the time of booking
RoomoramaTotal reservation amount required at the time of booking
Booking.comNo deposit required
TuruTotal reservation amount required at the time of booking
Accor HotelsDeposit required by some hotels
GrouponDeposit may be required depending on the offer
ScooponDeposit may be required depending on the offer
HotwireTotal reservation amount required at the time of booking
GeziDeposit varies depending on the property
RoomerTotal 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.

Booking.com, Expedia, Hotelscombined, Wotif, Hotels.com, Roomer and Helloworld all support PayPal payments.


Best hotel promo codes and deals December 2016

Up to 40% off: Christmas Sale

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Save up to 30% with Agoda Insider Deals

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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.

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Up to 15% off select hotels when you book on Tuesday

Book on a Tuesday, and save up to 15%* when you choose from 17 hotels in great locations across Australia and New Zealand, plus get either 2-for-1 breakfast or free late check-out at Travelodge.

Up to 30% off + FREE breakfast for BCA credit card holders

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Up to 10% off advanced purchase: Berjaya Eden Park London Hotel, United Kingdom

Save up to 10% off advanced purchase at Berjaya Eden Park London Hotel, United Kingdom.

10% off when you book 13 days in advance: Berjaya Waterfront Hotel, Malaysia

Get 10% off when you book 13 days in advance at Berjaya Waterfront Hotel, Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Book & stay until 31st December 2016. Minimum 2 nights stay required. T&Cs apply.

Vegas Vacation Sale: rooms from $29

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Up to 20% off early bird promo + free breakfast at Swiss-Inn Batam, Indonesia

Book 14 days in advance and save up to 20% off the flexi rate with breakfast for two included at Swiss-Inn Batam, Indonesia. Book & stay until 30th December 2016.

Gold Coast stays from $92 per night

Find accommodation on the Gold Coast from $92 per night on Lastminute.com.au.

Up to 25% off for 3 nights stay + other great benefits at Swiss-Inn Batam, Indonesia

Enjoy up to 25% off for 3 nights stay plus other great benefits at Swiss-Inn Batam, Indonesia. Includes daily breakfast for 2 persons & more. Book & stay until 30th December 2016.

Book a Secret Hotel for up to 40% off

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The Chesterfield Mayfair: Book Early & Save up to 30%

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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.

Book Early & Save up to 30% - The Egerton House Hotel

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The Montague: Book Early & Save up to 20%

Receive up to 20% off on the best available rate when you book seven days or more prior to your arrival. Terms and conditions apply.

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

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$50 Daily Resort Credit

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Family Fun Package

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Book Direct With Hilton

Best rates guaranteed when you book direct plus free Wi-Fi with Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

Suite deal + freebies at Kuta, Bali

Book the executive suite room for 3 nights at Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest, Kuta from IDR 3,045,000net. Minimum stay of 3 nights. Check website for more details.

Suite Sensation: luxury suite + freebies

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Love & London from £109 per night

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The Rubens: Book Early & Save up to 20%

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The Montague: 4 nights for the price of 3

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The Chesterfield Mayfair: 3 nights for the price of 2

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