- Which are the most popular hotel booking websites used today?
OTAs like Expedia, Hotels.com, Travelocity and Orbitz remain firm favorites, but there are many new sites that are budding up and providing competition for these big players. You should keep an eye out for new website like Tingo are making a dent in the online hotel booking monopoly.
- Which hotel booking websites offer the best deals?
It all depends on your search. If you are looking for a country specific hotel, then certain websites offer better hotel rates. Even the hotel star rating affects which site offers you the best deal. While Hotels.com seems to be the popular site right now, many other sites like Travelocity offer great deals as well. As of now, Hotels.com offers a free night stay if you booked a hotel ten times via their website. A free stay at a hotel seems like a pretty sweet deal if you ask me.
- Are there any tricks in finding a good price for a hotel booking via these websites?
There are no tricks as such; you just to make sure that you input all the data that will affect your stay. Preferences like free wifi, a complimentary breakfast, complimentary toiletries and more can affect the choice of your hotel room.
- I have never used any online hotel booking website before – Is it easy?
Yes, there’s no need to worry. There are many new users joining the online hotel booking world every day. It is quite simple. Just head to one of the websites mentioned in my articles or go to Hotels.com, Expedia, Travelocity, Tingo and judge for yourself which website you prefer to use. There is merit in sticking with one website as many of them have reward programs that will make it worth your while to stay with them and use their services for future bookings. Fill in the required information like date of stay, duration, location and other preferences you may have. Do a price check with the various options to see one that fits your criteria and you’re good to go. You can even read up some reviews of the hotel you are thinking of before booking. Once everything looks good to you – go ahead and book it online with your credit card.
- Which is better – paying with a debit card or a credit card? Debt scares me and I try not to use my credit card too often.
That’s a reasonable fear. Debt is a scary thing indeed. But this is one instance when using your credit card works in your favor. This is because hotels block a certain amount in addition to the rate for your stay when you check in. This is to cover any incidental costs that may occur – like if you use room service, use the contents of the mini bar and also to safeguard against any damage. If the room is left undamaged and no extra charges have been made to your room, the amount that is kept on hold will be released. However, when you use a debit card, the amount is withdrawn which means you have less spending power.