Best Price Guarantee? Really?
Almost all websites claim to have the best price.. How is that possible? Is the best price on Booking.com necessarily better than the best price on Agoda? Or Expedia? Or Hotels.com?
There is really no way to compare. This is due to a couple of factors. First, to compare the rate, your stay would have to be on the exact same dates, in the exact same room, with the exact same amenities. You would have to book the room at the exact same time on the exact same date. Cancellation policies, arrival and check-in times all have to be taken into account.. and still, the prices will be different.
It’s simple..websites get different rates depending on how many visitors they drive and how many bookings get made.
Still, there are ways to get good pricing on hotel stays.. My preferred website is Booking.com.. I always start there and check my prices. Then off to Hotels.com and Agoda.. Next, I will check Expedia, Kayak, and Orbitz.
I use those sites to pick 3 possibilities…and finally, I will go to the hotel’s website and check again.Sometimes, you will find that a hotel will offer a special deal not found on one of the travel sites..
A little patience and a little research will go a long way to helping you find the best price for your stay..
I have added a few links to get you started…If you need help planning or want me to do a little research for you.. send me a message.. I will be happy to help
Now ..get out and explore!
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Great post, I am always skeptical when search sites promise me best price. And the way I do it is to actually check the site of the hotel/hostel/airline even, to see if I could get a discount or a better price and usually there is.
I check several sites…then check hotel site.. sometimes the actual hotel has the best price, sometimes one of the search sites.. never know until you try 🙂 Thanks for the comment..
Trying to sift through all of those websites is definitely an art and an annoyance.
yes it is… fun and aggravating at the same time
I’ve always wondered about those statements, too! I skim around too and usually land on whoever gives me the most flexibility.