Best Hotel Booking Website Comparison

 

Best Hotel Booking Website Comparison

Booking Hotels for Holidays

It is never easy to book a hotel for your holiday. There are many factors to consider and these usually include prices, locations, amenities, reviews from previous guests, etc. To make matters worse, just when you think you have selected the ideal hotel for your trip, you'll be faced with the chore of finding the cheapest price for the chosen hotel across the various booking websites.

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How to Book your Chosen Hotel at the Cheapest Price

1) Use third party websites like Trivago to compare prices for hotels across various booking websites. In additional to comparing prices, one can also compare by locations, type of rooms, amenities, etc.

2) Utilise discount codes (such as Expedia Discount Codes and Hotels.com Discount Codes) to lower the final price by as much as 20%. Agoda and Booking.com do not have a discount code system in place but are users are able to get direct discounts or cashback sometimes for booking their hotels if booked using specfic credit cards (See Agoda Discounts and Booking.com Discounts)

3) Take into consideration of the various loyalty program benefits that you might have with the various hotel booking websites. Your existing rebates from prior bookings can be used to help lower the final price for your hotel booking. A short summary of the loyalty program benefits for the more popular hotels booking websites can be seen in the table below.

4) Consider booking from the hotel itself even if you are able to find lower prices at any of the third party hotel booking websites. Most higher end hotel chains like Marriott or Hilton offer a price match guarantee if you are able to find a lower price for the dates you intend to stay with them. They also have their own loyalty program which reward members with benefits such as late-checkout, early check in and points for future redemption stays.

 

Hotel Websites Loyalty Benefits Comparison Table

Hotel Booking Website Loyalty Program Perks

Agoda

Hotel bookings by members will earn a AgodaCash. Members who book the most frequently with Agoda will earn AgodaCash on every booking. AgodaCash values will vary depending on your booking and will be issued about 7 days after you check out.

New members or users who have not made any bookings before or members who are utilising a Agoda credit card discount will not earn any AgodaCash but will have a discount applied in the form of a coupon that is around 4% to 7% of the whole booking amount.

The highest amount of earn rate in AgodaCash for hotel bookings by members is unknown but Members who have booked with Agoda before are known to be able to earn up to 10% of the whole booking amount.

Note: Value in AgodaCash are valid for 24 months

Members can also earn air miles or link points under the PointsMAX programme if they link their airlines or Plus! loyalty programme to their Agoda account.

Sg.Hotels.com

Hotels.com

Redeem 1 free night stay after collecting 10 Welcome Rewards nights stay

Note: Welcome Rewards nights stay are valid for 12 months and will not expire as long as there is a qualifying booking in same period.

Expedia.com.sg

+Gold (For members who have spent S$10,000 on bookings or staying 15 hotel room nights)
- 26 Reward Points for every S$15 spend (equivalent to 1.24% rebate) to offset next booking
+Silver (For members who have spent $5,000 on bookings or staying 5 hotel room nights)
- 22 Reward Points for every S$15 spend (equivalent to 1.05% rebate) to offset next booking
+Blue (All other members)
- 20 Reward Points for every S$15 spend (equivalent to 0.95% rebate) to offset next booking

Note: Minimum of 3,500 Reward Points are required for redemption. Points are valid for 18 months and will not expire as long as there is a qualifying purchase or redemption in same period.

Booking.com

No known loyalty programs.

 

Best Hotel Booking Website Comparison

While we are pretty sure each booking website has their own inventory of hotels that are cheaper than the others, Booking.com seemed to be able to offer slightly lower prices than the other websites. However, it does not have any loyalty programs nor does it offer any discount codes. It does have tie-ups with several banks to offer cash back for bookings and those interested can see Booking.com Discounts.

Expedia.com.sg might not offer the lowest hotel prices but are able to offer cheaper prices for travel packages including airfares. We also noticed that through using Expedia Discount Codes, we can book the same hotel at a lower rate due to member discounts or /and if you have booked a flight to the same destination.

Agoda seemed to have the best loyalty program with the highest rebate. The amount earned in Agoda AgodaCash can be redeemed for the next booking as long as the current booking has been consumed. Their loyalty program or coupon discount is also compatible with various promotions like Agoda credit card discounts or the Agoda's PointsMAX programme unlike Hotels.com. However, their discounted prices may or may not be lower than other travel websites and users should compare the prices on each travel website to make sure they get the best lobang for their money.

 

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Some credit card discounts not compatible with Agoda gift cards. Might be better to get direct discount instead of accumulating gift cards which come with an expiry date.

 

 

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