THE SITES I USE TO BOOK ACCOMMODATION
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Ready to travel? These are my favorite accommodation booking sites.
I have long used Orbitz and Expedia to book hotels, hostels, airfare, and transportation. They are actually the same company but the rewards programs they offer are different. Orbitz rewards is broken into three levels; gold, silver, and platinum.
After booking four or more room nights, you become a gold member, and more than 12 gets you platinum status. You can also earn Orbucks. One Orbuck equals $1 and the amount of bucks awarded depends on how much you spend on reservations.
Specifically, reward members earn 5% on any eligible hotel booking on an app, 3% on hotels booked on a desktop, and 1% on a flight or vacation packages. My favorite travel booking site.
Expedia began as a division of Microsoft. It’s the largest travel company in the world and one of my go-tos for booking accommodation. Expedia also owns Hotwire, Travelocity, Orbitz, and Hotels.com. It’s rewards program differs slightly from Orbitz. The rewards program is free to join and has three levels; blue, silver, and gold. Each level gives you two points for every $1 spent on hotels, cruises, vacation packages, and other activities. Points also double when using the Expedia app. Outside of Orbitz, it’s my favorite booking engine.
Hotels.com is an extremely popular platform which offers the ability to get a free room for every 10 booked. It has 85 sites in 34 languages and provides 325,000 properties.
Many times Hotel Tonight offers worthwhile discounts. In some cases though, they are higher than the competition. The major drawback to Hotel Tonight is that all bookings are prepaid and non-refundable.
The Skiplagged website was created by an entrepreneuer to take advantage of point-beyond ticketing or “skiplagging.” The discounted flights caused Skiplagged to be sued by United Airlines. Less well known is that the site also routinely offers great deals on hotels; the negative is that the rewards program is pitiful. Still worth a look when booking accommodation.
You may notice I DO NOT recommend Airbnb on my blog. From the standpoint of a full time, professional traveler, I find them to be overrated, extremely lacking in customer service, and they have become a rip off with their scam fees. From personal experience, I have encountered several major problems with them and think they fail to support their customers and product. I will blog in detail down the road and you can decide for yourself.