Booking accommodation for a trip is a make or brake for me and I’m sure it is the same for most people. Getting the best price can change the price of the full trip by a lot, so In this blog post I am going to explain the method that I use when I book hotels/ hostels for my trips.
I have mentioned before on my site about how I love booking.com (which I do, but I Regularly use other sites as well), however there are some other great websites that offer great prices and compare prices all over the internet.
Firstly, when I look into booking accommodation for my trips, I do a bit of research as to where I should stay. For example in Dubai, I researched where the different areas are, how the prices differ and what transport is accessible from each area. With the Dubai example I chose to look at hotels in the ‘internet city’ area, which was a business district; this meant that is was reasonably cheap, quiet, close to transport and there would be plenty of convenience stores around. When I stayed In Bangkok, I did the same method of research looking at the different areas that I could stay, I chose a place just outside the city, but right underneath the ‘skyline’ (public transport system). Prices in Bangkok were mostly pretty cheap, but I chose a great area for a ridiculously low price.
The next stage in my booking process, would then to be looking at the general price range of the hotels. For this I will use a number of different websites, Booking.com, Airbnb.com, Trivago, Expedia, Kayak and sometimes even laterooms.com or lastminute.com. I have accounts on a few of these sites, I have a 10% discount on booking.com, however Trivago is a comparison website which covers most hotel websites and compares prices from booking.com and others.
I will tend to book multiple hotels for the same dates at a few different prices and at different ratings, or just personal preference. I will only book at first, the hotels that are ‘free cancellation’ or ‘no card required, free cancellation’, as I will constantly look at the updated prices (sometimes for the same hotel) which usually drop by a considerable amount. Nearer the time of my trip, I will consider paying upfront for a cheaper deal on the ‘non- refundable’ options.