Whether you’re booking a romantic getaway, vacation with friends, or solo journey, you want to find the best hotel rates so you can get the most out of your trip. While many travel booking websites boast cheap rates, you may actually be better off making a reservation through the hotel directly. Here’s what you need to know about making hotel reservations for your next vacation.
3 Reasons You Should Book Directly Through a Hotel
1. Cut Commission Costs
When you book through a travel agency or third-party online booking site, there are often surcharges and commission fees involved that impact both you and the hotel. By booking directly, you cut out the middle man and may have the opportunity to receive special discounts.
2. Family Atmosphere
Booking through a third-party site can feel impersonal, and you don’t get the same customer service as you would by reserving directly. Many independently-operated hotels want guests to feel like they’re part of the family and work diligently to make your stay a unique experience you won’t get anywhere else.
3. Greater Flexibility
Online reservation sites usually have very strict cancellation policies that prevent you from having flexibility when booking your stay. When you book directly, the rules are likely laxer, and you can usually cancel up to 72 hours before your reservation. (with special exemptions) In addition, booking through a third-party site leaves room for error. If a refund doesn’t go through, for example, it’s a three-step process — from the hotel, to the third party site, to you — to get it resolved.
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