As someone who very frequently books hotel stays, I know that prices can fluctuate and vary. There are so many different hotel booking sites that claim to get the best rates, but it can be difficult to know which one is really the best for preferred hotels and dates. At Travel Media Showcase a few weeks ago, I learned about a hotel price comparison website that compares data from 205+ websites to show you where you can get the best deal. Since it’s nearly impossible to search that many sites on your own, it can really be a great way to save time and find the best hotel rates.
How to Find the Best Hotel Rates
Trivago searches over 200 hotel booking websites to find various rates. I did a sample search below for one of my favorite hotels, the Marco Beach Ocean Resort, over Christmas break (an expensive time to travel!).
By using Trivago, I learned that I can get a rate of $342 at Get a Room, a site I didn’t even realize existed!
You can also use Trivago to find hotels. Let’s assume, for instance, that you are considering a trip to Cape Cod over Labor Day. I can just input the destination and my preferred travel dates. I also have the choice of stars, ratings, price, hotel size, among other options. Trivago will then provide me with a list of hotels meeting my search criteria, as well as a few others that I may like. So you don’t necessarily need to have a hotel in mind before looking at Trivago.
Trivago is just a comparison site – they don’t actually take hotel bookings. After viewing the deal, you can click to be taken directly to the page where you can book your hotel. There’s no risk to using Trivago – if you don’t like any of the prices, you don’t have to book or commit. Each individual site does have their own booking policies however, and you may not be able to cancel once you commit.
There are some things to consider before you decide to book on a site you find through Trivago.
- When comparing, look at the different options available. Make sure that you are comparing the exact same room type.
- Remember that many hotels won’t give you hotel rewards points if you don’t book directly through them.
- Look at the fine print and understand the cancellation policy before booking.