I covered new hotel discount site Club1 Hotels when they first launched. They were offering free memberships for a year and many readers took advantage of it.
The website was a bit clunky, but there were plenty of deals. Because it’s a membership site they’re able to sell hotels for less than hotel websites and less than Expedia, Booking.com, and others.
(And you can’t price match using hotel best rate guarantees, either.)
I don’t write much about them otherwise because their standard membership is $29 a month. It’s hard to suggest joining just to search the site for deals. They even have an annual membership for $695, but that comes with several additional benefits like bonus miles and a $100 hotel booking credit.
I’m covering them again though because they’re offering a 30 day free trial membership which is worth checking out to see if the sorts of hotels you book are available for less. Sign up here, the link is customized to View from the Wing but as far as I’m aware I don’t get anything when you sign up.
Here are some sample comparison searches:
The best deals are on the priciest hotels. Sometimes they beat other sites by a little, other times by a lot. My view is that they’re one place you should look for savings, especially on more expensive properties.
Mommy Points points out one of the bigger frustrations with the site, “sometimes the website shows the same hotel multiple times under slightly different names and at different prices.” So always make sure to look out for that and book the less expensive version. (I assume they’re getting data from multiple sources, and not identifying that it’s the same hotel.)
It’s definitely worth checking them out during this 30 day free trial offer, that way you don’t have to commit any cash just to see the savings. And they ahve airfare discounts too.
Do you know if these are refundable rates or not?
This is the one where you got paid for each of us that signed up, and the booking experience was terrible, far beyond just “clunky”–right?
Clunky and crude web site.
As with any other product/service, one needs to be an educated consumer. Many people have access to their company hotel codes. Those codes give better discounts that earn points than Club1. The only situation that I have found that Club1 makes sense is independent or small chains that really don’t discount that much. For example, Banyan Tree or ShangriLa. Both on Gate1 had really good rates. But one doesn’t earn any points with these bookings at all. With that in mind, if the rate is so good to not earn any points, then booking with Gate1 might make sense.