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Competition in the hotel booking space is really heating up, and that’s a good thing. Hotel chains want you to think that booking directly through them gives you the lowest price, but that’s often not true.
- Hotels want to earn the most money they can which sometimes means giving discounts to some guests that they hope aren’t available to other guests willing to pay more.
- So you may find lower rates through brick and morter travel agencies focused on specific ethnic markets, or through online travel sites geared outside a hotel’s home country.
There are restrictions in place to try to prevent those rates from ‘leaking’ availability to the general public. However many sites do access wholesale rates, and are in control of how much commission they take versus lower prices to the customer.
One method of offering these is through a membership site like Club1 Hotels that hotel chains aren’t going to be willing to match their own rates against via a Best Rate Guarantee.
Club1 has long offered readers of this blog free memberships. They don’t always beat direct prices, but frequently they do. It’s worth signing up while the free membership offer runs and keeping it in your arsenal to check pricing. I have a reader that’s saved a ton (thousands) on Hyatt all-inclusives.
A couple of examples vs Expedia for a one night stay in May:
- Intercontinental Park Lane $366 on Club1 vs $537 Expedia
- Upper House Hong Kong $673 vs $815 Expedia
They’ve also got a $300 savings on a night at the Trump International, which will either really appeal to you or repulse you depending.
Of course booking through third parties may not earn points, receive elite credit, or program benefits – so the savings needs to justify that loss. Since Club1 really wants you to see that they’ll deliver you savings big enough to justify that, they reached out to offer readers 10% off any hotel, car or activity booked through their site.
- Valid for bookings made by December 21
- Use promo code VFTW1219
They believe they’ll beat any other price, and they guarantee that. And that’s true even before the extra 10% off they’ll give you.
Guaranteed Savings on Every Reservation
We guarantee our members the best rates every time! While we work hard to ensure we provide the best rates, there will be instances when better hotel or cruise rates are offered elsewhere.
If you do find a better rate for the same hotel, room type and rate type (refundable or non-refundable), we want to beat that rate by:
$10 per night guaranteed savings at 3-star hotels up to $20
$15 per night guaranteed savings at 4-star hotels up to $45
$20 per night guaranteed savings at 5-star hotels up to $60 or up to $100 on reservations $900 or more
If you find a better rate for the same cruise cabin, we will beat that rate by up to 5%!
Their Senior Vice President of Distribution tells me they’ve “added over 272,000 new hotel wholesale contracts over the past 3 weeks” and they guarantee savings on pretty much every booking.
Access to wholesale rates, a best rate guarantee, and 10% off of that makes it worth poking around this week for potential big hotel savings.