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Competition in the hotel booking space is really heating up, and that’s a good thing. Despite hotel chain claims about having the best rates, hotels intentionally offer lower prices through wholesale channels – and some booking sites will find ways to sell them to you.
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. Club1 has long offered readers of this blog free memberships. They don’t always beat direct prices, but frequently they do. And they offer a best rate guarantee.
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.
Over the weekend I shared 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
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
So this is really your last chance to take 10% off on top of the savings you find on their site. And it costs you nothing to poke around.
Here’s their best rate guarantee that you’ll find the best price even before the 10%:
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%!
They tell 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 looking at before the offer expires in a couple of days.