Online travel booking is among the most competitive areas of e-commerce with websites constantly looking to edge out competitors in offering the better deal or rate, even if hotels may prefer that guests book directly instead of using a third party.
Traditional online hotel booking websites are now giving way to new alternative booking methods that may give sites like Expedia or Priceline a run for their money. Bidroom for example is a hotel booking site that claims to save its guests five percent on each of its bookings and charges hotels less commission so that more rooms can be made available on their website.
As opposed to the traditional means of booking, OnlyBidding allows guests to bid in auctions to obtain the best hotel rates while also catering to travel agents that may wish to bid on hotel rooms on behalf of their clients. UpsellGuru also allows hotels to allow guests to bid on room upgrades and book reservations for add-ons before their stay.
If you’re planning on doing any traveling in India FindMyStay has a database of more than 1,500 hotels across 40 cities in India. The site claims that its guests save at least 30 percent on bookings.
Have you come across any booking sites that you’ve come to rely on instead of the major power players?
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