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When to book your accommodation with Hotels.com

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Hotels.com is one of the best known hotel booking websites (alongside Booking.com, Orbitz, Travelocity).

However, Hotels.com does not always provide the best prices that can be found for all your travel dates.

For example, we do not use it very often, but only every once in a while (on average we only use it for about 1 in every 10 of our bookings).

Based on our past experience, we're listing below the circumstances when we think Hotels.com might be a good option for your hotel reservations:

Small towns

Hotels.com has one of the largest hotel inventories among the online travel agencies.

This means that when travelling to small or remote locations, you have a better chance of finding a good accommodation option through Hotels.com.

Promotional / discount codes

When prices offered by all bookings websites are the same, Hotels.com often offers a 10% promo code.

However, these promo codes do not work at large international chains such as Hilton, Holiday Inn, Marriott, etc.

Get 1 free night with every 10 nights spent

If you travel rather often, then you might consider the Welcome Rewards promotion. This means that for every 10 nights spent at qualifying hotels, you will get a free night from Hotels.com.

The value of the free night is the average of the price paid for the 10 nights spent. You must create an free account to accumulate the night spent.

In practice, this will mean that 10% of the value of each hotel room will be returned to you through the form of an 11th free night.

Of course, this is worth when you cannot find the same hotel elsewhere for at least 10% cheaper.

Pay at the hotel option

There aren't that many websites that offer the flexibility of a refundable rate that can be paid directly at the hotel.

If flexibility is important and you do not want to pay in advance, then Hotels.com also offers rates that are refundable and are to be paid upon check-out directly at the hotel.


Let us know if there were any other types of occasions when you booked with Hotels.com.

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