When booking a trip, it is easy to get analysis paralysis over the wealth of booking sites out there, especially if you’re traveling on a budget. While each site has its perks, the three below seem to be the most well-rounded and impressive in their offerings.
First of all, Bookings.com specializes in finding all different types of accommodations: hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, hostels, vacation homes, etc., so you’re likely to find exactly what you’re looking for. There is also a “theme” search function, through which you can find lodging for business or family travel, for example. While perusing options, you can expand listings for more information or book immediately for an expedited experience. Bookings.com also has a very user-friendly mobile app, and lists daily hotel deals that are ideal for last-minute bookings. Bookings.com also typically has the highest satisfaction ratings from customers, which when taken with its versatility, puts this site at the top of our list.
Hotels.com bears a name reflective of its greatest asset: its ability to sort and find the best hotel deals out there. Hotels.com boasts its ability to save you up to 50% off on your hotel bookings, and it delivers. It also is king when it comes to rewards programs. The Welcome Rewards Program earns you a free night in a participating hotel with every ten stays, which is perfect for frequent travelers. Hotels.com also runs last-minute deals on hotels around the country, catering to the spontaneous traveler, and has an excellent mobile app. Finally, Hotels.com has first-rate customer service, complete with representatives that can help you book accommodations for single travelers or large groups to your exact specifications.
Hotwire provides the opportunity to customers to book excellent accommodations at impressive rates, but the catch is that you won’t know your booking until after your purchase is complete. You can set strict parameters for what you are looking for, however, which ensures that while your booking is left somewhat up to chance, that you’ll be happy with it. The key to Hotwire’s success is in the anonymity of the booking agent, for which Hotwire serves as a mediator, but this technique has allowed for many, many satisfied customers to travel on a budget.