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What Booking Sites Do You Use?

April 12, 2012 at 9:43 AM | by | ()

There's been a lot of buzz lately about new kinds of hotel booking sites that claim to give you the most possible control over your reservation, whether that means a last-minute booking or simply a lower price. Fledgling hubs like Tingo and BackBid supposedly help guests get the better deal, but they also create a lot of uncertainty around the booking process. On these newer sites, even after an initial hotel room has been booked, things remain up in the air until guests feel they can't do any better.

So, where do you fall in this spectrum?

Are you more of an old-school, pick-up-the-phone-and-call kind of booker? Or do you try to luck out with a blind booking on Hotwire? Or maybe you like to toy with fate and book your hotel on HotelTonight a few hours before check-in?

Either way, there are tons of choices these days on ways to book a hotel, and we're asking you: what are your tricks, habits and techniques for getting the best possible deal?

Hint: there's no wrong answer here. We're just hoping to learn a few things about the different ways people interact with some of these newer booking sites versus tried-and-true methods like using the hotel's website direct or simply calling the reservations center.

Back during our stay at a hot, new boutique hotel in Manhattan this summer, we were getting scared off by the steep prices we were finding online (some upwards of $375). Then, on a whim, we called up the reservations center and scored a way better deal ($265!) on an even bigger room than we'd originally hoped for.

But enough from us, we want to hear from you! Share your thoughts below!

Archived Comments:


In the Netherlands we see Booking.com as the most used OTA (based on review statistics from <a href="http://www.olery.com">http://www.olery.com</a>).

It's a Dutch company although I think not a lot of Dutch people don't know this.


I still love Quikbook. Good hotel selection of places you would actually stay at, not a glut of big chains near the airport (altho they have some of those too but sparingly.) I used to love Priceline for its Name Your Own Price but have not had luck with that for a while. But when I need to stay within a budget, I always hit up Hotwire and use BetterBidding.com to help with guessing which hotel it would be. I especially find great deals in Las Vegas that make the blind-booking process so worth it. Basically, you can't ever go wrong with a 4 or 5 star on Hotwire.

Deneen from Facebook writes...

"Deltavacations.com but I always look at HotelChatter before making a choice on which property I plan to visit. I'm a hotel snob!"