We've all got our go to brands when it comes to buying clothes and cars, however, when it comes to booking our travel accommodation we tend to be more flexible with who we book with and this is because there are so many options and offers for us to choose from.
Some travellers don't mind what kind of stay they have - as long as they get the best deal. Luckily for them there are a variety of companies that offer comparisons of the latest and greatest deals that suit their criteria - if they have one.
SkyScanner - Founded in 2001 and owned by Ctrip, SkyScanner has enjoyed great coverage from the UK press for its fantastic savings and deals.
Kayak - Starting back in 2004, Kayak originated from Delaware and it was in the US that the travel site first took off. The site has since won a variety of awards in the travel sector - including the World's Leading Flight Comparison Website award in 2013.
HotelsCombined - An Australian company founded back in 2005, HotelsCombined operates in over 42 different languages. The company was declared one of the top 10 travel websites by guidebook author Arthur Frommer in 2010 and was named as the "World's Leading Hotel Price Comparison Site" for the second year in a row in 2014.
TravelSupermarket - Part of MoneySupermarket, TravelSupermarket was launched in 2005 and has recently, in 2015, ventured into the mobile-app industry with a re-brand focused on the mobile technology market. They’re one of a number of successful UK travel booking sites.
Trivago - Like TravelSupermarket, Trivago was also launched in 2005. Trivago's hotel search engine was the first of its kind in Germany and has websites in 50+ countries. More recently it was acquired by Expedia.
Online Travel Agents
Expedia - A company that doesn't need much of an introduction, Expedia are known for their offerings of great deals and services to travellers. Starting off in 1996 as a division of Microsoft, the company has won numerous awards within the travel sector since.
Hotels.com - Older than most, Hotels.com was founded in 1991. The company has 85 websites in 34 languages, and lists over 325,000 hotels in approximately 19,000 locations. It’s one of the many travel brands owned by Expedia.
Agoda - Agoda was originally established in Thailand, in 2007. In 2011, the company launched its mobile app on Android and iOS operating systems and in 2016 the company setup a loyalty programme.
Priceline - Priceline.com is a company based in America and helps users find discount rates for travel, helping them save on travel tickets and hotel stays. Priceline was originally known as Name Your Own Price where travelers would name their price for airline tickets, hotel rooms, car rentals and vacation packages.
Booking.com - Since 2005, Booking.com has been owned by Priceline.com and in 2013 the site accounted for more than two thirds of the revenue of The Priceline Group. In Europe it's the brand which is most commonly associated with hotel bookings. They were the first to master amazing hotel photography and also aggressive sales strategies on their website.
Many people when booking have their dream holiday in mind and will do anything to make sure everything goes to plan. There are many specialist websites, such as Mr and Mrs Smith, i-escape and Doris and Dicky that allow you to find the top hotels for your desired vacation. There are also those who travel for business and require a high-quality stay to help them focus on their work-related stay.
If only we could spend everyday travelling - wouldn't it be the dream? However, for a variety of reasons most people don't have this luxury. The closest we have is when we decide to just book a flight somewhere in a spur of the moment decision. There are a variety of ways this usually works out, sometimes you find that your dream last minute trip is too expensive to even consider, or you find yourself lucky - and you find flights and a hotel within budget and available in the short amount of time you have left yourself. Luckily there are a number of websites that can help your spontaneous bookings.
LastMinute.com - Beginning just over 18 years ago in 1998, LastMinute.com has changed hands a number of times in its lifetime. Known for its great late deals and for massive bargains the site is currently owned by Bravofly Rambo.
LateRooms - Starting in 1999 in Manchester, England, LateRooms has over 150,000 hotels on its database and as of 2015 is owned by Cox & Kings.
HotelTonight - A late starter (compared to the other companies in this blog article) in 2010 HotelTonight is an app that allows travellers to find discounted hotel accommodations up to seven days in advance throughout the Americas, Europe and Australia.
Hotel Switching appeals to all travellers
Hotel switching, split stay to Americans, is where travellers stay in two hotels for a lower price than one. Due to hotels having a variety of prices for hotel rooms, depending on what night of the week it is.
Hotel switching allows you to save money and also unlocks plenty more accommodation options. Not many hotel sites are able to offer two perks as great as that and as well as those perks, switching is also perfect if you have a dream hotel in mind. Normally if you were to search for 14 nights at that hotel if there was only one night unavailable then it would appear that the room is booked - with hotel switching if there is one night where the room is unavailable you can have part of your stay in your dream hotel and then move when it becomes unavailable.
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