Hotels make up the biggest portion of spending on any holiday vacation budget. But if we spend too little we might end up with a dumpy hotel. And finding out that you spent too much for a hotel afterward can make you feel like you’ve been put in the dumps. The key to finding a decent quality budget hotel or a luxury resort with a reasonably priced suite is to use the services of Internet-based hotel reservation agencies.
Most people book their rooms directly with the hotels they choose. While you may find attractive rooms rates that way, most seasoned and savvy travelers use hotel agencies for finding even better rates. Hotel reservation agencies are in the business of providing and connecting travelers with hotels through the offering of discounted hotel rates, that are not offered directly by hotels. These agencies have a much wider presence on the Internet than the hotels they represent and are thus more able to pass on those savings to consumers.
There are many reputable Internet travel agencies available today. Some are better than others. And we’ve all come across at least one of their commercials while watching our favorite television shows. Internet travel agencies are great and do serve their purpose. But if you want the best hotel deals you should use a company that deals specifically with finding you hotel rooms only, not plane tickets, car rentals and so on.
These companies are simply enough called hotel reservation agencies. HotelsClub.com, CheapOstay.com and Hotels.com are just a few names of the most reputable companies connecting travelers with discounted room rates. Though those agencies are really good, there’s an even better way to find better hotel deals.
To truly find the best rates, consider using region specific hotel reservation agencies. A major agency such as Hotels.com for example represents hotels from all over the world. However since they are not region specific they have no special knowledge about any regional hotel market.
Let’s say you want to find the a budget priced hotel room in Bangkok. You should take a look at Agoda.com. They have an office in Bangkok and can generally get you better hotel rates throughout Asia. Agencies with local offices or even within a region are better equipped to offer the best rates, since they specialize in that geographic location. They are the first to be notified of special hotel rates first since there are no lag time communicating with agencies outside of Asia.
For hotels in the United States try Priceline.com. You guessed right, Priceline.com is based in the USA, so of course they are better suited in locating rooms with the rates you can afford.
Finding a local hotel reservation agency in the country you are visiting is the key to finding the best rates for guesthouses, hostels, island villas and of course hotel rooms for wherever you are planning to travel to.