For all our trips, we always book the hotel in advance. No surprise. This way we know exactly where we will spend the night. On holiday, we are more in a relaxing mode and we don’t want to waste time looking for an establishment that could accommodate us or even stress when the day is already well advanced (not to mention the “prized” weekends when almost all the hotels are “full” weeks in advance)…
To know when is the best time to book, trust your instincts. If you are going to New York in May it seems obvious that you will need to book as soon as possible. Whereas if you go to Buffalo in January (we have nothing against that city or that month, eh), the city’s hotel offer will certainly not be saturated! If you are already on site (in Buffalo or New York of your choice) and you want to book a hotel for the same evening, you can use specific applications (which we have never had the opportunity to test) like Findhotel
So whatever the time of year you are looking for a hotel, here is our method of booking a room at the best possible rate.
1. Search for an available hotel
You have chosen the destination and dates of your next stay. Next objective: find a hotel. You can search for hosting on sites such as Findhotel.
For us, 4 criteria are part of our choice: location (near the city centre), price range (depending on the standing of the hotel), services (breakfast, parking, wifi, swimming pool, etc.) and notes and comments from previous travellers.
For this last point concerning the notes and comments, we warn you against certain practices – unfortunate – which consist in adding false opinions by negatively rating your neighbour and abusing good marks on your own page… Remember to look at the comments as a whole and check, for example, the veracity of the traveller who left an opinion too clear cut (positive or negative) by comparing the number of comments left on the site by yourself.
2. Compare prices
Once we have found the right hotel, let’s move on to price comparison. Because yes, a room is not sold at the same rate depending on the website where you book it.
It is therefore a question of finding the best available offer. Trip Advisor or Trivago offer you directly the comparison of several rates for the desired hotel. Click on the price that suits you. Most of the time, you will be redirected to Booking or Hôtels.com, the two “giants” of the Internet hotel market.
3. Recovering cashback with Igraal
Before finalizing the payment, do not forget to go through Igraal in order to receive a commission on the price of your room. We explain to you: the partner sites registered on this platform pay a commission when Internet users arrive via Igraal and buy on their site. Igraal then gives part of this commission to the Internet users (= cashback). Yes, it is therefore possible to earn money while shopping on the Internet! Whoo! Whoo!
In short, for your hotel reservation, the cashback can go up to 10% depending on the site. For a room at $100 a night, you can get up to $10 of cashback! A significant tip to lower your travel budget.
To register for Igraal, you can directly click on the banner below (you will become our godchild and, to thank you, $3 will be credited to your account):
If necessary, do not hesitate to ask us any questions you may have about how Igraal works in commentary on this article!
4. Is it more advantageous to book online?
Final check before finalizing your reservation: is the price finally more advantageous if you book directly with the hotel owner?
With the price at the top of the list of the desired hotel (the indicated rate minus the cashback paid by Igraal), go to the hotel’s website (or call him) to compare and favour this booking method if it is more advantageous. Live booking platforms now also exist. For example, with Fairbooking (not tested by us), by joining the site for free, you can enjoy privileges such as free breakfast, a discount of up to 10% or a superior room upgrade.
The summary of this article can thus be done in one word: compare! Of course, you will spend some time there but comparing the prices displayed, through these different tips, will allow you to pay your hotel at the best price.
We hope that you will be able to book your hotel nights at the best price!