Travelers could save hundreds of pounds on their vacation simply by booking their accommodation on their smartphone instead of a computer.
Tourists who book a hotel or apartment through Booking.com can cut costs by doing so on their phones, either in the website app or in a browser tab.
In fact, those who opt for ‘mobile-only pricing’ could see savings of hundreds of pounds on hosting worldwide, even on a short break.
However, it is not Booking.com who chooses when and how these discounts are applied, but the individual accommodation providers.
Customers could save on their hotel stays on Booking.com by booking their trip on a mobile
A spokesperson for Booking.com said: ‘At Booking.com we know that our customers are increasingly moving to mobile devices and in particular to our app, and the majority of our room nights are booked using these methods.
“Our accommodation partners have full control of the rates they choose to publish and this includes when they decide to offer discounts or special offers, which may include promotions for users accessing Booking.com from a mobile device.”
The ‘mobile only pricing’ will only be visible on a smartphone and the rates will apply to all provider plans and rates.
It appears that Booking.com encourages its partners to offer such offers, and their website tells providers: ‘By activating a mobile rate on your property, you can take advantage of this valuable and growing segment of travelers.
“All you have to do is offer an exclusive discount of 10 percent or more for mobile device users. Once you have done this, a special badge will appear next to your property in search results and on your property page.
“This helps increase your visibility and can improve your conversion rate for users booking from mobile devices.”
Booking.com added that more than half of its bookings were made via mobile device, which could explain why hotels and apartments would be happy to offer such huge discounts on smartphones.
However, it is not the only booking site that offers mobile-only deals.
Expedia revealed that it is common for hotels to offer “mobile-only deals” or other special offers to Expedia consumers.
He explained that these offers can be useful for accommodation providers as they can help sell hotel rooms that are available at the last minute.
While not all booking sites don’t offer mobile-only discounts, they do have rewards schemes.
A spokesperson said: ‘As in many other industries, hotel prices are dynamic and can differ from search to search based on a number of factors including live changes in price and availability, rates and originated promotions. at the hotel, special offers or promotional offers’. , currency exchange rates and many other variables.
If the person who conducted the search was logged in or identified as a member on any of the platforms, they could also be seeing special member-only offers, which is common practice in online marketplaces.
‘This is a great way for hotels to manage their room inventory, especially if they have last-minute rooms to sell, for example.
As a result, these offers would likely appear higher in the hotel’s ranking order on a mobile device, as the hotel offers a more attractive offer for travelers booking via mobile devices. In this case, mobile devices include smartphones and tablets ”.
Hotels.com and Trivago had not responded to comments at time of publication.
I saved on my trip to New York by doing this
By Lee Boyce, Associate Editor
Last week my friend and I booked flights to New York next June, and then we went to look at Booking.com for the best hotel prices for the week.
New York, like London, is notoriously expensive for hotel rooms, but armed with our dates, we were sure we could find a good price for two rooms.
However, I was looking through my Macbook and cursing the high prices; They seemed to have skyrocketed the week before, even when I was logged in and at a ‘Genius’ discount.
This is a discount offered to returning customers. My friend urged me to clean my cookies, it made no difference.
We decided to search Booking, rather than going straight, due to their free cancellation policy. It also provides a good price indicator where, if you have the inclination, you can go and search directly for price haggling.
“Let me take a look,” said my friend, as he loaded the dates to Booking.com on his iPhone in a browser, not in his app.
“This looks cheap,” he said showing me the phone. It was cheap, almost half the price of the same hotel that had previously been spit on my Macbook.
Then we saw it. It was a “mobile only” price. I started looking on my phone, and logged in, and sure enough, many of the prices were cheaper.
In the end, we found a hotel at a “mobile only” price and booked that way. I had never noticed this quirk before.
What other rewards do booking sites offer?
Apart from the “mobile-only prices”, Booking.com It also has a loyalty program, called Genius.
There are two tiers, including Genius Level One, which gives all customers who sign up free lifetime access to Genius Level 1 discounts at participating properties, as well as a 10 percent discount on the price of their stay prior to taxes and fees apply.
Genius Level Two is for those who complete five stays in two years to unlock free lifetime access to travel rewards at participating properties with discounts of 10 to 15 percent.
Fortunately, for those who book a ‘mobile-only price’, the deals work in conjunction with Genius discounts, which give bookers frequent varied discounts on accommodation.
Booking.com said it is their hosting partners who choose how much the discount is.
Expedia it also offers more money for those who are Expedia members.
When customers sign up or log into their Expedia Rewards account, they can access instant savings of 10 percent or more at select hotels every time they see a yellow member price tag, in addition to the points they will earn on eligible reservations along the way.
The more points a member earns, the more free benefits they receive, such as free Wi-Fi and free spa credits.
It claims that its members save an average of £ 35 per booking with their points.
In the meantime, Hotels.com offers its members a free night stay for every ten nights they purchase through the site.
Savings can also be made with secret pricing on select properties. For more regular customers, they could be upgraded to a Silver or Gold member.
A customer will become a Silver member after booking 10 nights in a membership year before obtaining Gold status after booking 30 nights in a membership year.
Silver members should receive free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, airport transfers and spa vouchers where you will see the gift box icon at selected properties, as well as a price guarantee, where if you see a better price exactly the same One day, Hotels.com Combine it and we’ll refund the difference.
They should also be given a Hassle-Free Travel Guarantee, so if you have to change your travel plans, the company will minimize hotel charges and cancellation fees.
Hotels.com Rewards Gold members receive all of the above plus a complimentary room upgrade and early check-in and late check-out, subject to availability.
Trivago It does not offer specific discounts for customers, but it does have offers both on your desktop, on your mobile devices and in your applications.
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