How do you get the best rates?

Q. Pete

Does it pay to book direct with hotels rather than use an online booking website? Surely hotels should be able to offer better prices directly?

A. More often than not, specialist booking websites offer better rates than hotels direct. This is because most booking websites negotiate a bulk buy rate for rooms, or are used as a ‘clearance site’ for inventory which hotels can’t fill. The only time it pays to go direct to a hotel is if it’s offering a special rate, if you’re a frequent customer, or if your company has negotiated discount rates.

There are many websites which offer discount rates, but using one which trolls these sites for the best rates will save you even more money and time. is one such site.

Written by Debbie McTaggart