Which hotel discount site has the lowest rates: study

Considering an end-of-summer vacay? You can scan hotel discount sites for the best rates on a quick vacation, but new research is done by travel sites InsureMyTrip shows you can get more bang for your buck in some versus others.

Using data from 1,000 hotels across 20 cities, InsureMyTrip compared the rates of three major booking sites to see who offers the cheapest deals on average – in addition to how much and how often. The study also compared discount booking sites and booking fees with direct hotels.

This is the ranking most dear you at least expensive, per study:

4. Booking.com – average price (for a double room for 2 people): $250.14. Booking.com has the cheapest rates about 7% of the time.

3. Booking directly with the hotel – average price: $222.87. Using our hotel website is cheaper than the other three sites about 39% of the time. direct booking is also about $6 more expensive than the above 2 discount sites.

2. Expedia – average price: $217.28. Expedia offers potential savings of around $32.87 and is the cheapest option around 579 times (or 58%), according to InsureMyTrip.

1. Hotels.com – average price: $217.01. The difference between Hotels.com and Expedia is marginal, although Hotels.com has the cheaper rate about 69% of the time.

It is important to note that both Expedia and Hotels.com are owned by the same parent company, Expedia Group, and thus, have the same or similar average prices in many instances.

Booking.com representatives did not immediately respond to Nexstar, however, Booking.com’s Managing Director of Asia Pacific Laura Houldsworth told CNBC the company aims to be transparent with customers and that “our property partners are free to set their own prices on Booking.com.”

Additionally, Houldsworth said Booking.com is honoring “its promise to price match, [which] also means that if the customer should find a lower price on another website, Booking.com will refund the difference.

It depends on the city you are going to

InsureMyTrip’s analysis found customers can expect specific savings depending on which city they visit and which site they use.

  • Direct booking – Direct reservations are the best option if you live in Washington, DC, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
  • Expedia – Most affordable cities include Boston, Orlando, Chicago and Honolulu.
  • Hotels.com – Most affordable cities include New York, Miami and Las Vegas.

Internationally, Expedia and Hotels.com share the distinction for the city’s best deals.

“From the 20 cities analyzed, we found seven similar prices on Hotels.com and Expedia. This shows that both sites can be used for good searches, especially when traveling to cities around the world,” the study concluded.

Meanwhile, staying in Istanbul, Turkey is cheapest if you book directly with the hotel.

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