A) Online Travel Website (such as Expedia or Travelocity)
B) Travel Agent
C) Call The Hotel Directly
D) Hotel Website
I assume that most people would choose the online travel websites, but that may be a bad (and costly) assumption. A Canadian newstation (see video below) did a test of 20 hotels in Canada and found that 13 out of 20 of them gave the best price when you called the hotel directly – with one hotel, the savings was over $200 a night.
Part of the problem is that room rates are constantly fluctuating depending on demand and they can change 3 to 4 times a day. So what does this mean for the average Joe? That it’s probably worth your time when you find a hotel where you want to stay to call them directly before locking in the online price.