- Customers visiting the Booking.com mobile website can save money
- Housing providers have given special discounts on mobile and app
- While other sites do not offer these, some do have member rewards plans.
Travelers can save hundreds of pounds during their holidays by booking their accommodation on their smartphone instead of on their computer.
Holidaymakers who book hotels or apartments through Booking.com can cut costs by doing so in the website’s app or browser tab on their phones.
In fact, those who opt for ‘mobile-only prices’ can see savings of hundreds of pounds on worldwide accommodation, even on a short break.
However, it is not Booking.com that chooses when and how these discounts apply, but the individual accommodation provider.
Customers can save on their hotel stay on Booking.com by booking their trip on mobile
A Booking.com spokesperson said: ‘At Booking.com we know our customers are increasingly moving to mobile and especially our app, with most of our rooms booked using these methods.
‘Our accommodation partners have full control over the rates they choose to list and this includes when they decide to offer discounts or special deals, including for users accessing Booking.com from a mobile device Promotions may be included.’
‘Mobile-only prices’ will appear on a smartphone only, with rates applicable across all provider rates and plans.
It appears that Booking.com encourages its partners to offer deals like this, with its website telling providers: ‘By activating the mobile rate on your property, you are tapping into this valuable and expanding traveler segment. can.
‘All you have to do is offer a special discount of 10 percent or more for mobile users. Once you do, a special badge will appear next to your property in search results and on your property page.
‘It helps increase your visibility, and can improve your conversion rate for mobile bookers.’
Booking.com said more than half of its reservations were made through a mobile device, which may explain why hotels and apartments would be happy to offer such great discounts on smartphones.
However, it is not the only booking site to offer mobile deals.
Expedia revealed that it is common for hotels to offer ‘mobile exclusive deals’ or other special offers to Expedia customers.
It explained that these deals can be useful to accommodation providers as it can help sell hotel rooms available at the last minute.
While not all booking sites offer discounts on mobile only, they do have reward schemes.
A spokesperson said: ‘Like many other industries, hotel prices are dynamic and vary from search to search based on a number of factors including live changes in price and availability, hotel-original rates and promotions, special deals or promotional offers. may differ. , currency exchange rates and many other variables.
‘If the person doing the search was logged in or identified as a member on another platform, they could also see exclusive members-only deals, which is common in online marketplaces.
‘It’s 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 deals will likely result in higher hotel sort orders on mobile devices as the hotel is providing a more attractive offer for travelers booking via mobile. Mobile devices in this example include smartphones and tablets.
Hotels.com and Trivago had not responded to comment by the time of publication.
I saved my NYC trip by doing this
By Lee Boyce, Deputy Editor
Last week, my friend and I booked flights to New York the following June – and then went hunting Booking.com for the best hotel prices for the week.
NYC – like London – is notorious for hotel rooms, but equipped with our dates, we were confident we could get a good price for two rooms.
However, I was searching on my macbook and cursing the high prices – they seem to have shot a week ago, even with me logged in and the ‘genius’ discount .
This is a discount it gives to returning customers. My friend urged me to clear my cookies – it didn’t make any difference.
We decided to search on bookings and not go direct, due to its free cancellation policy. It also gives a good gauge of prices in which, if you have the inclination, you can directly go and search for price bargains.
My friend said ‘let me see’ as she loaded the dates on Booking.com on a browser, not on her app on her iPhone.
‘It looks cheap,’ he said, showing me the phone. It was cheap – about half the price of the same hotel that was previously spit on me on my MacBook.
Then we saw it. This was the ‘mobile-only’ price. I started looking at my phone – and logging in – and sure enough, many of the prices were cheap.
In the end, we found a hotel at a ‘mobile-only’ price and booked that way. I had never seen this weirdness before.
What other rewards do booking sites offer?
In addition to ‘mobile-only prices’, booking.com There is also a loyalty program called Genius.
There are two tiers, including Genius Level One, which gives all customers who sign-up a Genius Level 1 discount at participating properties as well as 10 percent off the price of their stay before taxes and fees apply.
Genius Level Two is for those who complete five stays in two years to receive free lifetime access to travel rewards at participating properties with a 10 to 15 percent discount.
Fortunately, for those who book a ‘mobile-only price’, the offers work in conjunction with the Genius Discount, which often gives individual discounts on accommodations to those who book.
Booking.com said it is its accommodation partners who choose how much the discount is
Expedia Offers more money too…