After my first time when I traveled on my own, I learned a lot of useful tips and tricks on how you can save some money in bookings.
The most popular booking system in the World is booking.com, and I’m going to tell you about everything details 🙂
There are several simple tricks, how you can book accommodations cheaper. Here are TOP 5 tips how to save on accommodations with booking.com!
Booking earlier or later
No matter how trite it may sound, but still, if you plan your trip in advance, you will be surprised how cheap offers can be! For example, when you book the same hotel or hostel 2-3 months before, the price can be one and a half to two times lower than if you do it just 3-4 days before your trip! Especially, it’s important for expensive categories.
Another option is to try to find your booking on the same day when you arrive. Sometimes you may also be surprised about the price, because the hotel owners understand that their offer might completely remain without a client, so discounts are possible! 🙂
However, this option is very dangerous! There is a possibility that you’ll either completely stay without any accommodation, or you have to choose something from the expensive options! So, if you have time – think about your accommodation in advance! 🙂
Join Genius Loyalty Program
If you have already booked a couple of times through the booking.com service, then you have an opportunity to participate in their “Genius” loyalty program.
Complete your booking at least 2 times within two years and you will unlock “Level 1”! It gives you a 10% discount on booking hotels or hostels which have additional badges “Genius”, i.e. they are in the discount program.
In order to get “Level 2” in the Genius loyalty program and have 10% or even 15% discounts, as well as the opportunity of free breakfasts or room upgrades, you need to complete booking on booking.com 5 times for the last 2 years.
If you travel often enough, then you can get “Genius” – “Level 3”. In order to do this, you need to make 15 or more completed trips for the last 2 years. This level will allow you to have discounts of 10-20%, in addition to the opportunity of a free breakfast and a free room upgrade, as well as priority support for all bookings! Sounds tempting, doesn’t it? 😉
As I told before, all the apartments that participate in the “Genius” loyalty program have a special “badge”.
Booking using a referral link, get your 10% discount
The booking.com has its own referral system, which attracts new and existing users to book more often.
If you use this referral link, a 10% discount is guaranteed. There is only one limitation that your reservation should be $100 or more. However, this is not a problem if you stay in the city for a few days with your friends or family;)
If you book through the mobile app on your phone, then use this code – wolfzp38 to receive the same 10% discount!
Click on the image below and get your 10% discount! 🙂
Another nice bonus from the low-cost airline Wizzair is a 5% cashback of your booking to your WizzAir bonus account.
If you want to receive this bonus just click this link and choose a place where to stay. Then you will need to fill out a ten-digit number of your Wizzair profile at the payment page. You can find it in your WizzAir account.
After that, the 5% of the total price will be received into your account within 90 days 🙂 Everything is very simple!
The main advantage is that this 5% bonus doesn’t have any minimum reservation amount. So, for example, when book for $20, then $1 will be returned to your account. You can use this bonus within 6 months on flights or other WizzAir services, otherwise it will just “burn out”! 🙂
Use cashback services
Nowadays, there are a bunch of services which provide cashback when you are buying online. One of them I regularly use is smarty.sale. It provides an opportunity to get 2.08% cashback from every booking on booking.com. In addition, one of the main advantages of smarty.sale is that it does not charge a withdrawal fee, as competitors do. Thus, even if on other sites the percentage of cashback is higher, and, for example, there is a commission for withdrawing funds, then from the point of view of profit, a lower percentage will be better without any hidden fees.
Here is my referral link, and then choose which discount or service is more suitable for you in this or that case!
There are probably other ways to save on booking.com, write about them in the comments!
See you on the trail, in a hostel or hotel with discounts in your pocket! 😉