The right way to discover low cost lodge rooms? Survey compares widespread web site charges

Many vacationers strive to economize by looking the web for cheaper lodge charges.

However a brand new examine suggests it might not be well worth the time — at the very least in some locations.

The journey insurance coverage comparability website InsureMyTrip in contrast charges for 950 inns in 19 international cities on three widespread reserving web sites in addition to every lodge’s website.

In accordance with the outcomes revealed final week, had the perfect general charges — however simply barely. had the perfect charges in 620 cases, which was barely larger than Expedia, which had the most cost effective charges in 579 cases.

Reserving instantly with a lodge was dearer, however by solely about $6 extra on common, in keeping with the examine.

“There have been conflicting views on lodge charges, and other people … imagine that reserving via on-line journey platforms ensured a greater fee than the lodge web site,” mentioned Shalabh Arora, director of selling at India’s 4 Seasons Lodge Bengaluru. “Nevertheless, it isn’t so at 4 Seasons the place fee parity is taken very severely.”

He mentioned the inns’ web site has a pop-up perform which compares charges supplied by the lodge with these on different reserving platforms.

Lastly, the web site had the most cost effective charges in 72 cases — or about 7% of the time — in keeping with the examine.

“Not solely was [] hardly ever probably the most inexpensive, however it was additionally the most costly choice nearly all of the time,” in keeping with the revealed outcomes.

The corporate’s Managing Director for Asia Pacific Laura Houldsworth responded to the examine by e-mail, stating that the corporate goals “to all the time be clear with our clients” and that “our property companions are free to set their very own costs on”

She added that “our promise to cost match additionally implies that if a buyer ought to ever discover a cheaper price on one other web site, will refund the distinction.”

Totally different reserving manufacturers, similar father or mother firm

The report discovered common lodge charges on and Expedia have been the identical in seven of 19 cities, with general averages various by simply 27 cents.

“Expedia and usually have the identical value, particularly with the worldwide inns,” mentioned Sarah Webber, director of selling for InsureMyTrip.

Each manufacturers are owned by Expedia Group, which additionally operates different journey reserving web sites, together with Travelocity, Hotwire, Orbitz and CheapTickets.

“Motels working with Expedia Group distribute their charges throughout all of our manufacturers,” mentioned Anna Brown, an organization public relations supervisor. “The speed is analogous throughout manufacturers, nevertheless numerous gives … accepted by our lodge companions, typically create fee variations.”

Brown mentioned charges also can range via manufacturers’ app-only pricing, whereas Hotwire’s “Scorching Charges” masks inns’ names prior to buy in alternate for deep reductions on last-minute bookings. is a part of Reserving Holdings, which operates Priceline, Agoda and Kayak. Reserving Holdings had the best income amongst all on-line journey businesses from 2019 to 2021, in keeping with the analysis firm Statista.

Lodge charges by metropolis

The InsureMyTrip report confirmed vital fee variations in sure cities. For example, vacationers may save as a lot as $88 per evening in Honolulu, in the event that they discovered the bottom value.

In New York, the report discovered common lodge charges different from $293 on to $367 on

The examine additionally discovered:

  • has the most cost effective charges in New York Metropolis 62% of the time.
  • Expedia had the most cost effective charges in Honolulu 62% of the time and Boston 66% of the time.
  • Direct lodge bookings have been most cost-effective in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC

However fee fluctuations have been much less pronounced exterior of america.

Posted charges different lower than $10 per evening on common in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Macau, Kuala Lumpur and Istanbul, in keeping with the analysis.

InsureMyTrip’s examine represents a snapshot in time, with the analysis analyzing charges for a double room for 2 folks booked for the evening of Aug. 27, 2022, the agency mentioned.

All searches have been carried out on the identical day to keep away from value fluctuations, since “costs can change shortly and with out warning,” mentioned Webber.

Not all inns or reserving websites embody the identical extras within the ultimate value.

Sarah Webber

InsureMyTrip director

Nevertheless, the examine didn’t contemplate whether or not charges have been refundable or included taxes, mentioned Webber.

“To maintain the examine so simple as potential, we took the worth seen on the websites as the ultimate value,” she mentioned. “So, it is undoubtedly one thing to think about as not all inns or reserving websites embody the identical extras within the ultimate value.”

Different components, similar to prepayment necessities and breakfast inclusions, can have an effect on charges too, which additional complicates the lodge value comparability course of — for researchers and vacationers alike.