Finding a place to stay in a new destination is usually the part of the travel planning process people hate the most because there are SO many options. It’s overwhelming.
You may find yourself going down the google rabbit hole and stumble upon an enticing hotel offer on some deal website like Hotels.com, but beware:
How you book your hotel matters.
Similar to what I mentioned last week about only booking flights directly with the airline or through a travel professional (who is booking direct on your behalf), the same goes for a hotel.
Overbooking hotel rooms is a standard practice. You may not realize this because hotels don’t get NEARLY the amount of press that airlines get when they overbook. And do you want to know who generally gets booted or “walked” first? People who book on a third party website like Priceline, especially if you arrive late at night.
These guests that are walked get “reaccommodated” at another similar hotel. So you may have been dreaming about one hotel, but you end up at another hotel across town. That’s not a great start to any trip, huh? And I can guarantee you won’t get much sympathy from a big OTA like Expedia because that is all covered in the fine print that no one ever reads.
On the other hand, if you book directly with a hotel or through a travel professional, chances are extremely slim to none that this will ever happen to you (a “no walk” policy is built into a lot of contracts).
Like anything else in life, it’s all about who you know…
You can’t VIP yourself, but I can VIP you!
I am excited to announce that I have recently switched agencies that I’m affiliated with to Tafari Travel, which is a Virtuoso Member Agency. Virtuoso is the travel industry’s most exclusive travel network that you need to be invited to join.
What that means to you is that I have access to get you exclusive amenities at some of the top hotels in the world such as:
- Room upgrade on arrival
- Daily breakfast for two
- Food & beverage credit
- Early check-in/late checkout
- Spa treatment credits
- Special Virtuoso experiences
These extra benefits cost nothing extra to you, but are simply a thank you from the hotel for booking through a preferred partner. I also have access to extra amenities on cruises and have partnerships with suppliers all of the world that can make truly special trips happen and score you experiences that you can’t book online.
I have additional partnerships with all of the below hotel brands through my affiliation with Tafari Travel, which includes some hotels that are not listed on the Virtuoso website. If you are considering staying at any of the properties in these hotel families, definitely reach out to see what extra perks or promos I may be able to secure for you!
Check out my profile on Virtuoso.com. The coolest part is the map of every trip of my life…this took me FOREVER to fill out, but it’s amazing to see complete.
Need help finding a hotel for your next trip?
If you don’t have time to deal with doing your own hotel research and booking for an upcoming trip or are feeling overwhelmed, just contact me and I can help you!