Cheapest hotel booking platforms revealed

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Booking a hotel can be stressful and sometimes overwhelming. You want the best option at the best price. However, with so many platforms available, it is difficult to compare and decide. Which hotel booking platform shows the best prices? A new study revealed valuable information.

InsureMyTrip, an American travel insurance comparison agency, did the hard work. The experts gathered data from the most popular online booking websites and analyzed 1,000 hotels in major destinations in the United States and abroad.

The agency chose 50 hotels in 20 of the most popular cities for American travelers — ten in the US and ten international — and looked for prices for the same dates on the same day to avoid price fluctuations. The results may surprise some travelers.

InsureMyTrip compared and analyzed results from these sources:

  • Expedia
  • Official website of each hotel.

The study showed that the most popular platform might not be the best choice. All may have interesting offers, but some platforms are more reliable than others. Also, the best booking option may change depending on the destination.

The cheapest hotel booking platforms

InsureMyTrip revealed it shows the most expensive options. During the analysis, they offered better deals only 7% of the time. These were the platforms with the cheapest bookings:

  1. This booking site usually has the best hotel deals. According to the report, 69% of the time this platform offered the best prices. Using this platform could help travelers save about $43.83.
  1. Expedia: This platform has similar prices to and shows the second best prices with a difference of a few cents or a couple of dollars.
  2. Hotel direct: Booking directly from the hotel may not be a bad option, but in most cases it could be a bit more expensive.

On average, booking your hotel through you could pay about $33.13 more than you would through

The report also showed which site has the best prices by city. Here are some of the top destinations considered by InsureMyTrip:

  • New York: Travelers can save up to $73.82 by booking on in this city.
  • Los Angeles: The best option is to book directly through the hotel’s website. This strategy can help you save about $39.68.
  • Miami: Using a reputable platform can be a good strategy to avoid popular Florida rental scams, but visitors should opt for for the best prices.
  • London: Both sites, and Expedia, offer travelers good prices.
  • Dubai: Expedia offers the best hotel deals for this destination.
  • Paris: and Expedia are the best hotel booking platforms to visit this charming city.

According to the study, the destination can also affect the prices of each platform. When traveling to the United Arab Emirates, Bangkok, Thailand or Malaysia, Expedia usually has the best prices. Some websites are more popular and trusted in certain destinations, so travelers should keep that in mind when finding the best options.

How to save money when booking a hotel

The study made it clear that might not be your best ally and if you don’t have much time to compare hotel prices from different websites, is definitely the safest bet. However, those looking to save should always compare at least two or three options.

Another great strategy is to stay in the loop through social media channels. a new one Instagram Hack Is Saving Travelers 30-50% On Hotel Bookings and even 75% when he is lucky. You can send a direct message to the @Hotel Instagram account, write your destination and wait for a reply and an email with a special discount.

At Travel Off Path, we’re constantly sharing tips and deals. You can also visit our guide of the Top 10 booking tricks for cheap hotel prices and find the best savings alternatives for your next trip.

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