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Booking.com offers special perks and deals for members — like 10% off vacations for life — on travel arrangements made around the world. But those benefits don’t kick in right away.
What's in this review?
What is Booking.com?Booking.com is a travel website that can help you arrange every aspect of your next trip. Reserve a place to stay, purchase tickets for transportation and even discover tours and things to do in your next destination.
What can I buy from Booking.com?
Booking.com can help you locate and book the following:
- Flight and hotel packages
- Car rentals
- Tours and activities
- Airport taxis
How do I get my confirmation and tickets
After you make a purchase, your ticket, voucher and order confirmation are delivered electronically, straight to your inbox, along with a receipt.
You could print the tickets, depending on the type of product you purchased — but most providers allow and even encourage digital tickets.
How do I pay on booking.com?
Paying for your bookings depend on what you purchase. Here’s the breakdown:
When you select a flight, Booking.com will send you to CheapOair to complete the purchase. There, your payment methods include:
- American Express
- Carte Blanche
- CheapOair credit card
- Diners Club International
- Car rentals
You can also choose to use Affirm when booking flights, which lets you pay the bill over monthly increments instead of all at once.
Use any major credit card to book a hotel reservation, whether you’re sending an initial deposit or paying in full upfront.
Payment methods vary, depending on the rental company you book with. Verify that you can use the payment you want before making the reservation.
Book a taxi by using a Visa, Mastercard, American Express or through PayPal.
Tours and activities
Use any major credit card to purchase tickets for a tour or activity.
When’s the next sale?Booking.com has deals and discounts on travel arrangements all year ’round. To stay in-the-know about sales, create an account and subscribe to its newsletter — or check for a promo code, discount or special deal.
It also celebrates industry holidays like Black Friday, Cyber Monday and more with lower rates and deals sourced from providers around the web.
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What sets this brand apart?
What sets Booking.com apart from the dozens of other travel sites out there is that it doesn’t charge travelers a fee to use its site. Other sites sneak service fees into the overall price, but Booking.com gets paid from commission fees from providers. Here are some other highlights:
Rewards programBooking.com‘s rewards program, Genius is free and offers savings of at least 10% on every booking you make. Plus, you’ll get perks and special deals along the way. To qualify, open an account and make at least two bookings in the first two years. After that, membership lasts for life.
If you reserve a hotel room on Booking.com but find a cheaper price elsewhere, contact its team at least 24 hours before to check-in, and Booking.com refunds the difference.
Pros and cons
Consider the benefits and drawbacks of using Booking.com before signing on.
- More than just hotels. Booking.com has listings for fully vetted hostels, unique homestay properties, elegant villas, cozy bed and breakfasts and luxury resorts in addition to standard options like hotels and vacation rentals.
- Variety of search filters. To fine-tune your results and get exactly what you’re looking for. Filter by nearby landmarks, neighborhood, room accessibility, price range, distance from the city center and more.
- Keep details in once place. Whether you’re planning a family vacation or a getaway with friends, manage every detail of the trip through your Booking.com account online or the app — instead of shuffling a stack of printouts and keeping track of multiple providers.
- Rewards program doesn’t kick in right away. You’ll need to make two bookings before you can take advantage of the 10% membership discount.
- Price match only applies to accommodations. Booking.com won’t refund you for plane tickets, car rentals or anything else that you find listed on another site for cheaper, after you’ve booked.
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Amy Stoltenberg writes about lifestyle and money for Finder, researching the best options for shopping, banking, insurance and authentic travel experiences. After studying writing and fashion at Savannah College of Art and Design, she worked as a technical designer before opting for a career with unlimited travel time. She lives in Los Angeles. When her laptop's closed, you can find her wandering the streets looking for hole-in-the-wall eateries and daydreaming about her next great adventure.
Whether you’re hoping to lock down a hotel or a bunk at a hostel, Booking.com can help you arrange all the accouterments of your next travel adventure — but is most beneficial to long-term members. If that’s not quite what you’re looking for, compare other vacation rental sites.