Traveling can become a fun but huge expense. Finding the right resources can make your trip be both more fun and more affordable.
Booking could be just the right informational source for you and I will break down how some of the key features work throughout this review.
The following are the main features of this resource including:
1. What Do You Get Using Booking
- Flight and Hotel
- Car Rentals
2. The App Explained
3. Advantages of Booking
4. Disadvantages of Booking
This resource has a lot to potentially offer and could give you specific information that is beneficial for saving on your trip.
Through this review, which focuses on the review of booking.com, I will give detailed information about this resource and what it offers.
Booking was started in 1996 in Amsterdam. Their mission statement claims that they are determined to make it easier for everybody to travel the world.
They connect travelers all over the world to ideal destinations. Booking is constantly updating their information and offers 24/7 customer support.
They have 43 languages available and have over 28 million accommodations to choose from.
What Do You Get Using Booking?
There are 4 main menus on the home page which will give you the majority of information that you needed.
Here you can search for the city and country you are hoping to stay in. You can say whether you are traveling with children, adults, along with what your check in and check out dates will be.
You then hit search and will be sent to the current options for your search. From here you can also add more specific details including your budget amount, certain locations, parking lot available or whether breakfast is included.
Depending on where you are staying, you can also ask to see if there are any fun things to do in the area too and a list will be provided.
You will be able to show which options show up first. You can select whether you want to see the lowest price first, top picks, star ratings, review score and price, or a show homes first option. This should give you plenty of potential options to choose from for the area that you are visiting.
I was able to book the majority of my accommodations within a few minutes.
Once you click on an option, it will give you more information and pictures. If you want to reserve it, you then click reserve and will be scrolled down to the available options for that place.
Don’t forget to always account for taxes and charges to your option because in some places this can add a significant amount to your stay. Sometimes you can reserve without any card needed to hold the reservation, which was the case for my booking for most of the accommodations.
Here you can search for one way, round trip or multi city airplane tickets. The multi city option is used for traveling from one city and then flying to another city after that. You can choose which city you are departing from, the city you are arriving at, the date of the flights and how many adults or children are in your traveling party.
This could be an option if you were trying to do visit two different cities on a trip. You could travel from one city to visit family and then decide to extend your trip to another city on your way back in order to hangout with another friend.
After you have chosen your flight details, you click Search and will be take to the next page to show your flight options. From here you can filter for how many flight stops you want, specific times you need, specific airlines to fly with and the price for flights.
The top 3 results on the page will show up as the best flights based on the details you have entered and they will change as you alter the flight details. Once you find the flight you want, you click on View Deal. You will be taken to the next page where you will be asked to provide your payment information and what the total charge will be.
Flight and Hotel
Here you can find great combinations of flights and hotel accommodations. You enter your same flight information as the flight section but then will be given 5 sections to enter more details.
You will do the following in this order:
- Select Accommodations
- Select Your Room
- Choose Your Flight
- Review Your Trip
- Add Payment Details
You can choose to see the fight and hotel options from recommended, review score or lowest price. If you choose the lowest price options, they can show the most affordable options that are available given your search details.
The review score option would show you places to stay that have been highly liked by other travelers.
The review score could give you helpful information because you can read what specific people wrote. The comments they say can usually be a good indicator of what kind of place it is going to be.
Always read the fine print with whatever car rental company you use. This is because the companies will try to charge you as much as possible in order to make more money. You need to be ready in person to get the package that you want and not be pushed into paying for more features.
I used Booking for a recent trip to Peru and this site made it much easier to research my options.
You can choose whether you want a small, medium, large, premium, or SUV as your vehicle. You choose a pick up location or a drop off location, if you want to leave the car at another car rental place. Dropping off a car in another city will cost you more money than returning the car back to where you picked up the car.
You then choose your dates of when you want to rent the car. There will also be a little box to check that says Driver aged between 30-65. It is important to check this box if you are within this age. This is because car rental companies will charge you more if you are younger than these ages.
You can then sort the car options you are searching for by Our Top Picks, the Lowest Price or Top Reviewed. You can also choose a particular supplier, such as Budget or Hertz, if you want to rent with one of these agencies.
You can then say whether you want any of the following:
- Supplier Rating
- Supplier Location
- Fuel Policy
- Damage Excess
- Deposit at Pick Up
- Mileage Limit
Once you find a car option that you want, you click Choose this Car. You will then be taken to another page that gives you other features that you can add on. These can include Collision Damage Coverage, Baby Seats or GPS for the car.
Once you have chosen the features that you want for your rental, you click Go to Book. Then you are asked for your personal information and your flight number.
You then are taken to the payment sections and enter your information. The important way to proceed here is to take your time and read the details about each car rental option.
Even if the main price is very affordable, the additional features could add up to significant expenses.
The App Explained
The Booking app is available for download and is free to use. Once downloaded, it is easy to navigate and do most of the same functions as searching the website on a computer. It is sometimes more convenient to use the app, especially when you are on the go.
The app was great for making changes to accommodations because it showed many affordable options.
You can change what currency you want to show up in the results which is a great benefit. If you are trying to calculate what the bill will be for another currency, such as US dollars compared to Peruvian Soles, this could be very helpful.
They have over 56 different currencies that you can check out.
Advantages of Booking
There are key advantages for using this resource including the following:
- Easy To Use
- You Get Better Deals the More You Use It
- Has website and app
- Great for connecting hotels with flights
- Reviews for each lodging option
- Easy to Make Free Booking reservation
Disadvantages of Booking
- Promotional emails sent to you frequently
My Final Thoughts On This Resource
I mostly have used Booking for planning a trip to Peru with my cousin and it was very helpful.
We were able to find very affordable deals. But it is important to note that I have not used it in more expensive countries where booking accommodations can really add up.
Peru had tons of affordable options and it was easy to use this resource using the website or the app.
I was able to find a Yurt on top of a mountain that would have been nearly impossible to find if I didn’t know it was there. It ended up being one of the best places I have ever stayed and a perfect location to stay.
Always read the fine print for the car rental options and take your time researching where to stay. Use the reviews as a good gauge and take a look at the pictures offered too.
If you are interested in saving more on traveling, read How to Save Money on Traveling.
I hope that you liked this post, which focused on the Review of Booking.com, and learned some useful information.
If you have any questions, please leave them below and I will answer them as best as I can.