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Since I write about travel basically every single day, I’m often asked which is the best website to use if you want to save money on hotel bookings. Truth is, there isn’t one best site. There are different answers for different situations: Do you have access to Amex Fine Hotels and Resort perks (on fancier stays)? Do you need to earn/use elite status perks? How far in advance are you booking? Where are you going? Which credit cards do you have? Are you sure you aren’t using points? There simply isn’t one single best hotel booking site for all situations, but there are a few sites that I recommend checking to quickly get a handle on the best prices.
One of the hotel booking sites that I check and have recommended for the last few years is Club1 Hotels. Club1 Hotels has access to more than one million hotels around the world, and while they do not always have the best price or offer the best booking solution — sometimes they do.
How Club1 Hotels Offers Discounts on Hotels
Club1 Hotels has a partnership with hotels to sell their excess room inventory behind the safety (and secrecy) of a membership paywall of sorts. This allows them to offer steeper discounts than other online travel agency sites in certain situations.
While the only way to see what’s available is to check for yourself, I’ve found Club1 Hotels to have the lowest available price at some of the Hyatt all-inclusive properties, including the Hyatt Ziva Cancun, which we personally loved during our visit a couple years ago.
The retail price of a one-year base Club1 Hotels membership is normally $99, but they are offering new TPG Family readers one year of membership for free.
Not only is the year-long membership free with this offer, but anyone who joins with our TPG Family link by October 21, 2018, is entered to win a $200 Club 1 Hotels eGift Card. If that isn’t enough incentive to look at their site, they are also offering a 10% discount for new bookings made through this Sunday, Sept. 23 at 11:59pm CST if you use the code Mommy10 (as in, you know, Mommy Points).
And don’t worry — the one-year membership does not auto renew or auto bill. It really is a year for free with no strings attached.
Club1 Hotels even has access to Disney World Resorts — and yes, they are sometimes cheaper via Club1 Hotels than booking through Disney. I haven’t booked a Disney Resort through Club1 Hotels, so I can’t speak to the process of linking the booking to your My Disney Experience to the booking, but it is worth checking to see if you might be able to save a few dollars on your next Disney Resort booking.
As you can see in the above screenshot, there are booking fees when using Club1 Hotels, so be sure you are comparing apples to apples by looking at one all-in price next to the other.
When to Skip Club1 Hotels
While we do make a little bit of money if you decide to sign up for a free membership with Club1 Hotels using our link, this is not a Club1 Hotels infomercial. There are certainly times and reasons to not use Club1 Hotels. For example, if you need to earn or use hotel elite status perks, that’s not the time to use the site. In those cases, book directly with the hotel chain. There are also times when Club1 Hotels won’t have the hotel you want or it will cost more than booking direct (though they do have a Best Rate Guarantee we’ll get to in a minute). While it is better than it was a few years ago, I also find the Club1 site to be a little clunky at times.
Club1 Hotels Best Rate Guarantee
While no site always has the best rates, Club1 Hotels does have a Best Rate Guarantee. If you spot a lower rate at the same hotel with the same room type more than seven days before arrival, Club1 Hotels will beat that rate with the following discounts:
- $10 per night savings at 3-star hotels up to $40
- $20 per night savings at 4-star hotels up to $50
- $25 per night savings at 5-star hotels up to $100
To make a Best Rate Guarantee claim, email firstname.lastname@example.org and they state they will confirm your booking the same day.
Finding the best deals in travel is about having lots of different tools at your disposal. One of those tools is having a list of websites to check when you need to book a hotel with cash, and in my mind, Club1 Hotels should be on the list of sites to check. They aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution, but with a free one-year membership, they are worth a look.
Featured image of Keemala Tent Pool Villa courtesy of Club1 Hotels.
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