Comments • 60

  • Grant Rennie
    Grant Rennie 9 days ago

    35% commission for comparison websites, its either the hotel getting it or the hotel using comparison websites to sell empty rooms at short notice, paying them 35-50% comission/fees.
    The comparison websites pressure you to take the room/flight/insurance from them as they don't want you to pay someone else they want you to go through them.

  • Muaz Mszile
    Muaz Mszile Month ago

    ihg is a scam period

  • Cristina Rubio
    Cristina Rubio Month ago

    It is the cheapest hotel website in the world guaranteed, also if you use this link to book a hotel over 90 euros you get 45 euros free, just for using this link, I do not know how long the promotion will last

  • Jerica Clark
    Jerica Clark 2 months ago

    I can't find book direct site on my browser. What did you type?

  • فوائد و علوم
    فوائد و علوم 2 months ago

    For cheap booking take this line

  • vida909
    vida909 4 months ago

    What kind of loyalty cards do You have?

  • John Russo
    John Russo 4 months ago

    I got ripped off for $10,000 by I made a reservation and canceled it 3 hours later and the hotel, Residence Alma Marceau in Paris, charged my AMEX $10,000. I have been trying to get my money back for a year. The hotel said charged them $1700 commission. Amex has been useless in resolving this issue. stay away from! And if you think that big annual fee you are paying for your AMEX card will get you some help, think twice.

  • Land Lord
    Land Lord 4 months ago

    I quit today. Welcome direct

  • jonathan english
    jonathan english 4 months ago

    Try booking an actual holiday on a comparison sight for a family of four in the school holidays (August) for 14 nights and see if a comparison site is worth using????? Booking one night in a far flung country isn't really helpful.

  • dan hobbs
    dan hobbs 4 months ago

    Excellent post. Thanks for sharing. Go direct always. The OTAs really need investigation on their tactics towards hoteliers, chains and travellers.

  • Rachael
    Rachael 6 months ago is not a comparison site, it is a booking site. This video should of been done with Travago or Hotels Combined (or similar)

  • Harry Boyce
    Harry Boyce 6 months ago

    As someone who owns tourist accommodation it is great that u are getting this info out, these sites are being too greedy, a min of 16 euro of every hundred I earn is going to these sites! 🤬

  • Greg Sanders
    Greg Sanders 7 months ago

    You're a riot ! Most entertaining and humorous amateur video I've ever seen. I'll definitely be taking lots of what you've said on board. Thanks :)

  • Timi Galgócová
    Timi Galgócová 7 months ago

    I always check the price at booking and also at the hotels page and I have never found a room more expensive on booking... this is so strange :D but I travel only around Europe, maybe it is different here? Even when I went to smaller apartments or hotels, they gave me a discount and tell me to book next time directly, but even with the discount it was always more expensive.

  • Coaster World
    Coaster World 8 months ago

    you can also save money by booking train tickets through aswell instead of buying from train stations.

  • DIRTY451
    DIRTY451 9 months ago is crap try alpharooms

  • Bits Of Ben
    Bits Of Ben 9 months ago

    This is so funny. I booked a travelodge in London for 4 nights this coming August. Trivago said the price was £179 for the entire stay whereas I looked at the site direct and it was £149. Sometimes it is best going direct!

  • Matteo Segala
    Matteo Segala 9 months ago

    Hello. I own a hotel. To be more precise you cannot consider a comparison website. It is a unique platform. A comparison website is trivago or kayak. Most of the time, especially for small hotels, booking direct is cheaper because we don’t pay the 15-20% commission. If you don’t find a better deal on the direct website, call the hotel and ask, very likely they will make a better offer.
    Even comparison website like kayak and trivago are not transparent: you get usually only the results of Expedia and If the hotel doesn’t pay for an ad campaign or doesn’t have a platform to communicate the availability and the prices from its own private engine to the trivago website, you will not find the direct prices among trivago results. We have to pay for every click on our direct website link. Things are changing fast...

  • Sikder Diamond
    Sikder Diamond 10 months ago

    Watching u after few months

  • E A
    E A 10 months ago

    We need that as a sound clip. Inspector psycho here

  • Victoria Morgan
    Victoria Morgan 10 months ago

    I'm ashamed to know that I've been being scammed by comparison sites. Thank you for this.

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    Teodor M Gr8Crypto 10 months ago

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  • Manola Jd
    Manola Jd 11 months ago

    How about any body try it

  • The Leasphere
    The Leasphere Year ago +2

    Im so glad you did this video! I myself have been working in hotels as a receptionist and so many times people were sure to have a cheaper deal than the price the hotel make directly! It is crazy, if only they knew!


    Just watched 4 mins. of video. Started wondering if a hotel chain would give world/nomad travellers a discount if they more or less exclusively used that hotel chain. That's something you might want to check into if you haven't already.

  • Stephanie Daigle
    Stephanie Daigle Year ago

    Working front desk at a hotel, I can tell you that you really should book direct. If something happens and you want a refund or anything, it's easier to deal with the hotel than trying to fight the third party booking site. You don't pay the hotel, you pay the third party company. They don't care about your stay. The hotel does, and will make it right, if you booked with them.

  • g hasynchroduck
    g hasynchroduck Year ago

    Personally I have found Expedia to either be the same price or less expensive than booking directly. Plus their customer service has helped me out in tough situations (such as the hotel NOT being anything like they presented themselves to be). Plus their loyalty program has allowed me to stay in hotels for $5.00 a night! The reality is because of cookies and internet tracking my results may not match yours. Right or wrong has pegged you as a customer who doesn't care as much about getting the best deal and as someone who doesn't comparison shop... so you get charged more.

  • Phiela Rapheigh
    Phiela Rapheigh Year ago

    Regardless hotel or flight I will always go to the comparison site and cross check with direct price before make my purchase.

  • Steve Prince
    Steve Prince Year ago

    So fat now.

  • Ztez Maxim
    Ztez Maxim Year ago

    Who here breathed a sigh of relief Aly wasnt talking about skyscanner?
    Hand raised

  • Ztez Maxim
    Ztez Maxim Year ago

    IHG is headquartered in atlanta ga. I think. I pass by their skyscraper with their name on the top twice a month

  • Kleber Medeiros
    Kleber Medeiros Year ago

    Hello everyone, I`m from Brazil and I`m planning to travel the world next year, but till then I`ll need to improve my speaking skills... Is there any English native speaker that could help me up? Tks in advance!!!

  • Emy Reads
    Emy Reads Year ago

    I just got to watch the video about booking through third parties.
    I want to add something to add as someone who works at a front desk of a hotel chain; this video is truly is SO important to avoid being scammed! Not only it is MORE expensive though third parties but more often than not, they will book and guarantee rooms to customers the hotel does not even have...
    For example:
    -Room with a balcony when the hotel doesn't have any;
    -Room for 5 aka 2-3 beds when the third party actually booked a room with one queen (& yes sometimes the hotel is full and it is impossible to fill the request upon arrival);
    -Room with a certain view when said view does not exist or is never guaranteed;
    -Parking/breakfast included when in fact it isn't;
    -2 rooms side by side but third party booked rooms under 2 different names and never asked for said rooms to be close (how is the hotel supposed to guess?)
    Of course, it is part of the job to fulfilled the customers' requests and I happily do so when I can (complementary breakfast for example) but when the hotel is full and I do not have the room the third party promised, I can't really do anything unfortunately.
    Anyways, I don't think third parties are all bad, but I have seen so many customers be disappointed over the years because third parties promised things they can't guarantee that I can't help but STRONGLY advice not to use them, ever

  • Anna Rehbinder
    Anna Rehbinder Year ago

    Tip always use an anonomous tab When you shop because next time you go in they in many cases Will have upped their prices based on the fact that you’ve been in before ( comes from inside the travel industry ) goes for all sorts of booking sites and for the travel itself ( Ps dyslexic never could spell that)

  • Compass North
    Compass North Year ago

    A good point also.....when you search for vacation packages etc....using Xpedia or Travelocity or any site like that....after your search and checking out resorts make sure you delete all browsing history and cookies. The sites will know you have been there when and if you return to continue searching and the prices will increase and limited booking times will increase etc.....and if you didn't know better you will feel like you had better book now because the resort only has X number of rooms available !!!
    Once I was on the computer at a resort booking through a online thing like xpedia or travelocity and my wife was on the same site on her iPad and we had different prices.....EXTREMELY different prices for the same booking ! Obviously we booked on her iPad. Cookies are sometimes not good for you.

  • AllyCreative
    AllyCreative Year ago

    We booked a hotel in Edinburgh through expedia for £50 a night for 2 people and if we went direct with the hotel it would have been £120 a night. We saved a lot of money and as poor students we really appreciated it. Our train back to London was delayed, so we got compensation and were able to travel to 2 more towns :)

  • Sizzlemann
    Sizzlemann Year ago

    I actually have the IHG credit card that I can book an IHG hotel room with. I get 6x the points for using the card (costs of the room) plus the points for staying at the IHG property as an IHG member. Win, win. I now have enough points for about 7 free nights of hotel stay (depending on area). Plus you get room upgrades when available. If you travel a lot, you need to look into travel hacking.

  • Daniel
    Daniel Year ago

    very useful channel thank you for your videos

  • KungZoo
    KungZoo Year ago

    I found the CBC marketplace episode here:

  • Breath Of The Mekong Tours

    I hope that one day when you travel to Viet Nam, I can offer a Mekong Delta Tour for you ^^

  • Travel Bug Bee
    Travel Bug Bee Year ago

    So does that mean flight comparison sites are the same????

  • Dina Cruising Thru Life

    I’ve been a member of IHG and other hotel sites. The membership is usually free. I have received free night stays or reduced fee using points.

  • Dabbsy
    Dabbsy Year ago

    Would hostels be the same? Imaaaaa investigate. Thanks for this... 😁

  • Danielle
    Danielle Year ago

    This was quite biased as I often find my hotels are cheaper on comparison sights. I mainly use and always check vs direct and wins most of the time for me. I also find way more trustworthy than some hotel sights.

  • Richard's World Traveler

    You need to use more comparison sites. And use some that have bonus points. I use Orbitz with the Orbitz Credit card to get a lot of free credit on hotel stays. I don't use them if I get a much lower price elsewhere though.

  • Brian Amamoto
    Brian Amamoto Year ago

    cheaper flights based on where you are located?

  • godoggo
    godoggo Year ago

    Your Awesome!! I wish i could keep you 'on my shoulder' while i Venture the World : )
    Im Def gonna start staying more at IHG!! I'll tag my squad with this vid.

  • Bad Bear Bad
    Bad Bear Bad Year ago

    For site like or have few advantage too since it provide hotel information, traveler review and photo and list of hotel that fit our needs and budget. Obvious we can use this site for research and book directly to our hotel choice. Personal I have try both way, have book tru a 3rd party site which offer much cheaper than booking directly and vice versa.

  • Moran Guy
    Moran Guy Year ago

    Thanks for the video , I can admit that when I last time ordered an accommodation for our travel I compared it with the direct price for the hotel and it was cheaper in 200$USD , can you believe it ?


    How about doing a video were you investigate to see if the recommendations and the comments about the hotel are correct or are they made up. I know a lot of it is just off of personal experience as they go to their hotel but you'll read so many different comments with wonderful recommendations about them and I always wonder if they are just made up to help sell the room.

  • Laura Galore
    Laura Galore Year ago

    I went to South Korea solo in 2016. I did just that. Use booking and agoda to find hotels and guesthouses and then xontact those directly.
    You can have cheaper rooms or gifts for free. Ive mail the hotels/guesthouses. Told them about what ive found on a comparaison website. And ask them if they could do better? Got a wifi egg for 4 days completely free of charge and a large amount of free breakfast because i book directly.

  • Dorota MUA
    Dorota MUA Year ago

    interesting. I am always comparing deeply prices for my holiday trips, also with direct suppliers. never had better deals directly. But almost always got massively discounted prices through discounted deals on comprising sides mainly via using membership, secret deals, -/+ discounting codes. even from 10-over 50% off! additional interesting fact. got two accounts or few on each page and I am finding that the deals and promo coupons are different on each account. MY tip. Yes go to compare page in advance monitor prices but don't buy instantly unless you really have to and it's urgent, but only if you spot a good deal. so to multiple suppliers, comparing sides, sign up to every possible newsletter, membership program! search for online dicount codes!

  • Theresa Boshoff
    Theresa Boshoff Year ago

    My advice to anyone is find a chain they really like and join their rewards program and be loyal to the brand. I have been a Marriott rewards member for a few years now and I am currently a platium level member and love the perks I get for making the level.

  • Lisa Evans
    Lisa Evans Year ago

    I'm about to go travelling so thank you for spilling the tea on comparison sites. I'll be sure to book direct 👍

  • hikkipedia
    hikkipedia Year ago

    One time, I blew hundreds of dollars on weekend at a Toronto hotel because the bargain site was timing me and panicked - only to find out that I had booked the wrong weekend for my event. It was non refundable or transferable.

  • Ellie Pamela
    Ellie Pamela Year ago

    I have been binge watching you I've just come across you and you are the exact channel in looking for u have a 13 hour flight next month and your videos have given me so many ideas on what to do on it and what I should get for it THANKYOU

  • charlieismadeofbrick

    Do you think if I cancel a booking .com reservation and rebook they will notice lol

  • Lessilu
    Lessilu Year ago

    I wanna shoot an arrow in favour of comparison websites. Many times they are actually cheaper than booking direct.
    In particular when one becomes a "genius customer". I just booked 2 nights in London with for 250 pounds, while booking direct would have costed 350 pay in advance.
    it's good to always check all the options as it always depends :)

    DOR ATTARD Year ago

    It might seem ‘cheaper’ booking directly with the hotel but one needs to consider the currency exchange rate (online exchange rate is not always the same with bank) since if you book directly with the hotel, you have to pay in their currency. Also there are taxes and possible extra fees. When in Thailand we thought it was cheaper to go directly, in person, to the hotel but we found it was way cheaper to book online.

  • Ariana Snell
    Ariana Snell Year ago

    I found I’ve saved more money booking through Trivago/TripAdvisor than the actual hotel. In Inverness I’m staying 2 nights at The Royal Highland Hotel and booking it through the comparison site it’s $164.35 and through to website it’s 200+ for the same room, dates and days. (Mind you that’s in AUD)