Why Book Direct?
When you commit to book direct, you will find deals and offers you won’t find anywhere else! You will not have access to these “perks” when booking through an online travel agency (OTA) such as Expedia, Airbnb, Orbitz, Travelocity, and Booking.com, for example. Not to mention, you will pay less when you book direct with a B&B!
When booking direct, you:
A reservation booked directly with a bed and breakfast innkeeper or via the B&B’s website will assure that you get:
How to Avoid the Service Fees
Service fees that online travel agency (OTA) charge can add up. They certainly publicize throughout the web, social media, and beyond that, they have the best deals. OTAs make their money by charging either the traveler who books a room, the place of lodging, or even both in some cases. Simply put, Book Direct on the B&B’s website instead to avoid these service fees.
Expedia, Airbnb, Orbitz, Travelocity, and Booking.com are all examples of OTAs. Even Google search adds in a “Book A Room” button that can be deceiving. Many times travelers think Google’s blue “Book A Room” button goes directly to the hotel or B&B, or that they didn’t know where it goes. It goes to the OTA, not to the B&B!
With Airbnb, for example, the property owner gives up at least 3 percent of the room price. For the traveler, the service fee can range from 5 percent to 15 percent. Airbnb doesn’t explain in any detail how it calculates the fee.
In addition to paying the service fee, the traveler pays the entire cost of the stay at the time of booking. If you book a B&B direct, your deposit could be as little as the cost of one room night, with payment of the balance after your stay.
Other Benefits of Book Direct
If you go directly to the inn’s website, you will see detailed information and pictures so you get to know where you will be staying, but also:
When it comes to making reservations for a B&B, who serves you better? The OTAs by charging you fees with little personal assistance or the small business owners, the innkeepers with the heart for hospitality, that do it best. We hope you choose to book direct for friendly, personal, and knowledgeable customer service!
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