Decisions, decisions! First of all you have to decide where to go, when to go, and which hotel to stay in. The next big decision when booking a holiday – or a business trip – is who to book with. Do you book directly through the hotel or scour the internet to book a room through any number of third-party sites.
Here’s where we’d like to let you into a little secret – the benefits of booking a room directly with the hotel are far greater than any of the ‘so-called savings’ you think you’ll get through a third-party agent. Read on to find out why booking with an international hotel group such as Premier Inn should always be your first choice.
Forget about the promises of cheap deals made by third-party agents. You can take advantage of exclusive low rates by booking directly through the hotel; to qualify, you often need to sign up to the hotel’s loyalty programme, which is free, quick and easy to join. There are no hidden charges or nasty surprises at check-in as all costs will be listed at the time of booking.
Groups such as Premier Inn offer exclusive discounted rates and a best rate guarantee to anyone who books direct. As well as saving money on standard room rates, you can find tempting deals such as the Premier Inn Bed and Breakfast package which offers you early check-in and late check-out. Other available deals can include free lunch and dinner for kids, early bird offers, pre-booked value meals, hotel opening offers, and long-stay rates.
Getting the most out of a hotel stay is easier when you book direct. Guests can get more value for their money with book direct benefits, like discounts on food and drinks or special deals with partners. Premier Inn offers all guests who book direct access to it’s Value Pass – with 2 for 1 deals on meals, attractions and services across the Middle East.
If you have any requests, such as a wheelchair-accessible room, allergen-free pillows or vegan breakfast, it helps to speak directly to someone at the hotel. You can also ask for smoking or non-smoking rooms, your preference for a double or two single beds, an extra pull-out bed for a child, and your choice of a balcony or terrace. It’s much more reassuring – and effective – than relying on a third-party agent to relay your personal requests back to the hotel.
Free Wi-Fi… and more!
There are several perks to booking directly with the hotel, which range from free Wi-Fi in your room and complimentary bottled water through to discounts at the hotel restaurant or a credit note for food and drink purchases. Book directly with Premier Inn, for example, and you can request to check in early from 9am and/or extend your stay until 4pm (both subject to availability).
Register for a free account with a hotel website such as Premier Inn, save all your booking details, and it’`ll become quick and easy to reserve a room anytime, anywhere just by signing in. Also, it’s reassuring to know that your personal information is only shared with the hotel, and there is less risk that your booking will get ‘lost in the system’.
Business trips and holidays don’t always go according to plan, and your trip can change due to flight delays, illness, work etc. If the unexpected happens, you’ll get better customer service if you have booked directly as the hotel will give priority to reservations made directly with them. Also, if you need to make a complaint about anything, it helps if you don’t have to go through a third-party customer service agent.
For unbeatable rates on your next stay in the Middle East, book direct at premierinn.ae