If you are planning to travel to Asia soon and are looking for a hotel booking company, chances are you have come across Agoda.com. There are many other popular companies that offer the same services but what makes Agoda better than the rest. And are their services reliable? Find out the answers in this article.
If you’ve never heard of Agoda before, it’s no wonder. However, you’ve at least heard of Priceline.com, the Internet’s largest travel agency. Well Priceline is the parent company of Agoda. However, Agoda only deals with hotel reservations around the world, but they specialize especially in the Asian hotel market.
So what makes Agoda.com so special?
Using so many different hotel booking companies, I’ve noticed that all hotel prices are on average about the same – give or take a few dollars. Agoda numbers also match the rest of the competition. However, Agoda has a points system that you can earn for room discounts and free nights.
This is Agoda’s biggest advantage over competitors. You can earn points automatically. From 4% – 7% of the room rate. Sometimes there are special offers where you can earn more. The minimum number of points you need, for example, a $ 25 discount is 12,500 points, and it’s easy to do if you spend about $ 625, which is easy that most people already spend on hotel accommodation.
You can either use these points, or save, like me, for even more discounts and free nights.
The benefits of using Agoda do not end there. You can earn 500 points for a reward for submitting a review of the hotel where you have stayed. Agoda relies heavily on guest feedback, so they want to give them an incentive. Submit a review is simple and doesn’t take more than five minutes. You usually receive an email from Agoda within 2 weeks of leaving asking to view it. As you can see as a frequent customer of Agoda, your scores can quickly add up.
Most of all I like Agoda’s ability to quickly confirm room availability. Agoda’s competitors require you to wait a few hours or maybe a day due to time zone differences to find out if a room is available. Agoda’s reservation system is always up to date with the latest offers, special prices and of course the instant availability of rooms.
Finally, don’t you hate exploring a hotel online and you don’t know exactly what types of attractions or other hotel options there are in the area? Agoda has a great hotel map feature that uses Google Maps to determine the location of your hotel and identify nearby attractions, attractions and hotel alternatives.