I’ve been thinking about spending the night in Broughty Ferry, near Dundee in Scotland, for months. When I spotted the Fisherman’s Tavern, one of the most highly rated places to stay in Broughty Ferry, for only £34 for a Monday night for a twin room, including breakfast, in a sale on the Expedia travel website, I quickly booked the room.
I very rarely stay in hotels on a Friday or Saturday night, as it’s hard to find cheap rooms. Strangely, it was £38 to stay on the Sunday night, £4 more than on the Monday night. That’s unusual, as Sunday in generally the cheapest night to stay at hotels.
I like booking hotels on the Expedia website for several reasons, which I’ll discuss below.
Expedia don’t charge a credit card fee, some other travel websites do make you pay an additional fee to pay by credit card. I pay for as many goods and services as possible by credit card, in order to receive the 0.5% cashback on my Nationwide Select credit card. I know 0.5% it’s not much, but is money for nothing, as I’d be paying for these things anyway.
Expedia also give normally you 200 Nectar points when you book a hotel on their website. This equates to £1, but during events such as Sainsbury’s Double Up, the value of your Nectar points is doubled for certain purchases. During promotions Expedia give you 400 Nectar points when booking a hotel through their website.
Expedia has recently started the Expedia+ programme. I was already an Expedia member, which unlocked special member’s prices for some hotels. Expedia+ enables you to collect points, on top of Nectar points, which you can redeem against the price of future stays, or access benefits such as room upgrades or flexible check-in. I’m not sure how many Expedia+ points you’d need to be able to get a free stay.
When you first join Expedia+, you are a +blue member. Once you either spend £5,000 or stay for seven qualifying hotel nights, you move up to +sliver membership. If you either spend £10,000, or stay for fifteen qualifying hotel nights, you are elevated to +gold membership. I found the Expedia+ programme far too complicated.
As with all purchases, I checked to see if I could find any Expedia hotel discount codes before making the booking.
I always look for the lowest price when booking a hotel. I wouldn’t be swayed into paying more than an additional couple of pounds to book on the Expedia site in order to get Nectar or Expedia + points.
To me, getting a voucher code from a website such as VoucherButler, which gives me an immediate reduction on the price paid, is better than loyalty programme points. Companies such as Expedia can change the terms and conditions of their loyalty schemes. They are probably hoping that you won’t check the price of the hotel on other travel websites, because you will be focused on building up your points.