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Booking,com attracts our most guests

Despite the few negative community-partner posts I have read here, Booking,com is bringing us the greatest number of guests to our Northern California mountain home's guestrooms.  I have no complaints.

 

My wife and I began renting our house's two unused guestrooms in June 2018.  We first registered them through Airbnb; but our rental bookings slowed in the winter months (November through March).

 

In March 2019, I also registered our two guestrooms on Booking,com, FlipKey and TripAdvisor.  Last month, I also registered our rental space on Expedia.

 

Since last March, 85% of our reservations have been through Booking,com.  Here is how these booking platforms are currently ranked for our guestroom reservations:

  • 1st:  Booking,com (85%)
  • 2nd:  Expedia (8%)
  • 3rd:  Airbnb (5%)
  • 4th:  TripAdvisor (2%)
  • 5th:  FlipKey (0%)

 

Expedia partners with several other booking platforms, including Hotels,com, Hotwire, VRBO, HomeAdvisor, Travelocity, Trivago, HomeAway, CitySearch and Trover.  This multi-platform crossover gives our rental property greater online visibility.

 

Booking,com airs the most USA television ads, compared to other online vacation reservation companies.  However, Airbnb only advertises online; but its ads are only targeted to attracting new Airbnb partners/hosts.

 

As hosts, how have other booking platforms worked for you in attracting new guests? 

 

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fluff

We seem to be going through a time of change. A year or more ago I would have agreed BDC was far ahead of the others.

More recently they have wained some and Expedia has more than taken up the slack along with direct bookings increasing massively.

Agoda's irksome behaviour has lead to them falling off the list percentage wise.

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2 months ago
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pibomarco

1. Booking.com (+75%)

2. Direct bookings

3. AirBnB

4. Expedia  

2 months ago
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Bandara Hotels…

For us this year we lose more than 50% of Booking.com guest. I believe it because our world economic and exchange rate affect. While other agent are continue grow.

2 months ago
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Andy

So far for me it has been:

BDC     90%

AirBnB  5%

Direct    5%

Trip Advisor 0%

However bookings have dropped at the moment, about the time I entered the "Preferred Partner" program so what few I'm getting I'm actually losing money due to commission.

1 month ago
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Debbie Rumsey

I have been listed on Booking for about a year now and have yet to receive 1 booking.

1. AirBnb

2. Flipkey (VRBO)

I have not listed yet on Expedia but may work on that today!

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1 month ago
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Leandri Klopper

Hi Don,

Interesting that I haven't heard of one or two of the platforms all of you are using. 

Booking.com has become such a valuable platform for us that we hired another employee to help us with the bookings that come through from there.

I am all for Growth and Developement in the sense that they try to find better ways of doing things, but I must say... it feels like every time I understand something they change it. Such as the Calendar. What I do like about their ever growing/changing way of doing things, is that we have seen an increase in the amount of bookings per property. They're certainly doing something right. 

 

25 days ago