How to use Google Hotels to always get the best deal
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Google Flights has long been my go-to site for searching for cheap flights. But Google also has Google Hotels, a simple search engine for finding and booking hotels and vacation rentals.
Google Hotels has features that make it easier to save and just like Google Flights, the site will let you know whether or not you’re getting a good deal. And you won’t book directly through Google, so you’ll still have the option of booking directly with the hotel (if it’s the lowest price) and using your favorite hotel credit card.
How to find cheap hotels using Google Hotels
Google Hotels allows you to easily search for hotel and vacation rental prices across multiple websites at the same time. I found the search filters useful and the map feature particularly handy. This is basically Google Flights for hotels – and that’s a good thing.
Here’s how to use Google Hotels.
Enter your search information
First you’ll need to enter the city, travel dates, and number of guests. You can also adjust the minimum and maximum price of your results. Once your search is complete you’ll be able to see the results in a list or on the map you see on the right side of the screen.
Google Hotels also has a bunch of filter options for your search.
Filter your search results
You can narrow your search to hotels with a specific rating, by the amenities you want, brands or other features, such as whether or not the price is a deal. For example, to limit your results to a specific review rating click on “Guest Rating” and choose the one you want.
Once you’ve selected the rating you want, click “Apply” to update the search results. You can click “Amenities” to further limit your search to hotels with perks like free Wi-Fi, free parking, or whether they are pet friendly.
After you’ve selected the amenities and click “Apply” your search results will update. If you’re looking for a specific class of hotel or the best deals, then click the “More Filters” button below where you entered your search information. Make your choices and click “Apply.”
One thing to note, if you search for “Just Deals” you’ll only see hotels that are priced below what you would normally expect for that specific hotel. So you may not necessarily be seeing the cheapest hotel in the area.
For some locations or dates, vacation rentals may not be available, so you won’t see that option in the search.
Book your room
Once you’ve found a place you want to book, click on it and you see a page like the one below. You don’t book rooms directly through Google Hotels; instead they give you options for which site you’d like to book through.
As I mentioned earlier, this is handy because you can quickly compare prices, and you have the option of booking directly with the hotel. That’s important if you want to earn points and elite night credits.
For this particular search, you could book this Hyatt Place hotel directly through the Hyatt website for ~$229 a night, once taxes & fees are included. Or you could book the same room for only ~$213 a night through Priceline or Agoda.
Being able to compare prices on different sites makes it easy to figure out whether it’s worth it to book direct. In this case, you’d save ~$16 by booking with a third-party site, but you’d sacrifice one elite night credit and 1,145 Hyatt points (Hyatt members earn five Hyatt points per $1 spent with Hyatt). You could be sacrificing even more if you have Hyatt elite status or if there are any Hyatt promotions you qualify for. On top of that, you can earn an extra 4x Hyatt points for eligible Hyatt purchases if you have the World of Hyatt Credit Card. So there’s a bit to consider before making a reservation.
Using Google Hotels to compare prices may also make it easier to take advantage of a hotel’s price-match guarantee. I’ve never put in the time and effort to use a hotel’s price-match guarantee because the fine print is thick and it can be a hassle. However, Hyatt has a simple best rate-guarantee policy. You are eligible for either 5,000 bonus Hyatt points or an additional 20% off if you find a cheaper, publicly available room-only rate within 24 hours of booking your Hyatt stay. If you’d like to comb through the terms of Hyatt’s guarantee, you can find them here.
Using Google Flights and Google Hotels
Before you use Google Hotels to book your accommodations, you should book your flights first. Google Flights is just as easy to use as Google Hotels, if you want a few tips read our guide to using Google Flights. I like to use it to find cheap airfare by comparing flights from my home airport to entire regions all at once. You can even setup Google Flight alerts and you’ll be notified when the price drops.
Google Hotels is a great option for comparing hotel prices across many different sites at the same time. And it’s particularly helpful if you have specific needs or wants in your accommodations because there are all sorts of different ways to filter your search results.
Have you tried out Google Hotels before? What do you think of it?
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