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Posted 24th Nov 2019

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I’m a b&b owner who hasn’t signed up to this offer but here is the email I got today about this offer. Booking.com charge owners extra commission for accepting genius bookings - they bleed every bit of blood out of owners to increase their turnover yet don’t offer any commission discounts to us. Anyway-


Dear Partner,From today, Genius users have early access to the sale for 2 days before its official launch.Offer 40% off during the sale and you’ll get:
  • a special Black Friday Sale badge for your property
  • placement on a dedicated Black Friday Sale page accessible from the Booking.com home screen
  • features in Black Friday emails and other marketing initiatives including pay-per-click adverts and push notifications in our app
  • support from our partnerships, such as emails from airlines we work with to their customers
  • your discounted price on price comparison sites including Google
Looking for more business in the coming months? It’s not too late to join the sale from 27 November to 2 December, for stays until 31 March.Black Friday is the biggest shopping week of the year, so don’t miss out on this huge opportunity to boost your visibility and attract new guests before they book with your competitive set.
I use Booking.com. and Expedia, and both have pretty much the same rates. Booking.com bombard me with supposed 50% off deals that are exactly the same as Expedia's price.
However... the difference is that I use Topcashback, which generally gives me between 9-11% off Expedia hotel bookings, whereas Booking.com only gives 3%.
In August, I got back £330 on a trip to America from Expedia via Topcashback. On Booking.com, that would have been £90.
No idea what will be offered on this deal, but recommend you look at the rates of cashback available from TCB and Quidco first.
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hi

Has anyone had experience of a previous Bookings.com Black Friday sale?

We've a number of bookings in NZ next year and wonder if we should cancel/rebook or upgrade.

Is it really 40% off or UP TO 40% off selected hotels?

Thanks in advance.
I have just signed into booking.com as i can book now and the prices are the same whether you book normally or with their so called 40% off
TheAllenFamily24/11/2019 15:01

hiHas anyone had experience of a previous Bookings.com Black Friday …hiHas anyone had experience of a previous Bookings.com Black Friday sale?We've a number of bookings in NZ next year and wonder if we should cancel/rebook or upgrade.Is it really 40% off or UP TO 40% off selected hotels?Thanks in advance.


Small prints says 'off selected stays'. It's quite vague as to what that means, but I imagine it will be quite limited. Hopefully not.
TheAllenFamily24/11/2019 15:01

hiHas anyone had experience of a previous Bookings.com Black Friday …hiHas anyone had experience of a previous Bookings.com Black Friday sale?We've a number of bookings in NZ next year and wonder if we should cancel/rebook or upgrade.Is it really 40% off or UP TO 40% off selected hotels?Thanks in advance.


...rebook first, if there will be better prices and then cancel the old ones
manshez26924/11/2019 15:11

I have just signed into booking.com as i can book now and the prices are …I have just signed into booking.com as i can book now and the prices are the same whether you book normally or with their so called 40% off

Mine has a clock ticking down with over 16 hours to go before I can access sale prices. Do higher level 'geniuses' get earlier access than others. Think I'm just a basic genius
Needle in a haystack really
it will be the same hotel con as usual where they pretend they are on offer - hence why the Eu is investigating all this type of hotel type as they must think people are stupid
manshez26924/11/2019 15:11

I have just signed into booking.com as i can book now and the prices are …I have just signed into booking.com as i can book now and the prices are the same whether you book normally or with their so called 40% off


How can you book now as I thought even Genius members had to wait until 8am tomorrow?

I'm a Level 2 Genius. My wife tells me the same.
Edited by: "TheAllenFamily" 24th Nov 2019
I’m a b&b owner who hasn’t signed up to this offer but here is the email I got today about this offer. Booking.com charge owners extra commission for accepting genius bookings - they bleed every bit of blood out of owners to increase their turnover yet don’t offer any commission discounts to us. Anyway-


Dear Partner,From today, Genius users have early access to the sale for 2 days before its official launch.Offer 40% off during the sale and you’ll get:
  • a special Black Friday Sale badge for your property
  • placement on a dedicated Black Friday Sale page accessible from the Booking.com home screen
  • features in Black Friday emails and other marketing initiatives including pay-per-click adverts and push notifications in our app
  • support from our partnerships, such as emails from airlines we work with to their customers
  • your discounted price on price comparison sites including Google
Looking for more business in the coming months? It’s not too late to join the sale from 27 November to 2 December, for stays until 31 March.Black Friday is the biggest shopping week of the year, so don’t miss out on this huge opportunity to boost your visibility and attract new guests before they book with your competitive set.
It wont be every property as stated normally it will be a select few so i wouldnt hold my breath if you need to book
I use Booking.com. and Expedia, and both have pretty much the same rates. Booking.com bombard me with supposed 50% off deals that are exactly the same as Expedia's price.
However... the difference is that I use Topcashback, which generally gives me between 9-11% off Expedia hotel bookings, whereas Booking.com only gives 3%.
In August, I got back £330 on a trip to America from Expedia via Topcashback. On Booking.com, that would have been £90.
No idea what will be offered on this deal, but recommend you look at the rates of cashback available from TCB and Quidco first.
Bestbitter24/11/2019 15:32

I use Booking.com. and Expedia, and both have pretty much the same rates. …I use Booking.com. and Expedia, and both have pretty much the same rates. Booking.com bombard me with supposed 50% off deals that are exactly the same as Expedia's price.However... the difference is that I use Topcashback, which generally gives me between 9-11% off Expedia hotel bookings, whereas Booking.com only gives 3%. In August, I got back £330 on a trip to America from Expedia via Topcashback. On Booking.com, that would have been £90.No idea what will be offered on this deal, but recommend you look at the rates of cashback available from TCB and Quidco first.


Thanks for making me look at TCB. They're doing 11% off hotel bookings of 2 nights or more until the end of today.
TheAllenFamily24/11/2019 15:46

Thanks for making me look at TCB. They're doing 11% off hotel bookings of …Thanks for making me look at TCB. They're doing 11% off hotel bookings of 2 nights or more until the end of today.


This rate swings between 6% and 11% every week or so, and it is worth monitoring depending on your needs. Recently, car hire and experiences were at 11%, and hotels at 8%, next week will be different again. But in my experience, I have alwayd been able to get 10-11% for hotels, and it has not dropped below 6%.
The Topcashback site itself is worth looking at for a huge number of merchants, and is really just free money! In the last 5 years, I have been paid over £2,700. What's not to like?!!

Getting back to the post, I am generally better off using Expedia rather than Booking.com, even after their 'promotions'. The real decider, though, is the rate of cashback from TCB.
Edited by: "Bestbitter" 24th Nov 2019
Bestbitter24/11/2019 15:57

This rate swings between 6% and 11% every week or so, and it is worth …This rate swings between 6% and 11% every week or so, and it is worth monitoring depending on your needs. Recently, car hire and experiences were at 11%, and hotels at 8%, next week will be different again. But in my experience, I have alwayd been able to get 10-11% for hotels, and it has not dropped below 6%.The Topcashback site itself is worth looking at for a huge number of merchants, and is really just free money! In the last 5 years, I have been paid over £2,700. What's not to like?!! Getting back to the post, I am generally better off using Expedia rather than Booking.com, even after their 'promotions'. The real decider, though, is the rate of cashback from TCB.


Already a TCB member with similar earnings but when I looked at time of booking they were only offering 1%. I thought that I might as well book direct with the hotel to have more control over room selection etc. However, at 11%, I think I'll book via Expedia.
TheAllenFamily24/11/2019 16:12

Already a TCB member with similar earnings but when I looked at time of …Already a TCB member with similar earnings but when I looked at time of booking they were only offering 1%. I thought that I might as well book direct with the hotel to have more control over room selection etc. However, at 11%, I think I'll book via Expedia.



What I like going through Expedia, is the option to pay or reserve now in £ or pay at hotel in local currency, so a lot of control over the fluctuation of the exchange rates. Also the option to cancel free of charge, up until a couple of days before. If the price drops, I just cancel and rebook, dependant on the TCB rate.
Ive used booking.con for 4 yrs. and most of the time they con you with their prices and the true availability of rooms and hotels. I find its cheaper to book just the first 2 days and then negotiate the rest with the hotel or one nearby and you get far better prices. as they save the commission and get paid immediately by you instead of waiting for bookings.con.
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Bestbitter24/11/2019 15:32

I use Booking.com. and Expedia, and both have pretty much the same rates. …I use Booking.com. and Expedia, and both have pretty much the same rates. Booking.com bombard me with supposed 50% off deals that are exactly the same as Expedia's price.However... the difference is that I use Topcashback, which generally gives me between 9-11% off Expedia hotel bookings, whereas Booking.com only gives 3%. In August, I got back £330 on a trip to America from Expedia via Topcashback. On Booking.com, that would have been £90.No idea what will be offered on this deal, but recommend you look at the rates of cashback available from TCB and Quidco first.


It's not really surprising they have very similar rates as other than things like coupons codes, cashback and genius discounts Booking.com and Expedia (the same with Hotels.com) do not decide what price a rooms sells at. The hotel uploads prices and hotel information itself.
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ANDYGUY24/11/2019 16:40

Ive used booking.con for 4 yrs. and most of the time they con you with …Ive used booking.con for 4 yrs. and most of the time they con you with their prices and the true availability of rooms and hotels. I find its cheaper to book just the first 2 days and then negotiate the rest with the hotel or one nearby and you get far better prices. as they save the commission and get paid immediately by you instead of waiting for bookings.con.


Would it not just be less hassle to contact the hotel in the first place and book direct if the hotel is able to offer a better deal?
I am travelling around SE Asia for most of December and still have 3 hotels to book.

I have access from 8am tomorrow, but won't be holding my breath.
Personally prefer to use Travala.com - I always used to price match with booking but don't even bother now, they always seem to beat them on prices
Bookings.com do their best not to print the hotel tel numbers when perusing their sites and occasionally once you have paid they may put them on your receipt. You can do an international directory enquirers i guess. I was in china for a month last yr and found much better prices within walking distance of my initial booking of 2 days . Almost between 25% and 30%..Which over a month was a considerable saving. I am an independent traveler and not travelling with family which i guess makes it easier.
TheAllenFamily24/11/2019 15:23

How can you book now as I thought even Genius members had to wait until …How can you book now as I thought even Genius members had to wait until 8am tomorrow?I'm a Level 2 Genius. My wife tells me the same.



I'm level 2 as well, can't book until tomorrow morning.
Early access begins in 20 minutes.
I would never book with them again after they cancelled my stay in Pisa (1 week before travel) just so they could increase the prices for the same night 😡
blondi125/11/2019 19:45

I would never book with them again after they cancelled my stay in Pisa (1 …I would never book with them again after they cancelled my stay in Pisa (1 week before travel) just so they could increase the prices for the same night 😡


I imagine that was the hotel themselves? Booking.com is just an intermediary
Just had a look at three places im planning trips too next year (london last weekend of feb, and first two weekends in march in liverpool and birmingham) and nothing..same prices and hotels that were available a couple of days ago.
Edited by: "crippsy99" 25th Nov 2019
Bestbitter24/11/2019 15:32

I use Booking.com. and Expedia, and both have pretty much the same rates. …I use Booking.com. and Expedia, and both have pretty much the same rates. Booking.com bombard me with supposed 50% off deals that are exactly the same as Expedia's price.However... the difference is that I use Topcashback, which generally gives me between 9-11% off Expedia hotel bookings, whereas Booking.com only gives 3%. In August, I got back £330 on a trip to America from Expedia via Topcashback. On Booking.com, that would have been £90.No idea what will be offered on this deal, but recommend you look at the rates of cashback available from TCB and Quidco first.


Beware of cashback as I've noticed the prices rise when using quidco on several booking companies , I find the best price is often from trivago. It's amusing I often have agoda open in 3 Windows with 3 different prices. It's naughty of them
Lexeus25/11/2019 22:43

I imagine that was the hotel themselves? Booking.com is just an …I imagine that was the hotel themselves? Booking.com is just an intermediary


As you say that would be the hotel and I would assume they wouldn't be allowed to do that by Booking.com.
Ouzoherb26/11/2019 08:32

Beware of cashback as I've noticed the prices rise when using quidco on …Beware of cashback as I've noticed the prices rise when using quidco on several booking companies , I find the best price is often from trivago. It's amusing I often have agoda open in 3 Windows with 3 different prices. It's naughty of them


Also remember just booking direct with Hotels.com with their stay 10 nights and get one free thing they always give you that you automatically get 9% back on your bookings as long as.you make 10 nights.
peakbear26/11/2019 18:50

Also remember just booking direct with Hotels.com with their stay 10 …Also remember just booking direct with Hotels.com with their stay 10 nights and get one free thing they always give you that you automatically get 9% back on your bookings as long as.you make 10 nights.


Booking.com have far more hotels available than the other sites which in some countries barely show up at all. Also sites like Agoda are far more popular in some countries too.
Lexeus25/11/2019 22:43

I imagine that was the hotel themselves? Booking.com is just an …I imagine that was the hotel themselves? Booking.com is just an intermediary


That is probably true but they were very unhelpful and didn’t even help me find alternative accommodation. I just assumed my stay would be safe or at least offered somewhere else?!
peakbear26/11/2019 18:47

As you say that would be the hotel and I would assume they wouldn't be …As you say that would be the hotel and I would assume they wouldn't be allowed to do that by Booking.com.


Whether they were allowed to or not, they did. My booking was cancelled with no explanation and when I checked the prices of the same hotel/same night the prices had dramatically increased. Booking.com were useless.
Edited by: "blondi1" 26th Nov 2019
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peakbear26/11/2019 18:47

As you say that would be the hotel and I would assume they wouldn't be …As you say that would be the hotel and I would assume they wouldn't be allowed to do that by Booking.com.


How exactly would Booking.com, as an intermediary, not allow them to do that?
blondi126/11/2019 20:14

Whether they were allowed to or not, they did. My booking was cancelled …Whether they were allowed to or not, they did. My booking was cancelled with no explanation and when I checked the prices of the same hotel/same night the prices had dramatically increased. Booking.com were useless.


Essentially booking.com are less interested in helping you than even a credit card company would be, they are just offering a intermediary booking service with no brand assurance. Those assurances you only get when you book with a hotel chain or brand, and even then sometimes you turn up and find the hotel is half way through noisy refurbishments, but at least then complaints don’t usually fall on deaf ears.

Plus there is the fact that most of these rentable apartment types in Italy are all crooks often featuring photos of facilities of very questionable accuracy. The same cancellation problems happen when sporting events etc are announced in places in the uk. After all they only care about the money... just like you only care about the price
blondi126/11/2019 20:14

Whether they were allowed to or not, they did. My booking was cancelled …Whether they were allowed to or not, they did. My booking was cancelled with no explanation and when I checked the prices of the same hotel/same night the prices had dramatically increased. Booking.com were useless.


How was it resolved in the end? What did the hotel say?
peakbear26/11/2019 18:50

Also remember just booking direct with Hotels.com with their stay 10 …Also remember just booking direct with Hotels.com with their stay 10 nights and get one free thing they always give you that you automatically get 9% back on your bookings as long as.you make 10 nights.



I thought this offer was on 'selected' hotels only?
flowersofwar27/11/2019 06:55

How was it resolved in the end? What did the hotel say?


I got a refund and had to book elsewhere. Not ideal so close to my trip! x
TheAllenFamily24/11/2019 16:12

Already a TCB member with similar earnings but when I looked at time of …Already a TCB member with similar earnings but when I looked at time of booking they were only offering 1%. I thought that I might as well book direct with the hotel to have more control over room selection etc. However, at 11%, I think I'll book via Expedia.


Ebookers is better value and part of the Expedia group. Generally you can always get a code of 10% or more, occasionally 18% pops up and you also get credit to put towards future bookings.
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