As I mentioned in my write-up on Hotels.com here, it’s still hard to beat the ease and pricing that’s available with Priceline’s “Name Your Own Price” and “Express Deals” features (especially when combined with these coupon offers).
However, there are a few areas where Expedia shines and it may be a better fit for some concerning hotel deals.
Firstly, when you’re searching for advertised hotel prices, the offers are generally the same:
Above you can see that the nightly rate for the same hotels, using the same search criteria, were the identical.
One advantage with Expedia is that it displays which hotels offer you the option of booking your room, and being able to pay later once you’ve had your stay (see the √Book Now, Pay Later above). It was difficult finding this option through Priceline, and perhaps it just wasn’t available most of the time.
Secondly, Expedia generally has a great deal more customer reviews to help in your decision, along with the hotel rating from TripAdvisor. If you’re new to traveling, TripAdvisor is pretty much the go-to source for first-hand traveler experiences and input.
Taking these points into account, you may find yourself saving some time by using Expedia over Priceline when you want to know the exact hotel you’re getting.
Expedia Rewards Program
Another big plus for Expedia is their free to join Expedia+ Rewards Program. Through this program you can accumulate Rewards points which you can later redeem towards travel. Expedia will often provide you with special bonus points earning opportunities as well. Get all the details on their Rewards Program here.
Hotel Price Guarantee
Once you’ve signed up as an Expedia+ member, you’ll get the extended Hotel Price Guarantee that stays in effect up until the midnight before your stay. In the event you find a cheaper rate for your hotel online during that time frame, you can get reimbursed the difference in cost.
Also, the overall Expedia Best Price Guarantee will already allow you to get a $50 payout, should you find a cheaper rate online within 24 hours of booking your hotel. Pretty awesome. 🙂
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