Agoda VS Booking.com - A Malaysian Mommy Traveler Perspective
I feel like that I wanted to do a bit of sharing on my preferences and my experiences while using both Agoda and Booking.com. It's my own tips and perspective so don't go bashing on my ideas! While that having said, both of these 'holiday' management websites are my most preferable ones. I had tried many others like Asiarooms and Expedia, but I realized that I usually will fall back on these two. Mainly, I think that it is user friendly and the bookings management tool are easier to update changes.
What are the steps when it comes to hotel booking?
- Finalize the destination. haha! This would be a pre-booking step. Everyone knows that transportation and accommodation would be the most expensive when it comes to travelling. So, I will go online find the most cheapest flight ticket *now, we have 4 butts to cover*. Got that done, find a hotel.
- Open up 3 tab's, browser of choice, type in booking.com, agoda and tripadvisor.
- Get the hotel that I find most appealing *which depends on the person* budget? comfort? kids friendly?
- Read up reviews *more like doing a paper research* Haha!
- Use the dates to get the price *now this would be the tricky part*. Usually, and I mean like seriously usually, agoda will have the most cheapest price BUT the terms are usually not to my liking. Example: Book and pay immediately, no cancellation, no breakfast (making the booking like blah...)
- Booking.com on the other hand are much more terms and condition friendly. Meaning I like. :) Payments will come only once you arrived at the hotel. You can make changes for FREE!! Yippiedoodah!
- So now, I will book like crazy. Skip the agoda, using booking.com and book all the hotels that I feel like staying. *Yup, I am crazy like that* In the end, I will finalize the hotels that most fits into my category. Got it?
- Should I discover agoda is so much cheaper than booking.com. I will still book through booking.com but as the travelling time is nearing and the price remains unchange (still cheap), I will cancel my booking over booking.com and book through agoda! Yeay as simple as that. Got it? I hope you do. :)
Booking.com manages your booking
Hotels that I happily canceled for free!
Book. Book. Book. Different hotels.
Agoda My bookings.
Pay now and you get a cheaper price.
You make the decision. Hope this helps!!