Hotel search engines are a dime a dozen these days, but DealBase approaches this proposition from a very interesting angle ““ great deals and savings. Its simple site that make is easy to find best hotel deals and discount hotel rooms online.
The premise of how DealBase works is simple. Just search for a destination and you’ll be presented with a set of hotels which are currently running promotions. From there, you’ll be able to find the deals that make the most sense to you, and you’ll even get to compare that rate with the regular rate so you know exactly how much you’re saving. You can also of course apply filters to narrow and refine your search.
DealBase currently only works with destinations in the US, Mexico and the Caribbean, but it does a pretty good job in that area. It crawls over 3,500 different sources to track down deals for you and delivers them in a consistent format which is organized but hotels, tags, or destinations so it’s easy to find. According to their website, they currently serve up over 15,000 deals with an average savings of each deal working out to around USD$271, so it does seem pretty comprehensive.
So you know how simple it is to use, here’s a quick walkthrough of finding a deal in DealBase.
1. First, search for your destination (eg. New York City, or Los Angeles).
2. Next, you’ll be given a list of best hotel deals you can choose from, sort or filter down the deals further.
3. Now let’s say I’m interested in booking this hotel for my parents since I want to take advantage of the ‘senior rates’, I can see right away that I would be saving USD$127 per night, and get a 54% savings on my booking, which I can perform there and then. If I want to check current rates in the hotel, it’s just merely one click away via the official hotel website, so everything’s pretty much transparent.
4. One more useful feature would be the tagging function. This deal for example, was tagged ‘seniors’. All I need to do is click on the tag, and it will display ALL senior discount rates on the site, so you know where else you can take advantage of your status. This function works for other classifications as well of course, for example club memberships. Who knows? You might even change your holiday destination if you get a really good deal elsewhere!
DealBase’s policy is to be the best at displaying deals, and being completely unbiased about that. Choosing a hotel however, goes beyond just getting the best deal. Hotels are hardly commodities, and especially in the case of higher end hotels, you are paying for the experience more than anything else. Having ratings or at least tie-ups with rating sites would take DealBase to the next level, where currently you have to go off the site to do additional research about the hotel so you know you’re getting your money’s worth.
Shortcomings aside, DealBase is extremely simple to use, transparent and very functional site for finding best hotel deals from the convenience of your computer. Definitely worth a try.
Also check out Varun’s article on 5 sites to find the perfect hotel.
What other travel tools do you use to find the best hotel? Tell us in the comments!