line travel agencies make it easy to search a wide variety of airfare
and hotel options, but what you get in convenience you lose in benefits
and protections. As TPG Contributor Akash Gupta explains, it’s almost
always smarter to book directly with the travel provider.広島から成田
the past few years, airlines and hotels have been endeavoring to cut
online travel agencies (OTAs) like Expedia and Priceline from the
booking process in an effort to bolster profits. But putting aside the
interests of travel brands, are there any tangible advantages to booking
directly with the service provider? You bet there are! By booking
direct, you enjoy some distinct advantages. Here are seven of them:
1. You’re usually guaranteed to get the lowest price available.
encountered numerous instances when prices quoted by travel integration
platforms were much higher than on airlines’ or hotels’ own websites.
The most recent example of this was a fare from LAX to DFW on Spirit.
Whereas Spirit’s own website displayed just $68 round-trip, OTAs showed
prices between $126 and $176 – a difference of at least 85% for the same
flights! It’s not surprising to find similar differences in prices for
Even in cases where you find lower fares or room rates
elsewhere, you can simply call the airline or hotel to take advantage of
the “best rate guarantee” that’s commonplace nowadays. They’ll either
match the price or refund the difference, potentially even throwing in
credit vouchers or discount codes for use on future bookings.