Luxury hotels can cost thousands of dollars per night — but they don’t have to.
Insiders know where to book a luxe hotel on the cheap. Of course there are the major online travel agencies like Priceline, Orbitz, and Hotels.com, but those are just a starting point for in-the-know travellers.
Here are 8 websites that let you book luxury hotels for less.
Jetsetter.com began as an offshoot of Gilt Groupe, but was acquired by TripAdvisor in 2013.
One of the original flash sale vacation sites, Jetsetter offers discounted rates at top hotels around the world. Their sales usually only last a week or so though, so if you see a hotel you're interested in, book a room before the sale expires. The site also allows users to book rooms at their curated hotels year-round -- though not at the same discount you'd find in a flash sale.
In addition to offering discounted rates to top hotels around the world, Luxury Link makes sure its users get other perks, like resort credit or complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi.
The site also offers the option of bidding on getaways at some properties for discounted rates through an auction.
Luxury Link works with Gilt Travel.
Secret Escapes is a members-only hotel booking site that negotiates rates with luxury hotels that are up to 70% off.
There's no fee to become a member. Simply enter your email address and you'll have access to the sales.
Part of the Starwood Hotel family, SPG Hot Escapes is the hotel group's flash sale site.
Every week, it lists discounted rates for stays at its properties within the next six weeks. Luxe Starwood brands include Le Meridien, W Hotels, Westin, and St. Regis, to name a few.
Splendia.com curates a collection of luxury boutique hotels around the world, and then offers exclusive discounted rates to its members. Each hotel featured on the site is personally vetted by a Splendia staffer.
The site uses a points system to reward returning users -- whom they call 'members' -- with perks like extra discounts and a personal assistant, who can make reservations and travel suggestions.
Tablet prides itself on its list of top-curated hotels: Its staffers anonymously visit each property featured on the site to personally vet the hotel. It also values guest reviews highly and will remove hotels that users panned.
It's constantly adding new hotels to its roster, and offers exclusive rates for the high-end properties. However, the best rates come with its Last Minute Tablet service, which offers discounted rates for same-night bookings.
For $US195 a year, users can purchase its Tablet Plus program, which gives them access to upgrades, perks, and bonus amenities at participating Tablet hotels.
Powered by Secret Escapes, Vacationist features flash sales to four- and five-star hotels around the world.
At any given time, the site features 40 flash sales to top properties. But in order to get access to the sales, you have to be a member of the site, which just entails signing up with an email address.
Voyage Privé call itself a 'members only luxury travel club,' offering discounted rates to luxury hotels around the world.
The France-based site offers deeply discounted rates (up to 70% off) through flash sales that last only five days.
Hotel Tonight is an app -- not a website -- but it allows travellers to book luxe hotels at deep discounts. The only catch: Bookings can only be made on the same day as your stay.
The app makes it easy to book a great hotel in just seconds.
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