Book Direct, Save the Fee, and Get a Reward!
This is our new motto! We have joined a new B & B directory, bookdirectrewards.com, in order to encourage guests to book a room directly through our website instead of an OTA. Okay so you are wondering just what is an OTA? An OTA is an On-line Travel Agent, examples of which are Expedia, booking.com, Home Away, VRBO, Airbnb. There are actually 58 of these OTA’s listed on Wikipedia. That will require a lot of search time. Also, when you book accommodations through one of these types of sites you are allowing them to control your reservation. All communication and payment goes through their website as they own the reservation not the host that you will be staying with. And with each reservation made the guest will pay a commission to them as will the host offering the room. These big corporations then just get bigger and more controlling. And how have you found their customer service when you have a problem or a question? Is it a phone tree, a long wait. an unfriendly or unknowledgeable customer rep?
But when you Book Direct with Hallauer House B & B you, the perspective guest, know that your reservation is handled only by the B & B owner not a corporation. You can also receive perks and rewards that you will not get with an OTA.
Some reasons to book direct with us and save the fee:
- You will know our first and last names from our website.
- You will know our exact address up front before you book, not after.
- You will be able to check reviews from TripAdvisor and Google instead of just the OTA you are booking with.
- You will pay no hidden fees, such as a cleaning fee, a commission, or a resort fee.
- You will know that we respect the law as we are paying the required bed tax for the community.
- You will be able to talk to us and ask about unadvertised specials, discounts, or upgrades.
- You will be able to see more pictures and get more information about the B & B by going directly to our website. OTA’s allow few pictures and limited information.
- You will be able to add on a special package or experience that we cannot advertise on an OTA and take advantage of our military discounts and free night!
- You will be able to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and watch our videos on YouTube.
- You will be able to participate on Social Media in our occasional contest to win reduced or free nights, like our Name the Balancing Stone Contest!
- You will be able to join our LOYALTY program to earn a FREE night. This is only available for guests who Book Direct with us.
- You will deal directly with us instead of customer service if you have a problem.
- You can be put on a wait list if we are full for the date you want and then we can call you if there is a cancellation.
- You can rest assured that you are staying in an award winning bed & breakfast.
Be a smart searcher!
In years past I have searched the OTA’s when planning a personal trip from airlines, to hotel rooms, to car rentals, to bed and breakfasts, and even Amtrak. I find what I think is a deal on one of them and then when I go directly to the airline or hotel or B & B site I find a better price, or the exact same deal! In fact on one occasion I booked a hotel room on an OTA for a cheap price but then needed to cancel. But overlooked by me was a no refund policy in the reservation. Goodbye $99.00! So browse the OTA and when you find something you like make sure to go to that B & B’s own website. Check out the specials. Get the facts. Don’t be fooled! Be cool! Book Direct!
So to encourage guests to Book Direct – Save the Fee – Get a Reward we are offering the following reward:
A Toast to Cheese and Champagne!
As a thank you for booking directly with us instead of an on-line booking agent we are rewarding you with a bottle of Champagne and a cheese platter upon arrival. Just let us know when you are booking that you found us on bookdirectrewards.com or through this BLOG post and we will have your Champagne chilled and your cheese tray ready!
Rewards will change periodically so keep checking back to see what is new. And spread the word to friends and family that Book Direct is the way to make a reservation.