Kayak.com and BestTravelCoupon.com. We love both of these travel booking sites. Both site work as a “search engine for travel deals”. However…one of them seems to do it much better which resulted in a change in our “Travel Search Engine” rankings in 2013.
Check out this hotel rate comparison between Kayak.com & BestTravelCoupon.com. (See Full Search Results Below)
We did a hotel price comparison on February 12, 2013. We searched Kayak and BestTravelCoupon.com for the hotel rates in 6 different cities. We searched 15 hotels in each city. A total of 90 hotels. Same dates. Same hotels. But one big difference…in almost every case, BestTravelCoupon.com posted the lowest rates.
We searched and compared hotel rates in Portland, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Diego, Toronto, and London. In each city, BestTravelCoupon consistently beat Kayak.
The first city of our price comparison was Portland where we randomly selected 15 hotels. In only 1 case, did Kayak beat BestTravelCoupon.com. Here are the final results of our price comparison:
Out of 90 searches, Kayak had the lowest rate only 5 times. The websites had the same rate on 13 occasions. BestTravelCoupon.com had the lowest rate on 72 different hotels.
Below we have some of the actual screenshots of some of the results from the different cities.
Low Rates & A Great Feature
One of the best features at BestTravelCoupon.com is they show the TOTAL COST of your hotel rate instantly. The posted rate includes all taxes and fees. Did you know that most travel sites do not work this way? Most of the travel sites require you to click on the hotel and go through 1-3 more pages before seeing the TOTAL COST (with the additional 10-15% for the “Taxes and Fees”).
Kayak does not display the TOTAL COST instantly. For example, in the first search you can see a rate of $199 for Kayak. However, the total cost is higher. The cost is actually $225/night for this room.
In the screenshots below you will see a posted rate on Kayak and then below it(and in smaller text) they will show you the TOTAL COST for the hotel. For the Kayak search we zoomed in on the rate for each hotel.
We searched for hotel rates on the same date (2/23/2013). You can see our results in the screenshots below.
The results show a clear winner! BestTravelCoupon.com is the best site to search for the lowest hotel rates.
Hotel 1: Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles.
Hotel 2: Park Grand London Heathrow Gateway, London England
Hotel 3: The Sofia Hotel, San Diego, CA
Hotel 4: Hotel Anatole, Dallas, Tx
Hotel 5: Hotel Vintage Plaza, Portland, OR
Hotel 6: Metropolitan Hotel, Toronto Canada
BestTravelCoupon.com and Kayak.com are “Travel Search Engine” type websites that allow you to search other travel sites for the lowest rates. For hotels, we suggest you start your search on BestTravelCoupon.com. They have the largest inventory of hotels, search more websites then Kayak, and offer the lowest rates of any travel website.
“You Can’t Argue With Price”…and this is where BestTravelCoupon.com pulls ahead of Kayak.