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Club1Hotels is a new membership based travel site that promises to deliver special wholesale pricing on hotels, car rentals, and tours.
Membership isn’t cheap – at over $600 a year – but it’s that membership requirement that lets them offer wholesale rates. The hook is that until October 31 they’re offering one year of membership for free, with no credit card required, letting you try it out for your next vacation search without getting billed when the free trial ends in a year.
There are lots of sites that promise to save on hotels, but few regularly beat a combination of using the hotel’s own website, or comparison sites like Trivago, to find the lowest rates. Of course sites like Priceline and Hotwire can save even more, but you’re gambling by not knowing the hotel you’re booking in advance, and Hotel Tonight can offer some great savings on hotels you can see in advance, but you can only book a week ahead of time with them.
We put Club1Hotels through the paces for several vacation destinations during Memorial Day weekend in May, and were surprised at some of the savings.
It didn’t always beat other sites, but we found enough big savings that it’s worth checking, especially if you have a specific hotel in mind and want to lock in the lowest possible rate.
While the site is positioned to serve the ultra high end luxury market that craves $500+ a night hotels, the hotels it displays are pretty comprehensive up and down the price spectrum, so if you’re looking for budget options you’ll find plenty.
We limited our search to 4 and 5 star hotels that are available for under $400 a night, and found no shortage of options, with many of the best rates flexible with no cancellation penalties until very close to arrival..
The Waldorf Astoria Grand Wailea is available for $334 a night on a holiday weekend, with no penalty for cancellation until just a few days before your stay….
Compared to $474 a night on the Hilton website…saving you over $100 a night. It’s a great way to add a night or two onto a stay you’ve booked with HHonors points without breaking the bank.
If you want even higher end, the Fairmont Kea Lani is available for $418 a night on Club1Hotels…
Saving almost $200 off the best rate on Trivago for the same night
Get the Waldorf Astoria near Disney World for $231 a night on a holiday weekend with no prepayment…
Compared to $280 a night on the Hilton website…
You can get the Hotel Triton, which was once a Kimpton property for about $150 all-in…
While the lowest price before tax for a comparable hotel in San Francisco is $159 on Trivago, which ends up closer to $200 when you factor all the taxes and fees.
There’s no shortage of savings in London…
The Hilton Hyde Park is available for $130 a night…
Much better than the $164 a night Hilton HHonors rate.
You can get the Intercontinental Park Lane for $274 a night, with no prepayment needed…
Compared to $400 a night for a flexible rate, and $300 for an advance payment rate.
Luxury at a good price is in Italy too…here’s the Chateau Monfort for $173 a night…
Saving almost 30% off the lowest price online of $240.
Not everything’s a great deal on Club1Hotels.
The site is pretty clunky with a difficult to navigate interface, a default setting that shows the most expensive hotels first, and the same hotel often listed multiple times when you search, with different prices, so you have to put in some effort to find the best deals.
But we’ve seen enough instances where it beats the prices you’ll see on a hotel’s own website or a good comparison site like Trivago that it’s worth a place in your arsenal of tools to find the best hotel rates for your next trip.
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