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Booking.com: 12% Cashback (Was 6%) @ ShopBack

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Just saw the banner on Shopback.

Looks like the highest ever cashback rate for booking.com.

Starts Monday 3/2 at 10am.

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$40 for referrer, $10 for referee after first confirmed cashback (minimum purchase $20, exclusions apply) and adding banking details.

Exclusions: Any other Shopback new customer bonus offers; Purchases from Uber, Kayo Sports, DoorDash, Hayu, Accor Hotels, Intercontinental Hotels Group, ShopBack Vouchers (Gift Cards), Woolworths Gift Cards, Circles.Life (list subject to change)

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  • +5 votes

    Cheaptickets almost always comes out cheaper with 16 percent off coupons. I've also found Agoda to be cheaper than booking.com

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      Cheaptickets FTW

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      Travala has booking.com listings and will price Match both. Also check ozbargin for a referal will give you $75 aud off your next booking or withdrawal for cash

  • +1 vote

    Interesting read. Basically says call the hotels directly to save$and the hotels
    https://www.travelweekly.com.au/article/accc-weighs-in-on-di...

    • +14 votes

      Yeah it often can be cheaper, although they usually just add in extras, rather then discount (free wifi or something silly)., but certainly not always. I got a week at a hotel last year, it was over $5k direct $4.5-5k most other places, but nabbed it for under $2k on Agoda.

      The year before I was in grizzly when they announced The Ashes date, I walked into the hotel/apartment block I wanted to stay and asked for rates (they’d just trembled the price), so I sat in their foyer and booked on booking.com got if for 1/3 of the price.

      A few years ago, the missus & I rocked up to a caravan pack to see about getting a cabin, they wanted $160/night, I showed them that I could get it for $110/night on Wotif & included a free newspaper, “it’s $160/night, $170 if you want the paper”, so I went outside, booked it came back in 15, the bloke was very pee’d off. Late we wanted to add an extra night “That’ll be $170”, err I can do it online for $110, “fine! But you don’t get the paper”.

      The thing with booking sites, they often guarantee the hotel owners so many nights a year and if they’re not looking like they’ll get their quota, they’ll drop their price.

      TLDR: As usual shop around, websites & directly to find the best deal.

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      Guy I know owns the largest hotel in a town of 25k. His solution? Booking direct and booking through websites is exactly the same.

      The only real way you'll get a saving is through cashback.

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        Its basically a massive mixed bag like a lot of things is. I've had wildly mixed experiences going direct. Just as likely to not save a penny.

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        Shouldn't be? Booking through booking.com/Agoda/Expedia etc… All comes with a 10+% commission.

        If pricing is the same to book direct vs through those websites ask to speak to the manager and say let's split the commission rate, so if you beat the price by 5% we both win. They should do it if they are allowed.

        Source: I was a GM of a serviced apartment group

        • +1 vote

          Shouldn't be but is! The only difference with booking direct is you get access to all the room types. Rather than just a small handful of cheaper options.

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      Not always the case. I have walked up to a hotel and they gave me a higher price than going through agoda and told me to book online if i can get cheaper. So i went to sit at their lobby, used my phone & booked and then went back to reception to check in.

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      I would use some aggregators instead, for example, www.hotelscombined.com.au. You can easily find the same hotel 20-30% cheaper than on booking.com. And at the same time, you will still have protection from a booking agency. Hotels can easily sacrifice direct clients if favour of booking.com, agoda, hotels.com, etc. clients because reputation and rating on this booking agencies are very important for them.

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      While that is often the case, I do know of one hotel chain that has their own website booking system, even makes the password for WiFi “bookdirectandsave” and in addition to lying about features that are already included anyway charge MORE than booking.com does for same room.

  • +16 votes

    Tried cash back sites on booking.com. Always comes up with a more expensive price once you activate cash back.

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      I started using cash back service recently and suspected same thing, so I kept my eye very close on this and compared different sites with different cash back rates. Never noticed price change - i checked it thoroughly.
      For sure, prices can be different on different sites, so what you need to do is to factor site's loyalty points and cash back rate to get final price, sometimes initially higher price may get lower comparing to some other site with lower or no cash back rate and lower initial price.
      It's just my experience. Your's may be different.

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      I don't have that experience. Can you elaborate with example?

    • +1 vote

      Yes, I have noticed that too a few times.

      That bring said, on all occasions the price was jacked up only by 2-3% so using a cashback service was still a better deal.

    • +1 vote

      Same with agoda and aliexpress. Cheapest ive found is using tripadvisor and selecting from there.

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      I got the same experience with Agoda as well. The price goes up when going through the shopback instead of using the agoda app. At least, it is better to check both the shopback and the booking.com

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      They got more devious now too, in the past it was just higher prices which are easy to spot. Last time I booked I found same price, but different booking conditions, i.e. no free cancellation. Not nice!

      All up though, with 12% off, you're very likely to be better off than booking elsewhere. So this deal still gets a + from me.

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      Where as my recent booking, price was exactly the same with or without cashback

  • +4 votes

    Yes I've logged in to Booking.com without cashrewards.
    1. Searched for a hotel for same date and hotel
    2. Then activate cashback and look for same hotel and date, always more expensive
    3. Open another browser, same hotel and date, it shows the lower price
    4. activate cashback again, price goes up again

    • -4 votes

      Please post the numbers here, e.g. how much higher the price is with cashback. If it is less than 12%, then your neg vote is not justified.

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        The fact is if direct gets you cheaper prices then you're better off going direct.
        I tried it last time and I know that it was cheaper to go direct rather than going back cash back

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          it does depend on the hotel - i would say 50% of them go up in price if you use cashback

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      Same thing happened with Virgin Australia, when they recently had increased cash back. More flight options and cheaper when not going via cashback sites.

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      Most 3rd party booking sites do the same thing.
      Different affiliate links come up with different prices, the ones through cashback websites are always more expensive.

      If you want to find the cheapest price, usually have to search around for different affiliate links and see which one yields the lowest price.

  • +8 votes

    Have noticed that going from shopback to booking.com is more expensive multiple times whilst booking hotels in the last few days.
    If you click from TripAdvisor, price is usually the cheapest
    Then when going to Booking.com from shopback they hike the price so it exceeds at least any savings from a 6% cash back. Just be aware/check when this deal goes live because you may not be getting any savings at all.
    I think this is a bit of a dodgy practice, prices on booking.com change if you come from google/shopback/or TripAdvisor

    • +1 vote

      I found exactly the same last couple of times I also took some screenshots.
      This is a complete scam bybooking.com

  • +2 votes

    Booking.com cashback is a whole big scam.
    I tried it with my login in incognito when I go via cash back to booking.com The prices are almost always higher for the same hotel for the same dates.
    Try it yourself. It's kind of pointless if they charge you more upfront and then give you cash back.

    And the stupid thing is they do it for the same person, at my level I already get some discounts purely by logging in. So do not trust this cash back, try logging in and direct method first. thanks

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    How does cashback work if the hotel wants you to pay when you get there(after booking it on booking.com etc.) ? Does that mean you won't get any cash back even though you used the site?

    • +1 vote

      Still works. Booking.com still gets their commission if you pay at the hotel, and part of that goes back to you as cash back.

  • +4 votes

    As above, cashback on booking.com is a farse. Further, if you use ANY type of discount/offer and i mean ANY, you wont receive it. The booking asked if i wanted 10% off by paying upfront and they canceled my cashback because of this. Any genie discounts will remove cashback too. I wouldnt rely on cashback coming through for booking.com because even when i didnt use any discount, i still was not paid out

    • +1 vote

      Wait if genius bonuses remove cashback this is the stupidest shit ever.

      I rarely neg deals but this is borderline.

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        Yup… its ridiculous

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      Any genie discounts will remove cashback too

      Seriously?? That practically makes this a new customer only offer.

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    I haven't had a good experience with cashbacks on booking.com, but I have found that using the mobile app can get you a 10% discount at a lot of places without increasing the price you see on desktop. Not as good as 12%, but much safer imo.

  • +1 vote

    I've had quite the opposite experience to seemingly everyone else here. Booking.com price has not increased when going through cashback vs not going through cashback, haved used my genius discount multiple times without having cashback cancelled by shopback. Honestly don't know what you're all complaining about.

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      It's only some hotels that increase in price

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        Must be those they have low margin

  • +1 vote

    I've just checked a $6000 September ski apartment rental and the price is exactly the same direct to Booking.com and via Shopback to Booking.com. I had the same experience with a Colorado booking in December last AND I already have the cash back in the bank. Works for me .. :-) .. !! +10!!

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    Use the extension once you've found the "cheapest price" and started checking out. Often it won't jack the prices like it would clicking from the cashback site.

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      Thanks for the tip

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      I always use the extension and have never seen a price jump either.

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      Ahh .. what do you mean by 'the extension' please??

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        Browser extension for whatever cashback service you use

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    Have compared countless times using prices direct from google versus price using cashback. The "discount code" applied by going through google is always cheaper. I recently had a room for $300, once I came through the cashback links it had jacked up to $330 with a 6% discount.

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      Where as i always see same price with or without cashback.. so i guess it comes down to when you book or something

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    Just compared the hotel I am planning to book. Price went from $800 with free cancellation to $850 non-refundable.

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    I looked through all the terms and conditions but can not determine if I can stack this with a 10% off booking.com code I was sent. Anyone else try this before?

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    What does this mean ?
    Cashback is not qualified for - Booking.basic reservations and Bookings on External pages are not applicable for Cashback

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    No change to prices for me - worked and tracked just fine on two bookings.

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    no price hikes for me either, worked and tracked 3 bookings.

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    Hmm, I'm losing faith in Booking.com, I've tried to purchase about 6 times now across multiple devices with different credit cards, and the website keeps erroring while its processing my payment.