Hotel Aggregator & Bed Bank Programs

?   Hotels.com – Arguably the largest and most widely recognized hotel aggregator in the world, Hotels.com has a database of more than 70,000 properties worldwide, spanning lodging properties from hotels to bed-and-breakfasts, condos and all-inclusive resorts.
They also offer consumer reviews about many of the properties listed, Destination Guides that provide a wide variety of dining, shopping, sightseeing, nightlife, and cultural information for over 220 cities, and some terrific website functionally like Multiple Language and Currency Options for better conversions, and 24/7 Call Center Support for ‘Special Internet Rates’.

Among the features of their travel affiliate program is an option for affiliates to co-brand their site, enabling them to “…build on the trust and recognition consumers have for the Interactive Affiliate Network name (IAN also includes expedia, hotwire, tripadvisor, and a number of other leading online travel sites) while retaining the look and feel of your own site.”

Check-out all of the various travel affiliate program features that hotels.com has to offer here.

?   HotelClub and Rates to Go – Owned by the same folks that operate  Orbitz.com, cheaptickets.com and ebookers.com, HotelClub together with their sister companies, RatesToGo.com and asia-hotels.com, consolidates rooms from more than 48,000 hotels located in over 5,600 destinations in 126 countries around the world, and offers them at significant discounts to both leisure and business travelers.

Recognizing differences in travel consumer booking needs and habits, they provide two different services in one convenient website:

- Advanced bookings, where consumers can reserve rooms up to one year in
advance of their stay
- Last minute bookings, with inventory and rates provided by RatesToGo.com

And they provide these services in fourteen languages including: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), Japanese, Korean, and Thai.

To learn more about HotelClub and its sister company RatesToGo, click here.

?   Agoda.com and Booking.com - both owned by Priceline, the major US online travel agency (OTA), Agoda.com and Booking.com are major players in their key market, Asia Pacific and Europe, respectively.

- Agoda specializes in securing the lowest discount hotel prices in Asia Pacific. Based in Singapore with operations in 13 other Asian cities, Agoda’s bed bank network includes some 8,000 hotels in Asia and more than 49,000 worldwide.

- Booking.com is considered to be Europe’s leading online hotel aggregator based on total room nights sold. Booking.com offers rates for any type of property, ranging from small independent hotels through to a five star luxury. The site is available in 21 languages and offers over 60,000 hotels in 71 countries.

Both are also available to US travelers, so travel affiliates in the States should consider how either or both bed banks might fit within their product portfolio.

For details about Agoda’s travel affiliate program, click here; or here for Booking.com.

?   GTA Hotels/Gullivers Travel Service - Perhaps the largest bed aggregator in terms of sheer geographic scale, GTA offers offer discounted hotel accommodation in nearly 9,000 cities that span 167 countries around the world, as well as 3,000 transfers, activities, and attraction tickets and sightseeing tours in many of these destinations.

To give you an idea of their reach and scale, here are some dated (but still telling) statistics about GTA: in 2003, they sold more than 920,000 bed nights in Paris, and more than 890,000 bed nights in London. Indeed, because of their huge buying power, even tour operators around the world buy inventory from GTA and package it into their own product offerings.

GTA/Gullivers have more than 55,000 properties, many owned by international chain, others are small independent hotels, and they range from tourist to first class – to deluxe properties, and include unique properties like stately homes in England, Chateaux in France, Pousadas in Portugal, Schloss Hotels and Castles in Germany, and Paradors in Spain, to name just a few.

If you’re impressed and want to learn more, GTA’s affiliate program details can be found here.

?   Hotelopia - Part of TUI Travel PLC empire (Europe’s – and the world’s – largest vertically integrated travel company), Hotelopia is a leading European hotel aggregator, offering discounted accommodations to both the business and leisure traveler at over 25,000 properties in over 900 destinations throughout Europe, North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia.

US & UK affiliates can sign-up for this travel affiliate program at Hotelopia UK.

?   Hotels4U.com – A subsidiary of the venerable Thomas Cook Group, the first travel company in the world, Hotels4U is another bed bank that offers a wide array of hotel and apartment properties around the world (over 30,000 properties in countries like Spain, the Balearics, Canaries, Algarve, Madeira, Malta, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Bulgaria, Croatia, French Riviera, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, the Caribbean as well as a wide range of City Break hotels world-wide).

Click on Affiliate Future’s web page to learn more about Hotels4U’s travel affiliate program,

?   Superbreak.com – If you’re looking for a UK hotel bed bank specialist, then Superbreak.com could be your answer.  A subsidiary of Holidaybreak PLC, a leading UK tour operator, Sueprbreaks.com currently offers over 1700 hotels spread across some 400 UK cities and towns.  Additionally they are growing their overseas offering, currently at 3,500 hotels.

Another solid product feature we like about Superbreak is its broad ticket offerings that include theatre shows, attractions, theme parks, concerts and events, as well as rail, and golf packages. They also offer spa and Orient Express breaks, but these must be booked over the telephone.

If these product features sound appealing to appealing, click here to find out more about Superbreaks.

?   Venere.com – Another online leader in the European hotel bed bank sector, Italy- based venere.com offers more than 24,000 lodging properties ranging from 1 to 5 star luxury hotels, B&Bs, guest houses, vacation rentals, country houses, villas  and more around the world.

Acquired by Expedia Inc., in September 2008, venere.com has grown significantly in the last five years, averaging annual year-on-year growth of 70%.

Click here to learn more about venere.com and whether their travel affiliate program fits with your growth strategy.

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