Finding the right Armidale Accommodation, especially for the first time, can be a challenge. People often find it easier to book through a Third-Party site where all their options are displayed in a convenient list.
It can also be a bit of a challenge to even find an Armidale accommodation provider’s website, with the multi-national Third-Party sites having an enormous marketing spend. Convenience aside, there are certainly advantages to going to a little bit of extra effort to find the local website and book direct. Here are our top reasons:
1. Get the best price on your Armidale accommodation
If you find a better price on a Third-Party site and call your Armidale accommodation provider direct, they will more than likely match it. It will save the business paying expensive commissions on the booking. Some accommodation providers even have ‘book online direct’ deals.
For example, if you book online direct with the Armidale City Centre Motor Inn, you can use discount code: ‘BESTPRICE’ and receive 10% off your entire booking.
2. Flexibility with your accommodation booking
If you need to make changes to your booking (name changes, arrival/departure dates) you’ll be able to do it easily if you’ve booked direct with your accommodation provider. If you book with a Third-Party site, you’ll have to make changes through them which can often be a lengthy process. Most Third-Party sites make it deliberately hard to contact them by phone, with their call centre usually located overseas.
3. Book the room you want
If you book your Armidale accommodation provider direct you can make sure it has the facilities you require. Often Third-Party sites use general language and descriptions which don’t suit a local boutique accommodation provider and can be misleading. If you jump onto an accommodation provider’s website, you’ll see photos and descriptions that accurately portray the services and accommodation offered.
4. Money stays local
The most popular Third-Party sites are not based in Australia, so commissions paid go straight overseas. If you book direct through an accommodation provider, the money stays local and can be used to better your accommodation experience.
Local businesses also play a big part in keeping a community vibrant by employing local staff, supporting local events and using local suppliers.
For example, this summer, local brewery Welder’s Dog are hosting their inaugural beer festival Forage Fest. The City Centre Motor Inn will be sponsoring the event. As well as supporting the festival, the City Centre Motor Inn are offering awesome collaborative packages for their guests!
5. Third-Party sites avoid paying Australian taxes
As Third-Party sites are not based in Australia they avoid paying Australian taxes despite taking money directly from Australian businesses. Dick Smith said it best here.