Book Direct day 2020....
.... why you should book direct with the owner.
Today Feb 5th is 'book direct' day. Now in it's third year.
What is book direct day?
It's aim is to let you the guest know that you can save money and get a better booking experience when you book direct with a property owner rather than using Online Travel Agents (OTA's).
Why book direct with the owner?
Simply because you can save money but also because you will receive a more personalised booking experience and often you will find that booking direct comes with surprising extras.... maybe a breakfast pack on arrival, early check in, late check out or fresh flowers and a homemade cake. By booking direct we can offer the very best service. OTA's can often be inflexible and owners are more often than not more flexible. There is always added value for the guest when they speak or book directly with the owner and communication is of a much higher standard. There may be extras that you can add to your stay such a locally sourced breakfast pack that you can't add to your booking when using an OTA. No one knows their business and property better than the owner of that property.
Why is it cheaper to book direct?
OTA's charge all property owners for using their portal. This might be in the form of commission or service charges but however it is taken it can add up to a sizeable percentage of what you as the guest is paying. This extra cost is nearly always passed on to the guest. When you book direct you take away the middle man and your holiday is cheaper. Booking direct almost always guarantees you the best rate.
But I can get free cancellation when I use an online travel agent such as booking.coms?
Just ask the owner. The cancellation and refund policies found online are usually property specific no matter how you book. At Yew Tree Farm we ask for a 30% booking deposit and if you cancel more than 30 days before your stay then we will refund you in full. Our policy is the same wherever you find us online.
How do I find the accommodation I would like to book?
Use all the websites that you would normally look at booking, airbnb, homeway, cottages.co etc and then go away and find their own website. There are always hints in the listing on these websites whether that be business details or a photo of the properties signage on the road.
So in a nutshell:
YOU WILL SAVE money to spend elsewhere on your holiday.
YOU WILL receive a more personalised booking experience.
YOU MAY even receive a book direct benefit such as early check in or late check out.
YOU CAN add little extras to your booking such as welcome hampers.
YOU WILL receive amazing recommendations about the area, what to do and where to eat.
WE HAVE the local knowledge to make your stay great.