Wolsey Lodges guide to the National Parks of the UK and Ireland
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A History of Britain’s National Parks
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So lockdown has finished and you are on Google looking to save money on your Summer staycation. You have found the perfect location, something luxurious, a little bit special and very different.
Perhaps an award-winning Wolsey Lodges property offering the best bed and breakfast in the country?
Google keeps telling you the best deal is here and shows you the best rates are online on a booking platform. Online booking agencies and review sites show you a confusing range of prices from agencies you have never even heard of before.
Enter the savvy traveller – they do their homework online and then go direct to the Lodges own website to book the best rates direct and save money at the same time.
This works because every Wolsey Lodges property is a small owner-run business.
Unlike the large multi-national online booking agencies they do not have large sums of money to spend on marketing however, they can offer generous discounts and extra benefits such as upgrades, afternoon tea, and maybe even include a surprise!
When a Lodge receives a booking via an international online travel agency that Lodge pays a large commission on the total price of your reservation.
You do not see that commission as it is included in the price you pay but the net cost of your booking is greatly reduced to the property.
Online travel agencies spend significant sums of money promoting the bookable properties they offer and consequently they expect to earn it back.
This is why it pays to compare to the Lodges own website. Inevitably you will the same room is cheaper when booked direct.
Of course for many people, these agencies are invaluable as they know they have in one location all the information they need for all their reservations. Likewise, they may get their loyalty benefits from using these agencies such as VIP perks or free nights away.
However, for you booking directly with your Lodge of choice, you will find you can receive a discount which can vary from 10 -15% for the same room or the even same price for a better room.
Not only that you will get noticed for booking direct and your reservation greatly appreciated for the fact there is no commission to be paid.
Which means that if for any reason rooms have to be moved which guest is going to get the room upgrade? The guest with the booking requiring the large commission payment or the guest with the booking that needs no commission payment.
Therefore this Summer if you want to save money on your staycation the answer is to book direct on the Lodges’ own website or pick up the phone and call the Lodge directly to find out what their best deal for you is.
Rest assured this is going to be less than the best rates or best deals you have been assured of. Booking direct with the property means you create that win-win situation where both parties achieve a deal that works for them.
And then of course there is the experience that cannot have a value placed on it – stay at a Wolsey Lodge, make friends with the owners, get the insider track on where to go and what to see and have a truly unique experience.