There are so many ways to book a stay at a Bed & Breakfast, that it can be very confusing trying to get the best deal. Expedia.com, Booking.com, TripAdvisor.com, etc. are collectively known as
OTAs – Online Travel Agents. These websites are advertised tremendously on TV and the Internet, promising the best rates for your room. But is this really the best way to book your stay?
Bed and Breakfast owners, vacation rental owners and managers from around the world are coming together to promote one key message: Book your next accommodation Easy and Direct. Big sites such as Expedia.com, Booking.com, HomeAway, VRBO and TripAdvisor add a high percentage of booking fees to the reservation total. Booking directly with the owner or manager cuts out any middle-man or commissions. Only when booking directly are guests guaranteed direct contact with the person responsible for the property. This means they can get in touch – without obligation – to inquire about services and amenities before committing. Contrary to popular belief, OTAs and aggregator sites (such as Booking. com, Expedia etc.) don’t provide the best price for travelers. Guests can save hundreds on commissions by booking direct and booking local. When booking direct, managers and owners can become a kind of free destination guide. They know the best activities, restaurants and service providers. They may even have local partnerships or discount deals which can save travelers more money. When travelers communicate directly with the owner or manager, they will be the first to find out about special offers, discounts or exclusive deals.
The Simmons-Bond Inn Bed & Breakfast currently has listings on Expedia.com, Booking.com and Tripadvisor.com. We are charged a high commission percentage every time a guest books on one of these sites, and on some level, these commissions must be passed on to the guest, or we lose a large part of our income. We feel that we need to continue these partnerships in order to drive more bookings, as many travelers use these sites to investigate and ultimately book their stays.
However, when you book directly with us, via our website, www.simmons-bond.com, or by calling the Inn, you not only get the best rate for the room, there may be discounts available for you, we can answer questions about the Bed & Breakfast, the city of Toccoa, the area attractions and events, and much more. Save time and money by booking your next stay at the Simmons-Bond Inn Bed & Breakfast Easy and Direct.