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Hotel Bonanza 8 percent Hotel Bonanza is a new Online Travel Agent (OTA) with a strategy of offering a lower commission for accommodation owners and a discount to guests. They have set their commission at 8% so you will find them considerably cheaper than the current dominant OTAs. Freetobook is a family run company so our loyalty is firmly [...]
3 Things to learn from Hilton CEO High levels of cancellation, high commissions from Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) and competition from Airbnb are big issues that a giant chain like Hilton have in common with independent owners. In a recent interview, the CEO of Hilton talked about rising cancellation rates, high commission from the OTAs and competition from Airbnb. Every day is [...]
3 Ways to Power Direct Bookings 1. Show the benefits of booking directly Why should I book directly ? Answer this question in your customer’s mind and you will increase your direct bookings. Use some subtle “book direct” images and text to show that booking directly on your website is the best thing that guests can do. Customers need to be [...]
AA B&B Awards 2017 Huge congratulations to the winners of the AA B&B Awards 2017 and especially to the two properties who are using freetobook – Mansion Hotel, Llansteffan and Glenegedale House, Islay.  The awards took place on the 8th May and we could not wait to congratulate the winners. The B&Bs using freetobook won in the following categories: AA [...]
Group website at zero commission Get a Together group for direct bookings Here at freetobook we are continually looking to make it easier for small independent accommodation owners to thrive. One message we hear again and again is that the large OTAs are taking more and more commission. Well, here’s  the good news, it’s never been easier to fight back [...]
5 Ways to make your website user-friendly We are always trying to help our customers increase their direct bookings. Although there is not one simple answer to achieving that (i.e. social media marketing works for some properties, whilst others might find special offers increase their website bookings), one key thing that applies to all is having an easily-navigated, user-friendly website. So, here [...]
Scottish Thistle Awards 2017 The 2016/2017 Scottish Thistle Awards were held on 16th March at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. As usual, the category freetobookers did best was Most Hospitable B&B/Guest House. We are happy to announce that this year at the Scotland’s tourism Oscars, Brookford B&B, a freetobook user, has won the national award for Most Hospitable B&B/Guest [...]
City Guides – Facebook new app and Book Now Attention freetobookers: It is time to update your property Facebook pages with the “Book Now” button, as Facebook has launched a new app – City Guides! The app’s aim is to give its users ideas on things to do, places to visit and accommodations to book in different cities of the world. Make sure you [...]
Easy low cost way to accept credit cards with Stripe Having access to an easy to use credit card system has been a great bonus to so many of our customers. Being able to accept credit cards for your online and telephone bookings makes payment simple for you and your customer. It’s easy to take balance payments and make any refunds if you need to [...]
Increase Bookings by Making your Website more Personal Imagine you’re a looking for somewhere to stay and you stumble upon your website. What do you see? Evaluate, how your website looks, what feelings do the descriptions create, what are the colours saying to you? These are the first things your customers see, is it painting the image you have in your own mind [...]
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