So far so good
I used to be really into travel hacking. Part of that was getting elite status with big hotel chains like SPG or Hilton in order to get room upgrades, free breakfast, late checkout, etc.
Recently I haven't been travelling as much so I lost my status and don't think it's worth the trouble to try and get it back (I would have to stay 50 nights or 25 times at SPG hotels in order to regain my Platinum status, and it's just not worth it if I'm not already traveling a certain amount on business).
I am still travelling though, and the last three reservations I made were through Booking.com.
The first reservation I had to cancel, as we had to change our travel plans in order to attend my grandmother's funeral. I had booked a cheap advance rate that was supposedly non-refundable, but Booking.com has this function where they negotiate with the hotel to waive fees. In this case it worked and we were able to cancel without penalty.
The second reservation was in France, in a tiny village in the Southern Alps foothills called Greolieres.
The rate was cheap, the room was very nice, and the whole process went very smoothly.
The third reservation is for a trip we'll be taking in September to help my daughter and baby grandson move to Sweden. We're flying out of Nagoya (it's really handy to fly to Nagoya then jump on an international flight rather than venture into the mess that is Narita or Haneda) on Finnair to Stockholm via Helsinki.
I got a couple of rooms in the airport hotel through Booking.com. As part of making the reservation I noticed they have a loyalty program and an affiliate program. If you sign up via the link we both get a little something.
I'm pretty happy with Booking.com so far. It's another tool in the box for travel planning.
How about you? How do you handle travel bookings?