An Australia and New Zealand hotel booking site that allows consumers to haggle with hoteliers has extended its booking window from 28 days to 90 days to meet consumer demand.
Ubid4rooms.com founder and managing director Gary Berman said the original 28-day window had been better suited to the site in its early stages as travellers and suppliers learned to embrace this unusual last-minute booking engine.
“We were getting a lot of requests outside that one-month zone, particularly from holidaymakers planning their annual vacation and from our corporate/conference clientele wanting confirmation of rooms in advance,” he said.
“In addition, our customer surveys also showed suppliers were keen to fill rooms sooner rather than later.
“There are still thousands of hotel rooms throughout Australia sitting empty each night, so it makes sense for hoteliers to get bums in beds using a controlled discounted method.”
Ubid4rooms.com is celebrating its latest improvement by challenging consumers to try to find cheaper rates for a cash reward.
Throughout June and July, Ubid4rooms will refund any difference from an accepted bid if a better rate is found online within 24 hours.
Launched in early 2008, Ubid4rooms lists more than 1,000 properties throughout Australia and NZ, from rural B&Bs and self-contained apartments to five-star resorts.