Cheaps Hotels – Comparing Hotel Prices of Trivago vs Hyatt.com

People looking for cheap hotels often turn to the Trivago website.  Trivago started out as a German website, but is now owned by Expedia, which puts Trivago into a bit of a conflict of interest.  Trivago is supposed to be a independent hotel comparison tool, but it’s owner, Expedia Group, also owns a number of the hotel booking sites listed on Trivago (for instance Hotels.com, Expedia, Venere etc). But let’s put that aside for now and look at how to get cheap hotels.

When you do a search for a hotel on Trivago, it compares the prices offered on the hotel sites, like Hyatt.com versus the prices offered on the hotel booking sites like Hotels.com, Booking.com etc. I’ve been doing some research on Trivago to see how the pricing on a hotel website, like hyatt.com,  compares to the hotel booking sites on Trivago. Let’s look at the results to see where to get cheap hotels.

Trivago shows both Hyatt website and booking site prices

Here are some recent data points comparing hotel prices found on Trivago (travel booking sites) vs the Hyatt.com website for hotels in San Francisco taken on April 27 via Trivago.

Trivago vs Hyatt.com short term hotel price comparison (booking up to a week in advance – in this case April 30)

  • Hyatt Regency San Francisco – hyatt.com at $329 vs best booking site Expedia at $349
  • Grand Hyatt San Francisco  – hyatt.com at $323 vs best booking site Hotels.com at $349
  • Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport – hyatt.com at $189, best booking site Hotels.com at $209

Trivago vs Hyatt.com medium term hotel price comparison (booking up to a month in advance – in this case May 15)

  • Hyatt Regency San Francisco – hyatt.com at $495 vs best booking site Expedia.com at $529
  • Grand Hyatt San Francisco  – hyatt.com at $441 vs best booking site Hotels.com at $449
  • Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport – hyatt.com at $427, best booking site amona.com at $306

Trivago vs Hyatt.com long term hotel price comparison (booking more than a month in advance – in this case June 12)

  • Hyatt Regency San Francisco – hyatt.com at $539 vs best booking site Expedia.com at $539
  • Grand Hyatt San Francisco  – hyatt.com at $558 vs best booking site priceline.com at $499
  • Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport – hyatt.com at $380, best booking site Hotels.com at $399

Here are some recent data points comparing hotel prices found on Trivago (hotel booking sites) vs the Hyatt.com website for hotels in Manhattan taken on April 27 via Trivago.

Booking more than a month in advance (for June 12)

  • Grand Hyatt New York- Hyatt.com at $450 vs best booking site amona.com at $442
  • Hyatt Centric Times Square – hyatt.com at $470 vs best booking site amona.com at $514
  • Hyatt Place New York/Midtown-South – hyatt.com @ $437 vs best booking site hotels.com at $459

Of the twelve cases above, Hyatt had the best price in 8 cases, and one case was tied. Note the prices quoted for hyatt.com are the Member Rate, which can only be accessed if you sign up for the World of Hyatt members program.  But the member rate only seems to be a few dollars less than the advance purchase rate. So in the “Trivago (hotel booking sites) vs Hyatt.com” cheap hotels comparison it looks like the Hyatt.com website is the winner.

Overall it looks like Hyatt has decided they want people to book on their site (this way they don’t have to pay commission to someone like Expedia). If you are looking for a cheap hotel, I would make sure you check the hotel website price before booking anything on your favourite hotel booking site like Expedia or Booking.com.

We’ve also compiled a cheap hotels price comparison for Marriott.com vs Trivago.  Let us know where you find the best prices.

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