The travel industry is full of powerful partnerships. The reality is that travelers win when big brands in the industry get together to offer perks and rewards. We can now add the relationship between Booking.com and Southwest Airlines to the list of things that can help travelers like us save money and enjoy better experiences altogether.
What do you need to know about this collaboration if you travel frequently? You might discover that booking rooms when you book your airfare is about to become a lot easier. Below, we at GET.com share more about this exciting partnership with you.
What Does Booking.com Have To Do With Southwest Airlines?
Amsterdam-based Booking.com now officially powers the hotel bookings on Southwest.com. You may remember that up until recently, Orbitz Worldwide was the brand that customers used when booking flights through Southwest's website.
The big difference between these two booking companies is that Booking.com actually uses a pay-at-the hotel policy. This model is very compatible with the flexible fare policies that Southwest is well known for.
Many travelers are attracted to Southwest precisely because the airline gives them the ability to make same-day changes without paying additional fees. Orbitz and most other booking websites require travelers to pay ahead of time.
How Can You Book Rooms Using Booking.com?
It's rather simple for Southwest customers to book their hotel stays through Booking.com at the same time when they are booking flights. Users on Southwest.com will be directed to a co-branded website called Southwesthotels.com.
This website is where customers can browse a selection of properties. Booking.com will provide descriptions under each available property that list details about pricing, dates and availability. There is also commentary regarding how low prices are in comparison to previous listings.
Travelers will have a wide range of hotel options to choose from when using this new platform. The options on display range from dorm beds and shared accommodations to luxury hotels and quaint motels.
One of the most important things to know about the partnership between Southwest and Booking.com is that members of the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards frequent flyer program can actually earn airline miles for their hotels stays when they book their accommodations using Southwesthotels.com.
Most standard stays will award members with the same number of points as dollars spent. However, booking stays at certain properties at certain times of the year can lead to more lucrative methods of earning points.
What Does This Mean For You?
If you're already a member of Southwest's Rapid Rewards program, it's time you start paying attention to how you book your hotel stays. At least take a moment to browse the rooms available through the airline's co-branded website with Booking.com before checking out discount travel websites or booking your room directly with your go-to hotel chain.
If you're not yet a member of the Rapid Rewards program, it's certainly worth the effort to explore the new options that are available to travelers through the new partnership between two of the travel industry's biggest players.
Signing up for the Rapid Rewards program is a smart move if you're always looking for rock-bottom deals or if your travel dates often change at the last minute due to personal or professional circumstances.