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Club1 Hotels is a membership site, and that lets them sell rooms at a discount, offering lower rates to consumers instead of taking their booking commission. They report that they make money on membership fees rather than individual bookings. (Since they’re a membership site hotel best rate guarantees for direct booking on a hotel chain’s website don’t apply.)
- The idea is a site where you can book wholesale hotel rates rather than retail
- But you probably won’t earn hotel points or elite stay credit (Hyatt and Marriott honor elite benefits when booking through third party sites)
- Hotel points aren’t so much an issue with luxury properties like Four Seasons or non-chain hotels
- In my searches sometimes there are phenomenal deals, sometimes not, you want to compare prices before you book.
Their membership normally costs $675 for a year, but they’re giving away one year memberships that provide access to discounts (but don’t come with a Priority Pass for airport lounge access) now. It’s worth signing up just to check out pricing.
I’ve seen plenty of hotels where you can save hundreds of dollars through the site, though you may give up hotel loyalty points booking with them.
Reader Barry emailed, “Jeez, some of these rates are low. Hyatt Ziva all-inclusive in Cabo for $165.” So I had a look at this all-inclusive property for a random weekend night in February.
Hyatt wanted $454 for the night:
Club1 Hotels wanted $323, a savings of ~ $130 for the night:
I assume that Hyatt will provide Diamond members with elite benefits on the stay, but it won’t earn points or elite stay credit.