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Founded in 1996 in Amsterdam, Booking.com has grown from a small Dutch startup to one of the world's leading digital travel companies. Part of Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG), Booking.com invests in technology that helps take the friction out of travel. With a mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, Booking.com seamlessly connects millions of travelers with memorable experiences, convenient transportation options and incredible places to stay - from homes to hotels and much, much more.

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Booking.com also provides a marketplace for entrepreneurs of all sizes in the travel and experiences industries to reach a global audience and grow their businesses. Booking.com is available in 43 languages and offers more than 29 million total reported accommodation listings, including more than 6.2 million listings alone of homes, apartments and other unique places to stay. With everything from convenient rides and great places to eat, as well as attractions, tours, events and activities across the globe, no matter where you want to go or what you want to do, Booking.com makes it easy and backs it all up with 24/7 customer support.

Booking.com is a travel website that can help you arrange every aspect of your next trip. Reserve a place to stay, purchase tickets for transportation and even discover tours and things to do in your next destination. What can I buy from Booking.com?

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Booking.com can help you locate and book the following:

  • Accommodations
  • Flights
  • Flight and hotel packages
  • Car rentals
  • Tours and activities
  • Airport taxis
  • How do I get my confirmation and tickets

After you make a purchase, your ticket, voucher and order confirmation are delivered electronically, straight to your inbox, along with a receipt.

You could print the tickets, depending on the type of product you purchased - but most providers allow and even encourage digital tickets.

How do I pay on booking.com?

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Paying for your bookings depend on what you purchase. Here's the breakdown:

Flights

When you select a flight, Booking.com will send you to CheapOair to complete the purchase. There, your payment methods include:

  • American Express
  • Carte Blanche
  • CheapOair credit card
  • Diners Club International
  • Car rentals
  • Discover
  • Mastercard
  • Visa

You can also choose to use Affirm when booking flights, which lets you pay the bill over monthly increments instead of all at once.

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Hotel reservations

Use any major credit card to book a hotel reservation, whether you're sending an initial deposit or paying in full upfront.

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Car rentals

Payment methods vary, depending on the rental company you book with. Verify that you can use the payment you want before making the reservation.

Taxis

Book a taxi by using a Visa, Mastercard, American Express or through PayPal.

Tours and activities

Use any major credit card to purchase tickets for a tour or activity.

When's the next sale?

Booking.com has deals and discounts on travel arrangements all year 'round. To stay in-the-know about sales, create an account and subscribe to its newsletter - or check for a promo code, discount or special deal. It also celebrates industry holidays like Black Friday, Cyber Monday and more with lower rates and deals sourced from providers around the web.

What sets this brand apart?

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What sets Booking.com apart from the dozens of other travel sites out there is that it doesn't charge travelers a fee to use its site. Other sites sneak service fees into the overall price, but Booking.com gets paid from commission fees from providers. Here are some other highlights:

Rewards program

Booking.com's rewards program, Genius is free and offers savings of at least 10% on every booking you make. Plus, you'll get perks and special deals along the way. To qualify, open an account and make at least two bookings in the first two years. After that, membership lasts for life.

Price match

If you reserve a hotel room on Booking.com but find a cheaper price elsewhere, contact its team at least 24 hours before to check-in, and Booking.com refunds the difference.

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Pros and cons

Consider the benefits and drawbacks of using Booking.com before signing on.

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Pros

More than just hotels. Booking.com has listings for fully vetted hostels, unique homestay properties, elegant villas, cozy bed and breakfasts and luxury resorts in addition to standard options like hotels and vacation rentals. Variety of search filters. To fine-tune your results and get exactly what you're looking for. Filter by nearby landmarks, neighborhood, room accessibility, price range, distance from the city center and more. Keep details in once place. Whether you're planning a family vacation or a getaway with friends, manage every detail of the trip through your Booking.com account online or the app - instead of shuffling a stack of printouts and keeping track of multiple providers.

Cons

Rewards program doesn't kick in right away. You'll need to make two bookings before you can take advantage of the 10% membership discount.

Price match only applies to accommodations. Booking.com won't refund you for plane tickets, car rentals or anything else that you find listed on another site for cheaper, after you've booked.