Booking.com, headquartered in Amsterdam and started in 1996, is the world’s largest online reservation platform and the world’s 52nd most visited website.

It’s a fantastic tool for travelers looking for and booking lodging when traveling across the world. Initially, it just covered hotels, but as time has passed, it has expanded to include various types of lodging such as hostels and short-term rental apartments.

Are you confused about how Booking.com works? Well, look no further because this is the beginner’s easiest guide to mastering Booking.com

Step 1: The Basics 

To use Booking.com, you must first choose your language and currency.

Then choose your destination, dates, and the number of people traveling. You can select the number of rooms required for your travel party here. You can type the name of the hotel in the search box instead of the destination if you know exactly what hotel you want.

Step 2: Filter Out Accommodations 

You’ll get a list of possible accommodation options after completing step one, from which you’ll make your final decision. 

Booking.com will offer you all of your alternatives based on how many people are traveling and when they are traveling. The total number of hotels available is displayed at the top of the page.

Step 3: The Final Selection

It’s time to take a closer look at the final list once you’ve browsed the list of prospective lodgings. 

After that, you should double-check important details like check-in and check-out timings, approved payment methods, if dogs are permitted, and any special requirements for minors.

Occasionally, the same room will have various costs. This varies depending on the number of persons staying, whether breakfast is included and whether cancellation is free.

Step 4: It’s Booking Time! 

It’s time to book your accommodations once you’ve determined where you wish to stay!

  • Decide on the number of rooms you’ll require. When browsing, you usually don’t need to adjust the number you’ve pre-selected.
  • Fill in your information or log in if you have a Booking.com account. You can register here for free if you haven’t. 
  • Fill out the special requests box at the bottom of the page if you have any particular needs, such as a certain room type or transportation details.
  • If you have such information, let us know when you’ll be arriving.

Final Tip

You may be prompted for your credit card details when completing the booking process. That has to do with the terms of the reservation. Even if you have a free cancellation policy up until the day of arrival, the hotel has the right to charge you for your stay, in full or in part, if you never cancel or show up. 

That’s why the website may occasionally ask for your credit card information, not to charge you, but to ensure payment in the event of a no-show. Some places require you to pay with a credit card upfront, but this is becoming less common.

You’ll receive a confirmation email after you’ve finished your reservation, which you can print and show to the hotel when you check-in.

Now you know how to use the best platform for traveling with ease. Happy adventures!