Agoda.com is a branch of the travel giant, The Priceline Group. As such, they have many resources available to travelers and clout in the industry. (The hotels which they book are not hole-in-the-wall backwoods places.) Agoda.com offers customers the convenience to book hotel rooms and to manage their reservations in one place. Agoda.com has a network to book in over 470,000 hotels worldwide.
- Great features
- Mobile app
There is much good to present about Agoda.com. They have a vast offering of hotels from which to choose, are backed by a leader in the travel industry. Agoda.com offers superior customer service which is available 24/7. (International call and tolls apply.)
Agoda.com has much to offer travelers including:
- Book now, pay later
- Agoda.com rewards program
- Comprehensive offering of rooms
- Easy booking procedures
- Streamlined mobile app for Apple and Android devices
- Ability to see which hotels you are selecting
- Ability for customers to pay with either Paypal and major credit cards
- Customer reviews
- Famous sites and/or tourist attractions are listed on the website nearby easily accessible to plan your visit (e.g. New York City)
- 24/7 access to a customer service representative to manage reservations - email and telephone support
Agoda.com price match guarantee (prices are guaranteed to be the lowest of published price - if not the lower price is matched)
The mobile app is full-featured and easily navigated without being too much for the smaller screens of smart phones or 7" Android tablets or the iPad Mini. The app runs well in tests on the few devices checked (Android smart phone, Android Tablet, iPod Touch and iPad) without crashing or being slow. Agoda.com also offers a Windows app for Windows devices.
- Sign up
- Toll-free calling
At first glance, Agoda.com's website is a bit intimidating with all of their offerings and information. The navigation is straight forward for visitors and the information is presented through various pages.
For those who do not like to sign up for memberships on websites, the need to do so on Agoda.com may present concerns. The membership option is required to book a room, and for frequent travelers, singing up for a membership is a great place to track reservations as well as to accumulate rewards points redeemable for free nights in hotels affiliated with Agoda.com.
Agoda.com does not have toll-free calling and the number to contact customer service in an international number. This may preclude the benefits for many. Email support and help is available without needing to make an international call.
For those wanting a more complete package, including airfare, car rental and hotel, they might be better served by a different site offering these packages as well.
The Bottom Line
As a clearinghouse for discount hotel bookings, Agoda.com makes the grade. They are solidly backed by The Priceline Group, who has revolutionized the travel industry over the last decade and a half. The extensive number of hotels worldwide is refreshing and the website is comprehensive. Customer service professionals are well trained and easily accessible via phone 24/7. (International tolls apply.)
Agoda.com is a one stop destination for those needing hotel reservations. Frequent travelers can accumulate points for free nights and manage their reservations in one place.
The "Book Now, Pay Later" feature offers a benefit to many customers as well as the ability to pay using Paypal funds.