What Is a Hotel Aggregator and Why Should I Use One?

If you remember the days before the internet then you remember the days where, if you wanted to take a holiday, you couldn’t simply look it up on your phone and then make a booking.

Instead, you went to your local travel agent and flipped through brochures of pictures you hoped accurately represented the hotel you were looking at. The travel agent would then take a number of days, potentially weeks, to communicate with airlines and the hotel itself to make your booking. You would then go back to your travel agent to collect the actual tickets that you would use to get on the plane, go through security and away you went!

Of course, when the internet boomed, hotels started to create their own websites and travelers no longer had to visit their travel agent to get the information they need or to make a booking. And given that you were booking with the hotel directly you could expect to get a cheaper rate. Right! Right?

While it can seem reasonable, many hotels refuse to reduce the amount they charge for a room booked through an agent and one booked directly through themselves. This led to the rise of the popular travel sites you see today, commonly known as aggregators.

The perfect example is the Groupon Coupons page for Booking.com. Now, Booking.com doesn’t actually own any hotels, pay any bookings, or own any property. Instead, as an aggregator, it has created a platform that searches the deep dark corners of the internet along with its arranged hotel agreements to find you all of the available hotels in any chosen area on any day that you require.

 

This information is then quickly compiled, sorted, and displayed on your computer screen in a way that allows you to compare easily between each accommodation offering.

The comparison allows you to narrow your search results to items such as:

  • Price per night
  • Price per stay
  • Guest Rating
  • Official Rating
  • Amenities
  • Location
  • Deals

These are just to name a few.

With this information, travelers can easily decide which is the best option for their stay.

Why Choose an Aggregator Website Instead of the Hotel’s Official Site

If you were to visit the hotel’s official site, there are no comparison to other hotels. This means that the hotel can show their full price on their own website because you can’t easily see if it is a good deal or not. However, once the price and pictures are displayed to a traveler right next to competing hotels, then the hotel owners and managers are more flexible with their pricing. In short, aggregator websites help travelers save money on accommodation.

If you are planning a trip or are just interested in the world of travel, given a travel aggregator website a try instead of booking with the hotel directly. Not only are you likely to get a better rate, but you are also likely to find more available options that you thought you had.

The Top Mink Fur Trends for Fall 2016

For women and men, fur is the highest standard of clothing. And for many of those fur lovers, mink is the crème de la crème. Minks are a part of the weasel family and can be found in nature throughout America and other locations around the globe. However, most mink fur is now ranched on small farms to ensure a higher quality product compared to mink found in the wild.

Mink is one of the most popular furs because of its luxurious feel and elegant appearance. It’s also versatile: perfect for causal and formal events.

If you already have a mink coat or you are interested in purchasing one in the future, here are some tips on how you can wear it fashionably for fall:

1) Mink Fur in Exotic Colors and Prints

One of the reasons mink is so versatile is because it comes in many colors. Wild mink normally comes in dark brown or black, but domesticated mink fur can come in colors such as:

White
Sapphire
Pastel
Pearl
Topaz
Scanglow

Mink can also be dyed for even more color options. Global fashion designers love mink’s plush look and feel combined with bright, dynamic shades.

Your grandmother may own a mink coat in brown or black, but don’t feel limited by those colors. The big four fashion weeks (New York, London, Milan, and Paris) are debuting mink in colors ranging from deep jewel tones to gentle pastels. When you’re going big in color, stay with a monochromatic color scheme for the rest of your outfit. The effect will be slimming for any body shape, and reflect another hot trend: wearing a single hue.

2) Men in Mink Coats and Jackets

A growing population of fur connoisseurs are men. As men begin to seek out more luxury products, mink is on the top of their list for the same reasons women are attracted to the fur:

Craftsmanship
Longevity
Fit

Mink fur can be incredibly flattering on both men and women. If you’re a gentleman searching for the perfect fur, try on different sizes and silhouettes at an established furrier.

They can help you find a complementary coat for your body shape. Your new fur coat should be big enough to cover you, but not overwhelm your physique.

Wear men’s furs with your business suit to give yourself a commanding presence or with a tux to an exclusive gala. Don’t feel restricted by a single color or pattern.

3) Accessories and Trim in Mink Fur

Mink coats can start under $1,000 and shoot up to over $10,000. If you love the look of mink, but not the price, take a look at mink fur accessories. Fall has arrived and chilly temperatures are here to stay, so now is the perfect time to try mink scarves, gloves, hats, and more. A simple accent can transform your look from ordinary to exceptional.

Pair your favorite shades with a velvety mink scarf or wrap for an instant Hollywood look. For a modern look, try a mink fur vest with skinny jeans and boots. If you want to add extra warmth to your favorite piece, add a fur collar or trim to a leather jacket. Be unique and get ready to rock your mink fur this fall.