The internet has given us lots of options for booking holiday accommodation but it's not always as straightforward as you'd think. Here are some tips…
Who are you booking with?
You can book direct with accommodation providers or through an online travel agency (OTA).
Book now and Pay later
This is the main model of booking.com – there are occasional special deals that require payment on booking. A credit card number is required on booking to secure the booking (you will be charged if you don't turn up) but you can usually cancel or change your booking right up to the last few days. Check the cancellation terms on each hotels listing.
Book now and Pay now
This is the wotif.com model and it works well especially if you want to get it all organised up front.