How to book a hotel room online

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Gone are the days of calling ahead to a hotel for a reservation. The internet has simplified the process so that we can search for a room, compare prices with other hotels, and book a room all online within a short amount of time, and with very little headache or trouble. There are many websites to choose from, including "Expedia" and "Travelocity."

Things You'll Need

  • Internet Access
  • Computer

Booking a Room

Type in This will bring you to their homepage.

Type in your destination. The website directs you to type in, "City, landmark, hotel name or address."

Enter in the dates you are requesting. Click on the calendar icon to bring up a calendar. You must do this for the date you are arriving and leaving. Once the calendar box pops up select the days you will be traveling.

Go to the number three box and type in the number of rooms you require. Next, type the number of adults and children and the children's ages. The pop up window allows you to enter up to 4 adults and three children per room. If there are more in your party, choose an additional room and enter your party information again.

Click the search bottom when you have entered your information.

Choose a hotel from the list that has been generated by your choices on the previous page. If you like, you can view a description of the hotel. The summary for each hotel also provides a list of amenities that can be found at the hotel.

Find the "select" tab in the hotel summary and click it. Find the room and price that you like, and than click the "book now" tab.

Choose one of the options presented to you. Create an account, sign in, or continue the process without creating an account. This article follows the "continue without creating an account option."

Complete the name and room preferences column. Provide your first and last name. Choose your bedding, smoking and accessibility options.

Confirm your email so information can be sent to you, than click the "next" button at the bottom of the screen.

Provide your payment and billing information, and agree to the cancellation policy.

Click the "Book Reservation" tab at the bottom of the screen.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure to search around before committing to a room. You never know what deals are available. Have your payment information on hand.

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