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Agoda: A Detailed Review



Agoda – great for Asian travel?

We have recently advocated and Airbnb as our main go-to sites for booking accommodation. However, we have been told by many in the know that Agoda is worth a look when booking accommodation in Asia. We haven’t had the chance to use them as of yet, but are due to start our exploration of Asia next year. Therefore, we decided to look in detail at We’ll subject it to the same rigorous reviews that we have given the other sites.

As we haven’t booked with them yet, this review will be based on the site itself. That includes its options for searching, ease of use, and other features. We are intrigued to hear from those of you that have used Agoda, as to whether the customer service was up to scratch. Please do let us know your experiences with Agoda, both good and bad.

Agoda is available in a massive thirty nine languages. It is clear that they aim to make things easy for a large number of people, rather than just English speakers. You can also choose to pay in many different currencies. We always suggest that you pay in the currency of the country you are purchasing from, to avoid your card company charging an extra conversion fee.

The site benefits from 24/7 customer service, which is always a brilliant thing. There is not much worse than being stranded in a far-off land, and not being able to contact a site if there is a problem. It appears that you should avoid this with Agoda.

Agoda doesn’t just sell hotel rooms

You can book all different kinds of accommodation with Agoda. This includes hotels, bed and breakfasts, seaside resorts, rest houses and homestays. The pricing system seems to result in low prices. Their ‘best price guarantee’ means that you should be assured of the best rate possible without doing too much shopping around.

As is usual for sites of this type, you receive a confirmation e-mail when booking. You can also log into your account on the site to see your upcoming reservations. They offer a Self Service section of the site, where you can do common changes all by yourself. These include cancellations, amendments, and sending special requests.

There are a few downsides to the site that we have found. The main one is that prices shown do not include tax and service charges, which can result in misleading pricing. To avoid this, select ‘total price per night’ under the price display. The other is that you have to pay on booking. This is a rather minor inconvenience, apart from when you might need to cancel. We assume it would be more of a hassle at that point.

In conclusion, Agoda seems to be an easy-to-use, and attractive website. Many people have said that it is the very best place to book accommodation in Asia. We will certainly be trying it out when we plan our own trip to Asia for next year. Their best price guarantee shows their confidence in their low rates. Give it a go!

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Agoda Review – Reliable Hotel Reservation Company




Agoda Review

If you’re planning to travel to Asia soon and looking for a hotel reservation company than you’ve most likely come across There are many other popular companies offering the same services, but what makes Agoda better than the rest. And are their services reliable? Find out the answers in this article.

If you’ve never heard of Agoda before than it’s no surprise. However you must have at least heard of, the Internets largest travel agency. Well Priceline is the parent company of Agoda. However Agoda only handles hotel reservations world wide but they particularly specialize in the Asian hotel marketplace.

So what makes so special?

After using so many different hotel reservation companies, I’ve noticed that all the hotel rates are on average are roughly the same give or take a few dollars. Agoda’s room rates too are on par with the rest of their competitors. However, Agoda has a rewards point system which you can earn for room discounts and free nights.

This is the biggest advantage Agoda has over their competitors. You can earn points automatically. From 4% – 7% of your room price. Sometimes there are special offers where you can earn more. The minimum points you need for example a $25USD discount is 12,500 points and that’s easy to make if you spend about $625 USD, which is easy what most people already spend for a hotel stay.

You can either use up those points or save them up like I do for an even bigger discount and free nights.

The benefits of using Agoda doesn’t end there. You can earn an easy 500 reward points for submitting a review of the hotel you you stayed in. Agoda heavily relies on guest reviews so they want to give them an incentive. It’s easy to submit a review and wouldn’t take more than five minutes. You usually get an email from Agoda within 2 weeks after check out, asking for your review. As you can see as a frequent customer of Agoda, your points can quickly add up.

What I like best about Agoda is their ability to quickly confirm room availability. Agoda’s competitors require you to wait a few hours or maybe a day because of the time zone differences to find out if a room is available. Agoda’s reservation systems are always up to date with the latest deals, special prices and of course instant room availability.

Finally don’t you hate it when researching a hotel online and you don’t know exactly what types of attractions or other hotel options are in the area? Agoda has a great hotel map feature that uses Google Maps to pinpoint your hotel’s location and reveal nearby landmarks, attractions and hotel alternatives.

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How to Use Agoda to Book Cheap Hotels, Flights, Cars & More [Review]




Agoda is an online travel agency and metasearch engine that’s designed to help you find cheap hotels, home rentals, flights, and airport transfers. It’s owned by Agoda Company Pte. Ltd, headquartered in Singapore, and is a subsidiary of Booking Holdings, which also owns popular websites like, and Kayak.

In this post, we’ll take you through this site to show you how to use it and we’ll do some price comparisons to see if you’ll save money by using Agoda.

Agoda Hotels & Homes

With Agoda, you can search for any type of accommodation, from hotels and resorts to hostels or vacation rentals.

To get started, enter your destination (or specific property) along with your travel dates and number of travelers in the main search box on the home page. If you want to search for a home rental, you can click on agodaHomes or you can filter your Hotels & Homes search results to show just home rentals.


The filtering options on Agoda aren’t quite as robust as on sites like Airbnb or VRBO, but there are a few options. You can filter your results by:

  • Homes (this is the same as searching through the agodaHomes tab on the home page).
  • Family Friendly (narrows your list to properties with larger rooms and family-friendly amenities).
  • I want free breakfast
  • Book without a credit card

You’ll find these options on the upper left-hand side of your screen. You’ll also be able to sort your results list by options like price, locations, and reviews.


Each property’s result box will give you basic information including price, cancellation policy, and hotel highlights. The price you see on the search results page does not include taxes and fees. You’ll need to click through and select your room before you see the full price. Be sure to read carefully because sometimes the price won’t include certain fees like a “destination fee” that you’ll have to pay at the hotel.


Agoda’s prices don’t include taxes and fees until you get to the payment section. At first glance, Agoda may appear to offer the cheapest prices, but you’ll need to click through to the final booking stages to see the full price including taxes and fees.

Agoda’s Best Price Guarantee

When you’re booking a hotel room on Agoda, you might notice a price match guarantee. This guarantee says that Agoda will match or beat a better price on a hotel room. If you want to submit a Best Price Guarantee claim, be sure the lower rate matches all of Agoda’s criteria:

  • Same hotel
  • Same room and bed type
  • Same dates
  • Same terms (advance purchase, prepayment, and deposit)
  • Same cancellation and change policies
  • Must be viewable and instantly bookable on another website
  • Must not be part of a third-party loyalty program, promotional offer, or vacation package deal
  • Must not require membership (like AAA or AARP)

Price Comparisons

Let’s take a look to see if you can save money by booking a hotel room through Agoda. We priced out 2 hotel rooms on Agoda and several other leading booking websites to see who had the best prices.

Example #1

For this example, we priced out a week-long stay at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston. Prices are for the lowest cost room for 7 nights and include all taxes and fees (including any that need to be paid upon arrival at the hotel).


The interesting thing about this example is that the 3 lowest prices actually came from Agoda! While Trivago offered the lowest price, the booking was through Agoda. The same thing happened when we priced out this hotel on Google Hotels — the lowest price option came from Agoda.

So, in essence, Agoda is selling the same hotel room at 3 different prices — 1 price if you go to Agoda directly, a different price if you go to Agoda through Trivago, and an entirely different price if you get to Agoda through Google Flights.

Example #2

In this example, we priced out a week-long stay at The Sofia Hotel in San Diego. Prices are for the lowest cost room for 7 nights and include all taxes and fees (including any that need to be paid upon arrival at the hotel).


In this example, Google Hotels came in with the lowest price, and unfortunately, Agoda had the highest price of all the websites we checked. As you can see, you’ll generally need to shop around a bit to find the best prices on a hotel room.

Agoda Flights

In addition to hotels, you can also use Agoda to find cheap prices on flights. When using Agoda to book flights, the site acts as a metasearch engine. That means you’ll use Agoda to search for your flight but will then be transferred to a separate booking website to complete your purchase. This is a similar model to other popular sites like Kayak or Google Flights.

To get started, just click on Flights in the menu at the top of the screen.


Next, you’ll need to enter your departure location, destination, travel dates, number of travelers, and a class of service in the main search box.


To the left of the search results, you’ll find lots of filtering options including:

  • Aircraft
  • Airlines
  • Airports
  • Alliance
  • Booking sites
  • Cabin
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Flexible options (due to COVID-19)
  • Flight quality
  • Layover airports
  • Price
  • Stops
  • Times
  • Transportation type

On some search results, you may notice a flight labeled as a Hacker Fare. This just means that the ticket is made up of segments from more than 1 airline or booking website and you’ll need to book these parts separately. Hacker Fares can be a good way to save money, but be sure to double-check that both parts are actually available before you start booking the ticket.

By clicking View Deal you’ll be transferred to a separate website to complete your booking.


Price Comparisons

Let’s take a look at a couple of examples to see if Agoda can save you money on your next flight. For the first example, we searched for the cheapest option from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Orlando (MCO) on Agoda as well as some other popular flight booking websites.

In the second example, we searched for the cheapest flight option from New York (JFK) to Dublin, Ireland (DUB).


In the first example, Expedia offered the lowest price by a few dollars. All of the other websites we checked offered the same price.

In the second example, Agoda tied with Google Flights and Skyscanner to offer the lowest price.

Agoda Airport Transfer

Agoda can help you book airport transfers from over 2,000 locations worldwide. To get started booking your airport transfer on Agoda, just click on Airport transfer in the top menu.

Then enter your pick up and drop off locations plus pickup date, pickup time, and the number of travelers. If you’re getting picked up at the airport, you can toggle to Landing time to enter your flight information.


Each search result will include important information including:

  • Price
  • Ride time
  • Number of passengers allowed
  • Number of bags allowed
  • Amount of Free Waiting Time
  • Meet & Greet eligibility
  • Cancellation policy

Then, when you’re ready to book, click Book Ride to complete your reservation.

COVID-19 Prepared

When you’re searching for an airport transfer, you may notice that some listings carry the COVID-19 Prepared label. This means that at least 2 of the following safety guidelines are being followed.

  • The driver wears a face mask
  • The vehicle is equipped with sanitizing wipes
  • The driver sanitizes the back seat after each trip
  • The driver provides hand sanitizer during the ride


Agoda Car Rentals

Agoda also allows you to search for rental cars. To start your search, click on the 3 dots in the menu at the top of the screen and then click on Car rentals.


What you’ll notice next is that you’ll be transferred to Agoda acts as an affiliate for so they’ll earn a commission if you choose to rent a car after clicking over from the main website.

To get started with your rental car search, just enter your pick up location plus pick up and drop off dates and times.


In the search results list, you’ll find options from all of the major car rental companies like AlamoHertzBudgetEnterpriseNationalSixt, and Thrifty.

Each search result will clearly display lots of information including:

  • The car rental company
  • The final price with a breakdown of what you’ll pay now and what you’ll pay at pick up
  • Free cancellation, if applicable
  • The type of car, including amenities


You may notice that some results are labeled Wild Card. These are what’s known as opaque rentals. That simply means that you won’t know every detail of the car you’re renting until after you complete your reservation. This is a common practice among rental car companies and can often help you save money if you’re not too particular about what type of car you’re renting.


After clicking the blue Select Car button, you’ll be prompted to add a Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Coverage. While it’s always a good idea to have insurance when you’re renting a car, you may already have plenty of coverage from the credit card in your wallet.

Many popular credit cards come with car insurance, and some, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® card or the Chase Sapphire Reserve® card come with primary insurance. Primary insurance is great because you don’t have to make a claim with your existing insurance first.

You’ll also be able to add extras to your rental like an additional driver, child car seat, or GPS at this time.

Then, before you finalize your payment information, you’ll be able to see the breakdown of your price, including what you’ll need to pay upfront and what’s payable at the time of rental.


Price Comparisons

Let’s take a look at some examples to see if you can save money by renting a car through Agoda.

Example #1

For the first example, we priced out a week-long rental on Agoda as well as some other popular websites to see who offered the lowest price.


As you can see in this example, Agoda actually came in as the most expensive, with Hotwire offering the best deal.

Example #2:

In this example, we searched for a weekend rental for a standard SUV and compared the prices on all of the websites.


In this example, Agoda was in the middle of the road for pricing, with Priceline coming in with the lowest price.

Agoda Things to Do

If you need some ideas for things to do on your next trip, Agoda can help with that, too! To get started, click on the 3 dots in the top menu and then click on Things to do.


Next, you’ll need to select your destination country and city from the drop-down menu options and fill in your travel dates.


You can scroll through your search results or refine the list by selecting one of the categories at the left-hand side of your screen.


Once you’ve selected your activity, you’ll be transferred to Viator to complete your purchase. Viator is part of TripAdvisor and is a popular website for booking activities.

Agoda PointsMAX

PointsMAX allows you to earn points in your favorite loyalty program when you use Agoda to book accommodations.


Agoda PointsMAX partners with the following loyalty programs:

  • Aer Lingus AerClub Avios
  • American Airlines AAdvantage
  • Asiana Airlines Asiana Club
  • Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus
  • AirAsia BIG Loyalty
  • Bonus Link
  • British Airways Executive Club
  • Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
  • China Eastern Eastern Miles
  • Etihad Guest
  • Flybuys
  • Flying Blue [Air France/KLM]
  • Garuda Indonesia Garuda Miles
  • GetGo
  • Iberia Plus Avios
  • L. Point
  • Malaysia Airlines Enrich Miles
  • Philippine Airlines Mabuhay Miles
  • Qatar Airlines Privilege Club
  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
  • SMAC BDO Rewards
  • Thai Airlines Royal Orchid Plus
  • The1
  • United Airlines MileagePlus
  • Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer
  • Vueling Airlines Vueling Club
  • Wagon Point

To earn loyalty points through the PointsMAX program, you’ll need to start your hotel search on the PointsMAX page. You can use the main search box and then select your loyalty program afterward or scroll down the page first until you see the list of loyalty programs to select your favorite.

When you’re searching for a hotel through the PointsMAX program, you’ll be able to see how many points you’ll earn for that booking in the search results.


There are a couple of things you’ll want to keep in mind when you’re making a PointsMAX booking.

  • PointsMAX bookings may have different rates than regular bookings for the same hotel
  • The Agoda Price Match Guarantee does not apply to PointsMAX bookings
  • To earn points, the loyalty program you choose must belong to the main guest on the hotel reservation
  • PointsMAX bookings can not be adjusted; if you need to make changes, you’ll have to cancel your reservation and start a new one


AgodaCash is a loyalty program that lets you earn credits that can be applied to hotel bookings through Agoda. You’ll have to sign up for a free Agoda account to see any information about the AgodaCash program.

Once you create an account, click on the drop-down menu next to the dollar sign icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen, then click on AgodaCash.


Next, you’ll be able to see how much AgodaCash you’ve earned and redeemed. You’ll earn AgodaCash by booking eligible hotels and homestays. If a location is participating in the AgodaCash program, you’ll see how much cash you’ll earn in the search results box.


Once you’ve earned AgodaCash, it can be used to pay for any eligible booking. There aren’t any minimums when redeeming your AgodaCash and you can even earn AgodaCash on bookings where you’re using AgodaCash as payment.


AgodaVIP is a loyalty program that rewards you for booking hotels through Agoda. There are 3 levels of membership — Member, VIP Silver, and VIP Gold — that are based on the number of your completed bookings in the last 2 years.

Once you create a free account, you’ll be a Member and have access to Insider Deals and the Best Price Guarantee.

After 2 completed bookings in the previous 2 years, you’ll be a Silver VIP member which makes you eligible for VIP deals up to 12% off. After 5 completed bookings in 2 years, you’ll be a Gold VIP member, eligible for VIP deals up to 18% off.


Final Thoughts

Agoda is an online travel agency and metasearch engine that can help you book hotels, home rentals, flights, airport transfers, and activities.

One of the nice things about this site is that it offers a few perks when booking, including AgodaCash, the AgodaVIP loyalty program, and the PointsMAX program.

Unfortunately, all of those perks only apply when you’re booking accommodations, so they won’t be helpful if you’re in the market for a flight, rental car, or airport transfer.

Agoda is just one of many booking websites out there to help you find great deals on hotels, flights, and rental cars. No matter which website you choose to book your next trip, it’s always smart to do some price comparisons first so you know you’re getting a great deal.

Is Agoda legit?

Yes, Agoda is a legitimate website that acts as an online travel agency and metasearch engine. It is a subsidiary of Booking Holdings, which also owns popular websites like,, and Kayak.

Why is Agoda so cheap?

Agoda may appear to be cheaper at first glance, but that’s because the site doesn’t include taxes and fees in the displayed prices until the final booking stage. Once you go through and get the final price, they aren’t necessarily cheaper than other sites.

How do I cancel my hotel booking on Agoda?

To cancel a hotel that you booked through Agoda, you’ll need to log in to your account online or on the mobile app. The cancellation policy and any refund you may be due is determined by the hotel.


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Agoda Review : Is Agoda Safe And Legit?



In this technology-oriented world traveling to different places in the world has become much easier. One can easily book flights, and hotels sitting in their homes with just a few clicks. Multiple sites offer its customer trusted online booking of hotels and flights to ensure a comfortable journey during traveling. is a Singaporean-based start-up company that has now a global network in about more than 200 different cities. It is a fast-growing online booking site. One can book flights and hotels worldwide. It has multifarious reviews available on the web that state everything about it.

About Agoda

Agoda is all about traveling at affordable prices. The company has made its name in the market today as one of the most trusted online travel booking platforms.

With Agoda, one can be assured of getting the best offers and discounts on travel bookings while choosing from a plethora of options for vacation stays and transportation.

Today the platform has over 2.9 million hotels and private homes across the globe on board, while its presence can be found in over 200 countries and territories.

But the feature that has made Agoda a popular choice amongst people is the flexibility and discounted prices it offers to travelers so that people can travel with a free mind rather than the burden of burning their pockets.

Additional Services Provided:

Agoda not only helps to book flights and hotels but also helps its users to book taxis to pick up and drop to the airport in partnership with Rideways. It does not offer itinerary booking on its site but the user can use filters like nightlife or restaurants.

Deals and discounts exclusively on Agoda:

Agoda provides a good amount of discounts, deals, and offers which are time-sensitive or exclusive mobile-based which gives it an edge over other booking sites. Just beside their filtering option, they have a secret deal option that provides huge discounts and offers to the customer. This deal providers stay anonymous so customers are cautious about their information but Agoda ensures that they partner with providers with three stars or review scores above 7.

Offers that you shouldn’t miss out on Agoda

Agoda PayDay Sale

Give yourself a special treat of rejuvenation by availing of some of the best properties in your town with this Agoda PayDay Sale offer where you can get an extra 20% off on hotels.

  • The Great Escape 

Want to escape the chaotic city life and get lost amidst the tranquility of places like Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, India, and Japan then avail of this special Agoda The Great Escape offer with which you can save 10% or more on your bookings in these places.

  • Welcome Back to the Middle East offer

Whether you are going back or visiting the Middle East for the first time, Agoda has a special gift for you i.e., a 10% or more discount on bookings for places like Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

  • Welcome Back to Europe Offer

Planning a nice holiday in Europe? Then do check out Agoda’s Welcome Back to Europe offer by which you can avail yourself of an extra 10% discount for your bookings in the United Kingdom, Greece, Italy, France, Germany and the Czech Republic.

Wondering if this is all that Agoda has to offer? 

As we mentioned above that Agoda’s main objective is to allow travelers to travel hustle-free therefore, even if you are not going to any of the places in Asia, Europe, or the Middle East, then also you can avail of discounts on various bookings from Agoda’s Today’s Deals section.


Today’s Deal

Here are some of the discounts available on the Today’s deals category currently-

  • 7% off coupon

Avail 7% off on a minimum purchase of $250.

  • 6% off coupon

Avail 6% off on a minimum purchase of $120

  • Agoda’s Food Festival 

Treat your tastebuds with delicious food and deals. Avail of this coupon and feast on a delicious buffet of hotel deals at great discounted rates.

It is also important to inform you that the above-mentioned deals and coupons are just a few of the options out of the plethora of offers and deals that are available on To explore more exciting and budget deals, visit the page

Another great option for getting some of the most exclusive deals of Agoda is by becoming an AgodaVIP

What is AgodaVIP?

Agoda VIP is a gateway to the most rewarding deals tailored by the platform. This is a loyalty program for customers who make all their travel plans through

Once you are an AgodaVIP you are in for a treat of offers, low rates, and some amazing perks.


Search option:

Along with regular filters available like star rating, location, reviews, location, and popularity it also provides filters based on available amenities. With a wide range of amenities available like no other site it even provides one to book with facilities with late check-outs and early check-ins. Customers can choose from a vast range of properties.

Cancellation policy:

Like any other booking site, Agoda doesn’t charge a processing fee. If someone cancels the booking after the cancellation period then one has to pay a cancellation fee of one night’s stay or otherwise depending on the terms mentioned in the confirmation mail. If someone fails to check in to the hotel it is treated as late cancellation and the appropriate fee will be charged based on the terms mentioned in the confirmation mail by Agoda. Any changes while staying or before staying should be made directly with Agoda instead of the hotel. Any query will be entertained by the special customer support team of Agoda and one must contact them during working hours.


The Site :

The site has a very simple interface that lets the users have a seamless experience. It has customer service available in 17 different languages.

Employee experience:

Employees working with Agoda are very satisfied with the work culture, amenities, and family-like environment. Many employees complain about the relocation of the company but they absolutely loved to work with the company and some even say that they would have loved to work with them for the rest of their life. The environment lets the employees grow and have a prosperous careers life.

Agoda application:

Agoda application is one of the most downloaded traveling applications in the sphere. Customers are very happy with the application as they can easily book with just a few clicks and swipes. It also has various filters available that help the customers get the right fit. Its ‘hotels nearby’ help customers to book a hotel in an emergency. These recent updates have made the customers even happier, they have included some reward points that one can redeem over time. One can filter based on price, shortlist hotels can convert from kilometers to miles and vice versa, and can have multiple guest names over one booking and change the language in the application.

Agoda site has included a special mix and saves option recently where the customers can get 50% off on their booking by choosing the cheapest mixture of hotel rooms in that hotel. We can also compare flights and hotels in Agoda with other booking websites. One will always find Agoda to be cheap. Agoda provides booking with credit cards.

Comparison with

Agoda is under which is also the mother site for another booking site Even though both of them have similar price ranges both of their models are different. has an agent-based model in which people book their hotels and flights through the website and can avail of various benefits along with it. This method is quite convenient for many travelers but is based on an agent as well as merchant model. This site buys hotels from their partner hotels at cheap rates and then sells them at higher gross. The final amount paid is still lower than most of the other booking sites and direct hotel rates. For a budget-conscious journey, it is convenient to book with as it shows the total price of the whole stay but shows the nightly rate.

Problems faced and its solution:

Every booking site has some problems, similarly, faces certain issues sometimes. There are a lot of reviews which say that people should not believe in Agoda and that many times they had to go some other place even if the website has confirmed the booking with some valid vouchers. The site should look after this type of problem, and the site should update regularly by querying its partnering hotels. This would help travelers to get into a less uncomfortable situation when traveling around.

Overall, is a good website that offers good discounts and deals when booked through. It offers several benefits to its customers and offers a very cheap rate. Customers should use this kind of third-party site for booking flights, hotels, hostels, and other properties with caution. People should have some basic knowledge about the booking site and the available benefits out there and then use them for booking. Any problem encountered one can easily contact the customer support of Agoda and can get appropriate help from them within a short period. Visit Official Website

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