Reader question – How to search hotel rates for flexible dates?

We have all become used to flight search that spans 30 days (ITA Matrix) or even months (Google Flights Explorer). However the same search power is harder to find for hotel rates.

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Which hotel chain websites support searching hotel rates for flexible dates?

The predominant online travel agent websites (OTAs) have generally not (yet) adopted search technology that searches multiple dates at once. A rate search over 30 days is unheard of in the land of Expedia and Priceline.

However several hotel chains have invested in a way to show rates for multiple dates.

Hilton

While the Hilton website is plagued with bugs and slow Javascript it does offer a handy 14-day overview.

To search for flexible date – choose a specific property first (we chose the
Hilton Chicago and check the option ‘Use flexible dates’.

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The Hilton website requires you to search on a specific property level there is no way to search multiple properties for 14 days.

Hilton also allows searches for award inventory the same way.

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Marriott

Marriott probably has the best website to use to search hotel rates for flexible dates. It shows a whole month!

Again you have to choose a specific property (in our example we chose the Marriott Chicago).

To get a whole month of results check this option ‘My dates are flexible’

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Similarly to Hilton the flexible date award search works the same way.

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IHG/ Intercontinental

Unfortunately Intercontinental does NOT allow a flexible date search.

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Starwood Hotels

‘Flexible Dates’ though it is not what you would expect. It is a rate calendar for two months but the results are only revealed when you click specific check-in and check-out dates.

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This is just marginally faster than making separate searches for multiple dates.

Let’s hope things improve when Starwood and Marriott complete their merger. If you ask me the Marriott website would be my clear winner to keep and the SPG Elite program.

Hyatt

Unfortunately Hyatt.com does NOT allow a flexible date search. The Hyatt website is always challenged with simple requests and I feel ‘flexible dates’ would just bring a bunch of error screens – glad they did not even try that!

Other chain websites

Neither wyndham.com, clubcarlson.com, bestwestern.com nor choicehotels.com support searching for flexible dates 🙁

Which OTA websites support searching hotel rates for flexible dates?

While a true multi-day, multi-week search is something most OTA websites abhor there is one exception and it’s orbitz.com which has shaped up as a bit of an innovation leader in this field of slow moving businesses.

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Orbitz has a one-click button that allows to search for results for one day prior and after.

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Which meta search websites support searching hotel rates for flexible dates?

Travel Meta Search started with the promise to bring better transparency to travel search. However no meta search hotel website makes hotel rates for flexible dates available (they clearly have the data). Clearly the travel providers an booking partners are not keen to reveal that data.

Kayak.com, trivago.com and hotelscombined.com are all faster to search hotels with multiple websites but they aren’t great tools to get a flexible dates overview.

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