What is happening?
HotelsCombined has proclaimed that March 18 will be the first day when affiliate traffic will not be credited. By that date, partners are advised to pause sending traffic to HotelsCombined. You can get more information from the official letter:
You can turn this potentially unpleasant situation to your advantage through the HotelsCombined affiliate program alternatives. We have already written about the best hotel affiliate programs — one of which was Hotelscombined. Now, for you, these are also available:
To find the best option, remember the reasons why you chose the previous one! Most probably because of the wide set of tools and high-quality service offered to your visitors.
Hotelscombined isn’t a simple booking website, it’s a service that allows users to find the lowest price by comparing offers on different services. Hotellook offers similar value for travelers.
Hotellook.com — a search engine that compares prices on hotels around the world and helps travelers to choose the best option from 250,000+ properties in 205 countries.
Hotellook affiliate program
Join the Hotellook affiliate program without pre-moderation. With the “HOTELSCOMBINED” promo code you will get the increased commission rate for 3 months — 80% advertiser’s income from every sale.
How to automatically redirect traffic to Hotellook
To automatically redirect traffic from HotelsCombined to Hotellook, you need to add a script to your website page. The rest will be done on the Travelpayouts’ side.
How does it work
Redirection of links
The script finds all the links to HotelsCombined on the page and, when a user clicks on any HotelsCombined link, the script automatically redirects the user to Hotellook. The script does not make any changes to the page code.
Replacement of widgets
Our script finds the Hotelscombined search forms on the page and replaces them with the Hotellook search form.
The technology supports all popular languages and domains for the links – English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Norwegian, Swedish and Danish. For these languages, the locale is automatically determined based on the domain in the original link.
For other languages, the default language will be English. This can be changed on the Hotellook website, which supports more than 60 languages and currencies.
Widgets support 60+ languages. The user sees the widget in a language that matches the locale of his browser.
How to run a script
- Sign up for Travelpayouts (if you have not registered before).
- Find your unique affiliate marker in your Travelpayouts account. For example:
- Paste the script on the site in <head>. If any other scripts are loaded, the Travelpayouts script should be set last.
- Add your affiliate marker from your Travelpayouts account as a marker parameter to the code.
- Check the script by clicking on any HotelsCombined link on the page of your site. A redirect to Hotellook should occur.
- Check the display of widgets (if there were widgets on the page).
- Check the statistics in your Travelpayouts dashboard. After 10 minutes, a search should appear in the report.
If you want to direct traffic not to hotellook.com, but to your Hotellook White Label project (for example, hotels.yourblog.com), then use the “host” parameter.
If you set the host parameter, then when a user clicks on the links he will be directed to your White Label, not to Hotellook.com. Deeplinks are supported.
If the “host” parameter is not set, then by default the traffic goes to search.hotellook.com.
What to do if you used white label HotelsCombined
In this case you’ll need the parameter wl_host. Add the host of your white label from HotelsCombined in the format subdomain.domain. Then the script will be able to find links to white label on your page and direct traffic to Hotellook or your white label from Hotellook.
If something doesn’t work
If you encounter problems or errors, write to [email protected].
Hotelook affiliate program tools
The Hotellook affiliate program offers a wide range of tools:
- Text Links;
- White Label;
- Hotels Map;
- Hotel Widget;
- Hotel Selections Widget;
- WordPress Plugin;
A wide set of tools guarantees that anyone, from travel bloggers to mobile application developers, will find one convenient for themselves.
At Travelpayouts, we never tire of improving our services, so any ideas are welcome! Write to us with your suggestions.