Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
- 1.1 Why should I join the HotelsCombined Affiliate Program?
- 1.2 Who can join the HotelsCombined Affiliate Program?
- 1.3 Can I still join the Affiliate Program even if I don't have a website yet?
- 1.4 Can I use my HotelsCombined affiliate account with more than one website?
- 1.5 How much does it cost to join the Affiliate Program?
- 1.6 How does the Affiliate Program work?
- 1.7 How does the commission structure work?
- 1.8 How do I get started?
- Commission & Payment
- Tracking & Reporting
- Integration Options
- Partner Support
Why should I join the HotelsCombined Affiliate Program?
HotelsCombined is a world leading hotel comparison site. Our system lets users check hotel prices and availability on all major travel sites in over 40 languages. We offer industry leading conversion rates, faster payments, advanced customisation options, dedicated partner support and much more.
Sign up online for free to get instant access to the affiliate portal.
Who can join the HotelsCombined Affiliate Program?
Anyone who owns or runs a website is welcome to join our Hotel Affiliate Program. We recommend that the website includes travel related content, but this is not a requirement.
Can I still join the Affiliate Program even if I don't have a website yet?
Yes, it is still possible to join the Affiliate Program even if you don't have a website, but to get the most value from it, we recommend that you register a domain before you can actively market our program.
You can also join the HotelsCombined Affiliate Program to monetise traffic to your blog, mobile site or app.
Can I use my HotelsCombined affiliate account with more than one website?
Yes, you can use one HotelsCombined affiliate account for multiple websites and blogs.
How much does it cost to join the Affiliate Program?
The HotelsCombined Affiliate Program is FREE. There is no application or set-up fee and no ongoing costs. As soon as you register online, you get instant access to our affiliate partner portal, there is no need to wait for approval.
How does the Affiliate Program work?
- Join the HotelsCombined Affiliate Program by signing up online
- Instant access to the Affiliate Portal where you can create your affiliate links
- Place your affiliate links, banners or search boxes on your website to attract visitors
- Visitors sent through your affiliate links use our hotel comparison search and book accommodation on our compared hotel supplier sites
- You earn commission for leads (click offs to the booking sites that we compare) generated by your visitors
How does the commission structure work?
Affiliates earn commission on a "per-lead" basis. A Lead is generated when a visitor clicks through to one of our compared hotel booking supplier websites. Affiliates are paid to send visitors who are interested in booking accommodation, so the quality of the traffic you send and the rate at which your leads become bookings are important factors, which determine how much commission you get paid per lead.
How do I get started?
To join the HotelsCombined Affiliate Program, all you need to do is fill out the affiliate signup form. You will be approved instantly, and automatically logged into the affiliate portal, where you can get started.
Commission & Payment
How much can I earn?
Most affiliates earn between USD $0.50 and $2.00 per lead. The exact value of each lead depends on the ability of your users to generate revenue for our suppliers. So the higher the quality of your visitors, the more commissions you earn per lead.
Each visitor can generate multiple leads from a single visit. Visitors are also tracked for up to 365 days, so affiliates can continue earning commissions from repeat visits.
Will I get paid for visitors or bookings?
You get paid per leads, not visitors or bookings. A lead is a click off to one of the hotel booking supplier websites that we compare. Your commission per lead depends on a number of important factors, but primarily the quality of your traffic and the conversions of your users to bookings.
When and how do I get paid?
At the start of every month, your commission balance for the previous month is confirmed; payment is processed at the end of that month. Example – commission earned in July is confirmed on August 1 and paid at the end of August (usually in the last week).
Please note - a minimum amount of commission (threshold) must be reached before a payment can be processed. Minimum thresholds apply for each payment type ($500 for bank wire; $100 for PayPal), and any unpaid balance rolls over into the following month. All payments are made in US Dollars (USD).
Tracking & Reporting
How are my links tracked?
All Affiliate Links contain your unique Affiliate ID. When a visitor clicks on an Affiliate Link, the Affiliate ID gets stored in a tracking cookie on their browser. This cookie lasts 365 days (1 year). So, when your visitor generates a Lead, we use the Affiliate ID in the tracking cookie to determine that this Lead came from your Affiliate Link and your account is credited with commission for that Lead.
Please use the text link generator and search box creator in the affiliate portal to ensure all your links are correctly formatted and tracked. You can always check with our affiliate support to make sure your affiliate links are correct.
How often are my earnings and reports updated?
All your traffic stats (visits/leads) and earnings are reported in real time in the affiliate portal.
What reporting is available?
Affiliates have access to the Performance Report and the Payment Report in their affiliate portal. The Performance Report provides information about visitors, leads and commission earned in your account. The Payment Report provides details of all payments made. There are also advanced reporting options available (on request) to help you optimise performance.
What integration options are available?
Multiple implementation options are available to help maximise your earning potential. The main ones are Text Links, Deep Links, Banners and Search Boxes. These are further enhanced by Co-branding and Private Branding (white-labelling) options. Data Feeds are also available (on request).
How do I setup my HotelsCombined affiliate links?
Once you sign up and log into your affiliate portal, you can start creating your own affiliate links, banners, search widgets or branding templates. In most cases, you only need to copy and paste the generated HTML code into your web page and you are ready to start promoting your affiliate links.
If you require any assistance with this, please contact our affiliate support team on email@example.com.
Can I change and update my HotelsCombined affiliate links?
Yes, you can make changes and update your affiliate links at any time. We recommend that you check with our affiliate support team before you start making changes, to ensure your affiliate links and widgets are correctly tracked with your Affiliate ID.
What if I want other options or want to customise my affiliate links?
You are welcome to modify the links, search boxes and private branding templates with the look and feel of your website. In fact, we have made it easier for you to customise your links via customisation features in the affiliate portal. Our support and development team can also help to customise solutions for your site. Before you make any changes, please contact our affiliate support team to ensure all tracking is correct.
Where should I promote my HotelsCombined affiliate links?
You can place your affiliate links and search widgets on all relevant pages across your site to maximise your earning potential. For example – you can put your affiliate links on your home page, main menu/navigation bar, travel/accommodation section of your site. Once you sign up, you can check out the FAQs in the Help section for more ideas on how to promote your affiliate links.
What if I need help?
There is lots of useful information and FAQs in our affiliate portal's Help section. You can also contact our affiliate support team any time if you require any assistance.
Our multi-lingual support team is happy to answer any questions and offer advice and tips to help you get the most out of the program, so either send us a note via the contact form at the bottom of this page or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.