Hotel Pricing Strategies

Hotel Pricing Strategies

Hotel Pricing Strategies

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Hotel Pricing Strategies

A hotel pricing strategy is a comprehensive plan that a hotel develops to determine the ideal prices for its rooms and services. This pricing strategy aims to attract guests, maximise revenues and maintain a competitive position in the market.

Hotel Pricing Strategies

A hotel pricing strategy is a comprehensive plan that a hotel develops to determine the ideal prices for its rooms and services. This pricing strategy aims to attract guests, maximise revenues and maintain a competitive position in the market.

What is a Hotel Pricing Strategy?

A hotel pricing strategy is a comprehensive plan that a hotel develops to determine the ideal prices for its rooms and services. This pricing strategy aims to attract guests, maximise revenues and maintain a competitive position in the market. 

A hotel pricing strategy involves considering various factors such as the operational costs, guest needs, the demand for rooms, the prices offered by competitors, and the perceived value of the services offered by the hotel. A well-designed hotel pricing strategy is vital for attracting guests and building loyalty, as it provides them with value for money, while ensuring the hotel’s profitability. 

A key factor within a hotel pricing strategy is identifying which guests are most profitable and determining the best rates to sell to each segment. Ideal pricing is achieved when it’s based on generating guest value. Based on this value, hoteliers determine special rates, offers, prices and discounts for their guest mix. At the same time, direct competitors are analysed using variables from our HQI, proposing the best pricing strategy for your hotel.

At BEONx, we understand how complex and how important it is to determine the right hotel pricing strategy.

 

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What are the different types of hotel pricing strategies?

There are several types of hotel pricing strategies that hotels can choose from. Some common ones include: 

 

  1. Dynamic Pricing: Adjusting prices in real time based on the current demand and supply. For example, a hotel may increase its room rates during peak seasons or events and lower them during off-peak times. 

 

  1. Forecast Pricing: Utlising historical trends and seasonality data to anticipate future demand for rooms, adjusting prices accordingly. For example, a hotel may historically experience increased demand over the Christmas period, which could lead to higher prices being charged each Christmas. 

 

  1. Competitor Pricing: Analysing the prices set by competitors to understand your competitive positioning in the market and to set prices accordingly. For example, undercutting competitors could attract guests who are looking for the best deals in the market, whilst charging higher prices than competitors could attract guests looking for a premium experience. 

 

  1. Segment Pricing: Charging different prices to different guest segments based on different variables, such as the number of rooms booked, room type, time of purchase, and guest attributes. For example, hotels may charge lower prices to corporate customers in the anticipation that they book a higher volume of rooms and spend more during their stay on average.  

 

  1. Occupancy Pricing: A simple pricing model that adjusts prices higher when occupancy rates are increasing and adjusts prices lower when occupancy rates are decreasing. This model utilises simple supply and demand economics to dictate pricing. 

 

  1. Incentive Pricing: Offers guests incentives to book, usually in the form of special offers, discounts or specific promotions. This strategy can be particularly useful during off-peak periods to improve occupancy rates. 

 

  1. Loyalty Pricing: Rewarding loyal customers with pricing incentives, such as special offers and discounts, is a useful tool for hotels to increase direct bookings and encourage repeat visits. Loyal customers typically spend more on ancillary services and will feel valued by the hotel when receiving special offers. 

 

  1. Length-of-stay Pricing: A simple pricing strategy whereby minimum and maximum lengths of stay are set by the hotel in order to increase occupancy for longer-periods and improve revenue predictability.

 

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Why is pricing so important for hotels?

One goal of your pricing strategy is to analyse the guest acquisition cost and attract as many prospects as possible to your website. Without entering into problems caused by parity pricing, the more direct bookings you drive at a lower cost per acquisition and the more value you provide to your guests, the better.

Price is the most important influencing factor when guests book a hotel room. That’s why it’s important to provide incentives for guests to book directly with you. Guests are generally willing to pay more if they feel like they are getting more value. Perceived value is more important than actual value. For example, you create a win-win scenario when a guest feels like the “extra” you are offering is worth more than what it actually costs you.

 

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How do you choose the right pricing strategy for your hotel?

Choosing the right strategy for your hotel involves analysing various factors such as the target audience, the location of the hotel, the services offered, the costs involved, and the competition. It is important to understand the needs and preferences of hotel guests, as this will help in providing services that meet their expectations. 

The two main considerations are your hotel’s business model and your guests’ average length of stay. Hotels focused on airport guests will have a lower average stay than destination hotels. Thus, services associated with different guests will have varying pricing strategies.

 

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What are other key factors to consider within your hotel pricing strategy?

Some important factors to consider within a hotel pricing strategy include: 

  1. Costs: It is important to consider all the costs involved in running the hotel, such as operational costs, marketing costs, and overheads. This will help in determining the minimum prices that need to be charged to cover all the costs and make a profit.
  2. Demand: Understanding the demand for rooms and services is crucial for setting the right prices. It is important to consider factors such as the season, events, and the location of the hotel that may influence the demand. 
  3. Competition: Analysing the prices charged by competitors helps in setting competitive prices that offer value for money to guests. 
  4. Guests: Understanding the needs and preferences of guest segments helps in providing services that meet their expectations and setting prices that they are willing to pay.

 

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What are the advantages of choosing the right hotel pricing strategy?

Choosing the correct hotel pricing strategy has several benefits: 

 

  1. Maximising Revenues: A well-designed pricing strategy helps in maximising revenues by setting prices that attract and retain customers. 

 

  1. Competitive Advantage: Setting prices below the competition helps to improve your competitive position in the market, as it attracts customers who are looking for value for their money. 

 

  1. Customer Satisfaction: Providing services that meet or exceed the expectations of the customers and setting prices that they are willing to pay helps in enhancing customer satisfaction and loyalty. 

 

  1. Profitability: A well-designed pricing strategy is a vital tool for revenue managers to use within their overall revenue management strategy. The pricing strategy helps in covering all the costs involved in running the hotel and generating a profit. This ensures long-term sustainable profitability and growth of the hotel.

“Beonprice has not only helped us in a technological way, but also in a human way. The support and understanding of the people who make up Beonprice, especially during the difficult times we have gone through in recent years, has been exceptional. The team is remarkable.” – 

Pedro Pavón,  Revenue

Management Director at Casual Hoteles.

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