Booking.Basic is an accommodation tier that periodically appears on Booking.com’s hotel listings when the rate provided to Booking.com is not the cheapest available online. The rates it offers are nonrefundable and made via a third party that is only revealed to guests after they have paid to book a room.

Booking.basic is one of many features introduced by online travel agencies in their push to have the most competitive rate online. Another is Booking.com’s Early Payment Benefit, which discounts the hotel’s rate in return for the guest paying up front on the OTA. While frustrating for hoteliers, the behaviour is understandable: Booking.com are harnessing the impact of ‘rogue rates’ already available online and putting them to work for themselves.