How to Use Trivago for Planning Trips and Vacations

Want to know how to use Trivago to organize and plan trips and vacations, making the most of all its features? Read this post to discover how (and if) the most powerful price comparator for tourist products can be useful to you.

What is Trivago and what is it for?

Trivago is a price comparator. By setting your search parameters, you access Trivago’s database which shows you results consistent with your search from all the sites affiliated with Trivago.

This means you won’t make any purchase on Trivago, and the site will redirect you to other sites where you will make the payment. The terms and conditions of your contract will then be those of the site to which Trivago’s link has redirected you.

Trivago is a search engine dedicated to tourism. The results it shows you are the result of the search parameters you have set but (be careful) are limited to the sites that are affiliated with Trivago.

Keep in mind that one of Trivago’s major affiliate partners is, and therefore almost all accommodation facilities are present in the database. However, there are (and are increasing) many tourism entrepreneurs who implement marketing strategies aimed at disintermediation (as we do).

Therefore, on Trivago, you might not find all the possible alternatives available, and even among those present, you may find price differences for the same accommodation depending on whether it is proposed on the institution’s site of the facility or on intermediary sites like Booking.

The price difference is due to the different commercial agreements between the entrepreneurs and the OTAs (Online Travel Agency) and the marketing strategy implemented by the accommodation facility.

My first advice is to prefer (even on Trivago) the search results that directly link to the hotel’s or accommodation facility’s website you have chosen. This way, you should avoid paying commissions and price mark-ups.

Obviously, as already repeated many times on this blog, the services offered by the OTAs are invaluable, and if your goal is not just saving on price, the option of availing of serious professionals remains valid and secure.

How to use Trivago

How to use Trivago: the features available to you

The first option you will find allows you to choose the type of tourist service you need. You have three options:

  • Accommodations (Hotels and all kinds of overnight stays)
  • Weekend (weekend packages)
  • Activities (activities to do once you arrive at your destination)

How to Use Trivago: the “Accommodations” function

If the main reason you decided to use Trivago is to find overnight accommodation once you arrive at your travel destination, you are in front of one of the most powerful search engines capable of answering your questions with thousands and thousands of results.

How to use Trivago: the selection filters

To best manage all this information and find what you need more quickly and accurately, you have “filters” available that allow you to “target” precisely the ideal accommodation for your trip/vacation.

How to use Trivago
  1. Destination Filter: Enter your trip destination
  2. Arrival and Departure Date
  3. Number of beds
  4. Use the slider to set the minimum and maximum budget
  5. Define the type of accommodation you want to stay in
  6. Set the type of “Rating” that the facilities shown by Trivago must have. Ratings are the result of reviews left by tourists and travelers who have stayed in the facility before you.
  7. Set the distance from the city center (or the location relative to a point of interest) that the facilities Trivago proposes to you must have

Other filters: here you can refine your search by setting the characteristics that the facility you intend to stay in must have: the two most important options at your disposal in this section are:

All other filters are related to the type of stay and you can use them at your discretion to search for features most similar to your needs.

How to use Trivago: Interpreting the results

Once you have set the filters, Trivago shows you the results page.
Trivago is a price comparator.
So, the first big difference compared to all the other portals where you can book a stay is that Trivago shows you different results (and different prices) for the same room in the same hotel.

This happens because the facilities sell the accommodations on all portals (Booking, Airbnb, Momondo) and also sell the same accommodations directly (on their institutional sites).

Prices, therefore, vary based on different factors. The main ones influencing the prices you find online are two:

the marketing strategy implemented by the tourism entrepreneur who may sell rooms at a lower price on the institutional site (without intermediaries) the affiliation agreements that tourist facilities enter into with OTA (Online Travel Agency) and platforms like Trivago, Booking, and all the others.

How to use Trivago

The first detail you need to pay attention to is the “green box” where Trivago shows you the site from which the offer comes. The most important information you find is the link to the site where the offer is available. By clicking on “See the offer,” you will be redirected to the site affiliated with Trivago, and you can make your purchase.

I recommend preferring offers made directly by the facilities (Hotel’s site) because they should be the least expensive and because, in my opinion, direct contact between the buyer and the seller is the best agreement. However, I remind you that the customer service and guarantees offered by the OTAs are, at the moment, unparalleled.

Why is direct contact with tourist facilities convenient?

The results that appear following your search are not only related to the parameters you have entered but also to the listings that booking sites (Booking, Expedia, and all the others) pay to appear on the results page. The cost of these listings is a percentage derived from the commission that tourist facilities pay to booking sites. Therefore, purchasing on Booking (or other booking sites) starting from Trivago does not involve price increases for you.

When you find the direct link to the facility’s site, no commission is due to intermediaries (because there are none) and not even to Trivago (which does not require payments from the facilities).

Where’s the catch? To appear in the results of your search, facilities must necessarily be present on at least one of the booking sites. Finding direct links is much less frequent than finding links to Booking or other booking sites. Obviously, Trivago prefers to show results that entail a profit.

If the tourism entrepreneur is an honest person who implements a good marketing strategy, the cost of direct booking (made, therefore, on the facility’s institutional site and without intermediaries) must be at least 15% lower than that of all other booking sites.

How to use Trivago: selecting offers

Once you have identified an interesting offer, click on the ad, and you will see all the offers on Trivago related to the same accommodation:

How to use Trivago

The first detail you should pay attention to is the presence of the icon indicating the tourist facility’s participation in the “Trivago Protection” program, which provides for a total or partial refund (depending on the facility) of the amount paid in case there are serious problems, poor service, or non-provision of the service.

If you want to learn how to use Trivago to its fullest potential, you need to understand that the great advantage of this comparator lies in the ability to see (almost) all the offers related to the same tourist facility in one place and compare them.

Among the “unmissable offers” proposed, you will find ads from different booking sites under different conditions. Your choice should not only be influenced by the lowest price but also by the different options present in the different proposals. Another element to consider is the booking site the offer redirects you to and the services it offers (insurance, customer care, loyalty plans).

If, as is very likely, the direct link to the facility is not present on the first screen, click on “show all offers” to search for the direct one to the institutional site. My advice is always to evaluate the possibility of avoiding any form of intermediation.


How to use Trivago

At this point, you will see all the offers (related to the date you selected) present on Trivago. Remember not to limit yourself to the price when making your choice but to consider the conditions offered by each booking site.

If you managed to find the direct link to the Hotel’s website (and the tourist entrepreneur is an honest person who implements a correct marketing strategy) by clicking on “show all offers,” you should see a result similar to this:

How to use Trivago

If the direct link to the structure’s institutional website is not present here either, all you have left to do is search on Google to find the direct contact.

Another powerful tool offered by Trivago (and all booking sites): click on the “Show more offers” link below the results you found, and you will see all the offers (related to that booking site) present. You might find a more convenient accommodation or one that is more in line with your needs. Sometimes the difference between “sea view” and “internal view” can be significant both in terms of price and the gratification achieved during your travel experience.

How to Use Trivago: the “weekend” function

The “weekend” function is a novelty, but if you really want to learn how to use Trivago, you absolutely must try it out.

How to use Trivago

The principle of the search engine is slightly different:

  • You set a departure location (you can put your residence or a destination you want to visit)
  • You insert the maximum distance you are willing to travel
  • Insert the arrival and departure dates (it also works if instead of setting a weekend date, you enter a range between weekdays).

At this point, you will see all the offers available in various locations within the travel radius you have set.

For the choice and purchases, the same recommendations I made for the “accommodation” search apply.

How to Use Trivago: “activities” function

In this case, Trivago asks you to enter a destination, the day of arrival, and the day of departure. And that’s it! You will see all the activities you can purchase on that date in the chosen destination. A useful function to better define your travel itinerary.

Even in this case, direct contact with the professional/tourism entrepreneur offering the experience is preferable to the presence of intermediaries. Trivago takes a “fixed commission” on each booking. Therefore, if you can find direct contact with the activity organizer, you should be able to save.


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