In the case of a hotel, this does not make sense, and simply if a hotel can be booked online it will be always less expensive than the one you book over the phone.
Another of the best travel tips I can give to you is to never book through travel engines such as Expedia, Travelocity, and similars. They always charge more than the airlines or hotels booked directly from the web-page or over the phone.
For the following best travel tips, we consider that there is no possibility to book a flight or a hotel only over the Internet. Let’s consider the possibility where all the companies that supply travel to your destination offer both possibilities. Which one to take?
Bookings over the Internet may be cheaper, but only 15 Euros per person cheaper on many occasions. What I mean with that is that you are saving, yes, but under which conditions?
Many of the times booking through the Internet and getting the best e-deals will mean that these tickets are not changeable or that you will receive no refund if booked in this way.
It all depends on you. Probably for a cheap trip, you will prefer to risk and in the worst of cases, you will not lose a lot of money.
In any case, one of the best travel tips for long trips or expensive hotels is to book over the phone. This will offer tickets with the possibility to be changed applying a determined fee and even 50% or full refund cancellation policies and you will be paying just a little more.