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The Impact of Rate Parity on Hotel Revenue and Brand Integrity

By: Steve Behrisch , President & CEO

In the hospitality industry, maintaining rate parity is crucial for hotels. 

Rate parity ensures that room rates are consistent across all distribution channels, including the hotel’s website, Online Travel Agencies (OTAs), and other third-party platforms. 

This consistency helps build trust with consumers, enhances revenue management, and strengthens the hotel’s brand integrity. 

In this blog, we will explore the importance of rate parity in hotels and provide strategies on how to achieve it, supported by statistics and examples.

What is Rate Parity in Hotels?

Rate parity means that a hotel maintains consistent pricing for its rooms across all distribution channels. 

This means that the room rate on the hotel’s direct website is the same as the rate displayed on OTAs like, Expedia, and other travel platforms.

Importance of Rate Parity in Hotels

Here’s why it’s crucial for hotels to maintain rate parity. 

1. Building Trust with Customers

Customers often compare prices across various platforms before making a booking. When they see consistent prices, it builds trust and confidence in the hotel’s pricing policies. 

According to a study by Phocuswright, 64% of travelers check multiple sites before booking a hotel room. 

If they find discrepancies in rates, they may perceive the hotel as being unreliable or unfair.


If a guest sees a lower rate on an OTA compared to the hotel’s website, they might question the hotel’s pricing integrity and choose to book through the OTA, resulting in higher commission fees for the hotel.

2. Enhancing Revenue Management

Rate parity helps in effective revenue management by ensuring that pricing strategies are implemented uniformly across all channels.

This prevents undercutting and price wars among distribution partners, which can erode profitability.

According to Kalibri Labs, maintaining rate parity can lead to a 12% increase in net revenue per available room (RevPAR).

3. Strengthening Brand Integrity

Consistency in pricing reinforces the hotel’s brand integrity. It ensures that guests receive the same value regardless of where they book, thereby enhancing the hotel’s reputation and encouraging direct bookings.


A hotel that consistently offers the same rates across all channels is perceived as transparent and fair, encouraging guests to book directly through the hotel’s website.

4. Reducing Commission Costs

By maintaining rate parity, hotels can encourage more direct bookings, which typically involve lower commission costs compared to bookings made through OTAs. 

This can lead to significant cost savings and higher profit margins.

Did you know, direct bookings can save hotels up to 15-25% in commission fees compared to OTA bookings. (Source)

How to Achieve Rate Parity at Your Property?

There are several ways and approaches you can take to achieve rate parity at your property. 

1. Implement a Robust Channel Management System

A channel management system helps hotels manage their room rates and availability across multiple distribution channels from a single platform. 

This ensures that any changes in rates or availability are updated in real-time across all channels.


Using a channel manager like OnRes can automate the process of rate updates, reducing the risk of discrepancies and ensuring rate parity.

2. Monitor Rates Regularly

Regular monitoring of room rates across different distribution channels is essential to identify and rectify any discrepancies. 

Tools like RateGain and OTA Insight provide real-time rate shopping data, allowing hotels to stay competitive and maintain rate parity.

3. Negotiate Contracts with OTAs

Hotels should negotiate contracts with OTAs to include clauses that enforce rate parity. This ensures that OTAs do not undercut the hotel’s direct rates and maintain consistent pricing.


Including a rate parity clause in contracts with OTAs like and Expedia can help ensure that these platforms do not offer lower rates than the hotel’s website.

4. Offer Value-Added Packages

To encourage direct bookings while maintaining rate parity, hotels can offer value-added packages or exclusive perks on their website. 

These packages can include complimentary breakfast, spa services, or late check-out options, adding value without altering the room rate.


A hotel can offer a “Book Direct and Save” package on its website, which includes a complimentary room upgrade or a discount on dining services, incentivizing guests to book directly.

5. Leverage Technology and Data Analytics

Using data analytics tools can help hotels understand market trends, competitor pricing, and customer behavior. 

This information can be used to make informed pricing decisions and maintain rate parity.


Revenue management systems like Duetto and Revinate use data analytics to optimize pricing strategies and ensure rate parity across all channels.

6. Educate and Train Staff

Staff training is crucial in ensuring that everyone involved in pricing decisions understands the importance of rate parity and follows the established policies. 

This includes revenue managers, front desk staff, and sales teams.


Conduct regular training sessions and workshops for staff to emphasize the importance of rate parity and best practices for maintaining it.


Rate parity is essential for maintaining trust, enhancing revenue management, strengthening brand integrity, and reducing commission costs in the hotel industry. 

By implementing a robust channel management system, regularly monitoring rates, negotiating contracts with OTAs, offering value-added packages, leveraging technology and data analytics, and educating staff, hotels can effectively achieve and maintain rate parity. 

This consistency in pricing not only benefits the hotel’s bottom line but also enhances the overall guest experience, leading to increased loyalty and direct bookings.

Steve Behrisch, President & CEO

Steve joined the OnRes Team as an account rep in 2008 and was promoted to VP of Operations a short time later. In 2011, Steve agreed to purchase OnRes and became President and CEO, and has been steering the ship since; achieving significant milestones such as rebuilding the reservation software from the bottom up, forging new partnerships, doubling the revenue, and much more…
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