Need Advice About On-line Hotel Booking Services.?

I plan to go to New Orleans, Louisiana at the end of this month for Mardi Gras. I am going over the internet to find a hotel deal. I have come across various online hotel booking services, such as “travel.hotels-and-discounts.com”, “hotel-rates.com”, “bookit.com”, “reservations.hotelscheap.org”, etc. Some of... show more I plan to go to New Orleans, Louisiana at the end of this month for Mardi Gras. I am going over the internet to find a hotel deal. I have come across various online hotel booking services, such as “travel.hotels-and-discounts.com”, “hotel-rates.com”, “bookit.com”, “reservations.hotelscheap.org”, etc. Some of these services require up-front full payment. My question is “How safe is it to book through these services (especially when one has to pay up-front)?” What good or bad experience do you have? Can someone recommend a reputable online hotel booking service, since there are so many of them out there? Thank you for your advice.
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