8 Tips How To Get The Best Hotel Deals
Whether you are going on a long around the world trip or just on a short holiday, being able to plan ahead and to keep your accommodation costs to a minimum will certainly help you to stretch your travel budget.
You don’t have to overpay for a hotel room. There are tricks and tips you can use to find the best room rates so you can enjoy your trip guilt-free.
Here are some tips on how to find cheap hotel prices around the world!
Check Hotel Comparison Sites
There are many different online comparison sites that allow you to see and compare prices for hotels, hostels and other type of accommodation.
It’s important to check on a comparison site first as not each website necessarily will be offering the same rates.
Via the search options, you can filter the results based on price, location, type of accommodation, star rating or distance to particular attractions.
My favorite site is hotelscombined.com. I only use this site to compare prices (don’t rely on the descriptions and photos as they are not always accurate and up do date).
Once you have picked some hotels you consider booking, go to one of the most popular booking sites to see more details of the hotels (room information, guest reviews, hotel facilities, policies and pictures).
I always check booking.com as the content is easy to read and detailed.
Know The Final Price
Make sure you understand the price breakdown. You may think you’ve found a great deal, but keep in mind that the base rate isn’t the only thing that will determine your total bill.
Be sure to check what taxes, resort fees and other odds and ends will apply to the final amount.
Even if one hotel looks cheaper, it may end up being a more expensive option once all the extras are added in (also a point to consider when looking at hotel comparison websites).
Once your booking is done, it might be worth checking rates again between 48 to 24 hours prior to your arrival. Many hotels drop rates at last minute.
Important is that you booked your room with a flexible cancellation policy so that you can cancel and re-book free of charge, in case a better rate comes up later.
If you have booked via Tingo.com, you’ll save yourself the time to manually check for price drops. They will track the rate you have booked and refund you if a cheaper one pops up.
Choose A New Property
Booking a newly opened hotel can often lead to lower rates. In order to promote the property and get the word out, hotels often offer special opening rates and are quite generous with room upgrades as well.
Sign Up For Hotel Loyalty Programs
If you are staying at high end properties a lot, it might be worth signing up for their loyalty programs.
You can collect points which you can redeem towards various add on’s such as upgrades or free breakfast. It also gives you access to hotel’s special deals which are not available for the “normal” guest.
One of the strongest loyalty programs are Marriott Rewards and Starwood Prefered Guest SPG (both programs are due to be merged in 2018).
Secret hotel rooms are essentially rooms that are being sold at a reduced price from hotels that don’t want the rooms left empty.
You won’t know which hotel you’re booking the room in upfront until you receive the confirmation, but savings can often be as much as 20% to 50% off the original listed price.
HotelDealsRevealed can help you figure out what property might be behind the curtain.
Popular sites are the mystery booking pioneer Hotwire and Lastminute.com’s Top Secret Hotels. Priceline’s Name Your Own Price® program works in a similar way.
Be aware that those deals are usually on-refundable and cannot be cancelled free of charge.
Go Against The Booking Trend
In order to follow this advice, you need to be flexible with your travel dates.
Hotel rates can vary widely based on the time of year and the time of week when you travel.
If you’re staying at a property that serves mostly business travelers, you may find great weekend deals and lower rates during the summer months. B&B’s and other leisure properties tend to have lower rates midweek.
Sign Up With Online Booking Sites
While hotels directly offer loyalty programs and special deals, third-party booking sites do as well.
For example, loyalty members with Hotels.com can book 10 nights and get one for free. The 10 nights can be mixed and matched in different locations.
Booking.com’s traveler rewards program Genius gets you an extra 10% off plus freebies in selected properties around the world.
For most websites, you just have to create an account on their websites in order to access the special rates.