While many of us would love to travel more often and see the world, the cost associated with travelling may be limiting your ability to make your dream vacation a reality. While there is no one single secret to snagging a great hotel deal, there are plenty of tricks that can help you land a great rate.
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There are a lot of different costs to consider when it comes to planning our next getaway, however, the cost associated with accommodations will often eat up a significant amount of your budget. This will often lead us to write off those ‘dream locations’ as being out of our budget and therefore unattainable or settling for less than we originally wanted in our vacation – budget motels or shorter timelines, for example. If you’re willing to put a little work into searching for a deal, that dream vacation may still be within your reach!
I’m not promising some magic, instant solution, it’s going to take a little work on your part. However, if you’re willing to put the time and effort in, these tricks may score you significant savings!
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Find The Best Hotel Deal With These 5 Simple Tricks:
#1 – Maximize Discounts and Rewards
There are a number of different ways you can leverage discounts and reward programs to help save some extra cash. Start by looking at programs and group that you are already a part of like CAA, as they often provide discounts with specific hotels and resorts.
If you regularly travel and like to stick with a specific chain of hotels, look into their loyalty program. Another option is to reassess the credit card that you are using to book your travels. There are some great credit cards that allow you to earn credit towards your hotel stays. These travel rewards are often geared towards a specific chain of hotels, much like the loyalty program.
Before you go signing up for a program or credit card, however, make sure that you take time to do your research. You want to look into any rules, stipulations, restrictions or requirements to ensure that they won’t impact your travel plans.
#2 – Try A Package Deal
Rather than focusing on just your hotel room, expand your search to include other aspects of your travel plans. Many companies will offer a deal if you are willing to package your airfare, accommodations and/or car rentals rather than booking these all separately.
There are two ways that you can approach finding this type of package deal – You can search for a good deal yourself using booking websites, or you can contact a travel agent to find out what packages they have available to them. The travel agent may be affiliated with a specific brand that will allow them to get you better rates, upgrades and more.
Make sure that you are also looking at the cost of these items individually, as a package deal may or may not be the best rate.
#3 – Look Past the Price
One of the biggest mistakes we make when trying to book a good hotel deal is to allow the price to drive our answer without really digging into it. Sure, there are some clear guidelines that you can generally count on…
If a room price is ridiculously low and seems to good to be true, it probably is. I’ve literally had the doorknob to my room fall off in my hand at a hotel once before. At the same time, if the price of a room is completely through the roof, it’s fair to say that the combination of ‘luxury’ and brand name probably isn’t going to fall under ‘hotel deals’. If you’re looking to splurge, go for it, but if you’re looking for a deal, you can cross these off your list.
However, if you’ve narrowed it down to a handful of rooms that are all rated similarly and in the same area, don’t take the price at face value. There are a few important details that could be influencing the overall price that may hit your trip budget! Take some time to look into what is included with your room rate – Does your hotel offer a complimentary breakfast? Do you have to pay for parking? These additional costs can quickly eclipse any savings in the room cost.
#4 – Last Minute Deals
Whether or not this trick will work for you will depend on whether you are the kind of person who needs to have everything planned in advance, or if you are comfortable going with the flow. When it gets down to the last minute, hotels will drop significant discounts in order to try to fill up rooms that will otherwise be sitting vacant. These deals are available not only directly through the hotel but also through a number of popular travel websites, like Expedia.
Another option is to use the website Roomer. There are times where someone books a non-refundable room, however, something comes up and they are no longer able to use it. Rather than finding themselves completely out the money, they can put the room up on this site for others to book at a reduced rate. It’s a win/win – The original guest that booked the room can recoup some of their money while the new guest is able to save money.
You need to be prepared, however, that this approach may not always work in your favour. If you find that there are no deals at the hotels you were interested in looking at, you may find yourself having to pay more for your accommodations or settling for a lower quality location.
#5 – Browse Daily Deal Sites
Sites like Groupon and LivingSocial offer some great travel deals if you keep an eye on them. The problem is that they move quickly, which means if you aren’t right on top of it you may miss out. If you want to find a killer hotel deal, be prepared to move fast!
I listed this as the last point for a specific reason – There will be times that the deals you see aren’t actually the best deal available to you. Using the first 4 tricks here, you may be able to secure a lower price on your own. Be sure to do your due diligence in advance, then start logging onto these sites regularly to catch the deals before they’re gone.
Have you ever managed to swing an incredible deal on a hotel stay? I’d love to hear your story in the comments, including any tricks I may have missed!