Following are some tactics for getting the best hotel rates any time you travel. Your mileage may vary, and some hotels are more flexible than others, but these 15 tricks should keep you on the winning side of the bargaining table.
Book at the Last Minute Offer
If your travel plans are flexible, you could get a great rate by waiting to book your hotel until the last minute. Hotel managers are often willing to lower their rates to fill their last rooms.
You might think, with real-time information zooming across the Internet all the time now, that all of the online booking web sites would have exactly the same rates. Not so. In fact, I’ve often found vastly different rates for similar rooms at the same hotel on Expedia, and Quick book. It’s worth taking the few extra minutes to pull up the same hotel on a few different services and compare the prices.
Book Direct to the Hotel
Reserve your room with the hotel directly if you got the deal you wanted or if it matched the Internet price and you can avoid the website fees. Reserve through the booking website if that was the best deal, including any fees.
Stay at a new hotel
Recently opened properties may not be as full, and have an added incentive to court return guests.
Signup for alert when the price drop
When you don’t have the time to keep a close eye on prices, sign up for alerts through websites like Hotels.
They’ll take care of the work for you, emailing you when the prices start to drop while ensuring that they don’t flood your inbox.
Book with specific Credit Card
Some hotel chains have credit card companies with whom they are associated or even have credit cards that are linked with their reward programs, such as Holiday Inn’s Priority Club credit card. Using a credit card associated with the hotel can often score you a small discount.
Travel during the off season
Travelling during the off-season is one of the best ways to save since many deals apply to airfare and hotels – keep in mind that where you travel to also impacts your bottom line.Orlando is attractive to visitors at almost all times of the year, but they will often find some of the best values and fewer crowds in the months of May and September” says George, President & CEO of Visit Orlando.
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