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How to Save Money Booking a Hotel
For anyone planning a vacation, or even a business trip, it is likely that the greatest on-going expense is the cost of a hotel. A savings if even $10 a night can really add up quickly if one is going to be on the road for a week or more.
Here are some proven tips that can help:
1) Check On-Line, Then Call –
The major travel sites such as Expedia or Hotels(dot)com will list prices and availability for hotels. Be aware of two things: they may only have access to a limited number of rooms at a given hotel. If the website shows it is sold out, it may only be sold out to them. Also, that price is a negotiated price. After checking the price, call the hotel directly and ask if there is a better price for those dates.
2) Name All Organizations –
Hotels often have bands of prices with better rates available for members of large companies, service clubs, labor unions or political parties. Always ask for the Corporate Rate. If the desk or reservations clerk asks, start naming your affiliations.
3) Independents are Flexible –
Chain hotels often have their rates set by their central office, so an individual franchise may not have flexibility. Independent hotels, however, do set their own rate. During slower times, the traveler may well be able to negotiate a rate 5-10% below what is advertised.
4) Check That Wallet –
Hotels often have discounted rates for specific kinds of credit cards, or members of groups like the AAA. Look at what cards there are filling up the side pockets of the wallet or purse, then ask.
5) Is Booking Ahead Cheaper? –
It is always advisable to book reservations in advance. Do not assume that, for example, a Tuesday through Thursday travel time is a hotel’s slow period. It may be filled with business travelers. So do book ahead, but when doing so, ask if the rate agreed upon will be the same rate on check-in and will the traveler get the rate on check-in day it is lower? Then, if the answer is in the affirmative, ask for a confirmation email of that.
These tips will really lower the cost of travel.
Enjoy the stay!