These simple travel tips will help everyone save money from the newbie traveler to the seasoned explorer no matter your budget. It’s happened to every one of us, you might just not know it. Same room, same property, but you paid $100-$1000 more and you didn’t even know it. What’s the difference? Maybe only a few days. Maybe it was the method in which you booked. Read on to hone in on some of the best tricks of the trade in hotel booking.
- Don’t Only Search By Price
The hotel offering the lowest price doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting the best deal. There are usually hidden fees and inclusions that add up to more value than another property. For example, is the WiFi free? Does the property offer a continental breakfast in the morning? Paying for those two items alone may place your payment above another property’s.
Bottom Line: read the fine print.
- Be Patient and Hunt Flash Sales
There are several periods throughout the year when the property you are eyeing will offer flash sales for you ton score discounted hotel rooms. For example, Expedia.com offers discounts up to 30% on its mobile app. Individual hotels offer frequent discounts on their social media sites as well.
Bottom Line: stalk that hotel
- Loyalty Programs Pay Off
Many properties reward those who keep coming back. Hilton Honors, Marriott Rewards….the number of programs are as endless as the number of hotels. Sign up with a hotel you have been happy with in the past and make it a point to revisit it next trip. Special rates can add up!
Bottom Line: stay loyal
- Utilize a Travel Agent
Travel agents affiliated with large agencies have pre-negotiated preferred rates with tons of hotels and resorts. They can help to find the best deals and many times even upgrade your room or get you beverage credits. And did you know that typically, using a travel agent is FREE?!?! What’s there to lose?
Bottom Line: ask an expert
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