Booking on a travel site, such as Expedia can save you big when you bundle. You can usually purchase airfare, hotels, and rental cars together. Choosing this option can save you hundreds of dollars.
Check Out Extended Stay Hotels
Extended stay hotels usually have a small kitchenette that will save you money when you use it to prepare your meals, rather than going out. Also, oftentimes they are used by people who are on business trips, so weekend rates can actually be cheaper.
Travel In The Off Season
During peek seasons (holidays and the summer) hotels expect more people to be traveling. During the off season, they usually offer discounts to try to to fill their rooms.
Groupon is a deal site that offers tons of deals for anything from clothes, attractions, and even hotels. If you are planning on a trip, check Groupon often to see if there are any hotel deals at your destination.
Check The Fees
Have you ever booked a hotel that advertised it’s rooms for $150 and then when you pay, it’s actually more like $200? When comparing rates of hotels, make sure to take into account added fees. The advertised price on most hotels doesn’t include them. A hotel may seem cheaper, but after adding the fees, it might not be the best option.
Choose Your Location Wisely
Hotels in the middle of the city are often more expensive than ones in different neighborhoods. Check the prices of hotels all around the area you are staying to find the cheapest rate.
Join Hotel Rewards Programs
Tons of hotels have rewards programs. Every time you stay at their hotel, or one of their sister hotels, you will accumulate points. Once you have enough points, you can cash them in to score a free night!
Take Advantage of Free Breakfast
Make sure your hotel offers free breakfast, so you don’t have to spend as much to eat out.
Use Discounts That You Already Have
Did you know that many hotels offer discounts to military members, teachers, students, emergency workers, healthcare workers, and government employees? If you think you might qualify, check hotel websites to see if they offer these programs.
Check In Later In The Day
If hotels have a lot of available rooms, they might be willing to give you an upgrade for free. Ask about it at the front desk.
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