Who doesn’t want to stay in a comfortable, luxurious hotel when traveling? Of course, we’d be lying if we raise our hands and say that we’d prefer sleeping on a bunk bed in a cramped hostel or set up a tent in a mosquito-filled campsite. All of us want to be pampered in a hotel, but not all of us are willing to pay the steep price.
That’s why it’s important to know a couple of tricks that could somehow help lower the expensive cost of hotel accommodation.
We’ve done our research and read some of the tried and tested hacks, passionate travelers, all over the world use to save money on hotels without scrimping on experience.
Stay in the hotel when no one does
Travel off-peak. Timing your stay during the off-season when business is slow can lead to savings. Of course, you might want to avoid weekends, major holidays in your target destination, and summer vacations since hotel prices get ridiculously high and try scheduling your stay on a midweek.
Consider booking directly with the hotel
Third-party booking sites are go-to places for finding hotel options, comparing prices, and snagging discounted, last-minute hotel deals. But before you confirm your booking, check the hotel’s own website for exclusive deals that they may grant to patrons who’ll book directly with them.
Hotels are more likely to offer enticing and price justifying deals and other upgrades for direct bookings, especially during off-seasons. In fact, most hotels guarantee that the lowest rates possible appear on their websites.
Sign up for hotel loyalty rewards
If you tend to travel and stay in a hotel frequently, it’s recommended that you sign up for a loyalty program of a particular chain. The more you stay in that hotel or any hotel that’s under their umbrella, the more points you earn. These points can be converted into free hotel stays.
Hotel brands constantly run promotions that can add to your stash of hotel night reward points too. They give out points to their loyal patrons in exchange for following their page or merely signing up.
Maximize hotel credit cards
Next to loyalty programs, you can save a bunch on hotels when you sign up for the hotel’s co-branded credit card. These hotel credit cards include Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express card, Word of Hyatt VISA credit card, and Hilton Honor credit card.
No need to stay in the hotel frequently to earn points: you can earn loyalty points just for using the credit card on your everyday purchases.
Watch out for hotel rates to go down
Don’t you just hate it when you agree to receive promo alerts from hotels and they just spam your inbox non-stop? Well, we all do. It’s a good thing that you can determine the best time to book your hotel room without all those spams.
Enter Pruvo, an innovative hotel price monitoring app. Hotel prices tend to drop after reservations are made. Now, Pruvo helps you save money by alerting you once the hotel price drops so you can rebook. It also gives you a heads up if it finds a cheaper option so you can cancel your original reservation and book a new one using its own booking service.
Use a last-minute app
The saying “the early bird catches the worm” doesn’t always apply to hotel bookings. In fact, you often get the best deal if you book at the last minute.
You can find last-minute deals, which are often cheaper than its standard rate, using apps like HotelTonight of Priceline Express Deals. You can also buy someone else’s non-refundable hotel reservation for a discounted rate using services like RoomerTravel or Cancelon.
Ask what’s included in the room rate
Okay, your hotel room looks heavenly, but what are the other things included in your rate that could somehow justify its price? Hotels may differ in amenities and offer a few freebies to attract potential guests: free wi-fi, complimentary drink, free breakfast, free parking, free shuttle transports, etc. Decide whether or not these freebies are significant to you and your trip so you can compare properties. Getting informed also encourages you to pack light and avoid bringing extras that you’ll get from your hotel anyway.
Book a hotel with a free breakfast buffet
If you’re like us and most of the travelers, you’ll always go to hotels with free breakfasts.
If you’re planning to have a day trip, booking hotel accommodation with a free breakfast can make a huge difference. It’s impossible to enjoy even the best tourist attractions in town if you’re traveling on an empty stomach, don’t you think? Just make sure your hotel’s “free breakfast” goes beyond stale toast, coffee, and cereals — go for a buffet!
Or bring (and cook) your own food
If you find a truly attractive hotel, conveniently located near your target tourist destinations but they don’t offer free breakfasts, you can always save money by bringing your own food. It’s a plus point if the hotel has a fully-equipped kitchenette. But if they don’t, you can use the standard in-room items to heat and cool your food, like the microwave, fridge, and electric kettle or coffee maker.
And ditch the hotel bar too. You’ll be better off buying your own drinks and simply soaking up the lovely atmosphere from your balcony or pool area.
Author Bio: Carmina Natividad is a passionate content writer who loves traveling, discovering new food, taking photos, and of course, writing. She’s got a lot to say about travel, dining, cultural appreciation and lifestyle. To know more about hotel and tourism tips, you may visit Leopold Hotel Oudenaarde.