Are you looking to book the cheapest hotel possible? Want to know the tricks that travel pros use? Then you have found the right place! Today, we shall look at the different ways you can book the cheapest hotel possible this year!
Search and Compare Multiple Sites
Almost everyone knows you have to compare several sites to see if you get the best deal or the cheapest hotel. Using a variety of searches will help you compare apples to apples and search for the best deal.
It can be overwhelming, and you can quickly go down a rabbit hole. When I am searching, I typically use these tools: Kayak, Skyscanner, Priceline, and Google Travel. Naturally, there are others, but these are my go-to’s.
And, once I have found the best price, I always check it against the hotel’s price directly. Nine times out of ten, the cheapest price is available now through the hotel.
Sign-up For Hotel Chain Emails & Enroll In Loyalty Programs
First-hand browsing is highly advisable. Suppose you have a few names jotted based on hear-say. You can visit the sites sign up for their newsletters, and start following them as a part of their fan club. This might get you good deals and discounts. You might also be eligible for different perks and benefits on the hotel’s behalf. Go ahead and get connected!
Call The Hotel Directly
Never rely solely on what you see online or on advertisements. An old-fashioned phone call can often be the difference. There is no harm in calling up and confirming the prices. And, you can put in a good word. It doesn’t always work, but it can. It’s convenient if you have an extended stay or many people traveling with you.
Hotels are willing to work with you directly – you have to call and ask.
Be Flexible With Dates
It’s a good thing if you do not have specific dates or requirements of stay. You can plan on staying in the off-season or, even better, travel on weekdays. You can use search filters like “best rate, deal finder, or calendar view” to see where the cheapest hotels show up.
Be Open To Alternative Accommodation
If your sole goal is to find the cheapest hotel in a specific category, broaden your horizons. Look at the other alternatives to hotels and resorts such as homestays, Airbnb, rentals, lodges, or even guest houses. This can reduce the cost of a stay by a reasonable amount, and renting a home or condo has many advantages.
Discounts, discounts! Who doesn’t love them? Count your stars if you work for the government, are a student, or are from the military. You might get additional discounts or benefits on your stay. This will not just be an advantage to you, but the hotel sees it as a great privilege to offer these discounts. Offering discounts like this helps hotels with their promotions and marketing.
Don’t forget AAA. Almost all hotels offer a AAA discount. It might not be combinable with all rates or available if you do book the cheapest hotel so check the guidelines.
Also, when using discounts, most hotels require that you book through them directly.
Offers & Deals
If you are a frequent shopper or traveler, you know about deals. Early-bird offers last-minute deals or even end-of-season discounts. You can book your stay using these offers to save tons of money for other expenses. Most deals and offers require a code. Remember to copy a code to see the final pricing if there’s a code.
There’s an application for everything today. Are you confused about which hotel to go for or which hotel booking provider to use? Let an app do all the work for you. You can find all of my favorite apps here: the best hotel booking apps and download them. Remember to choose apps that have a good rating and are reliable.
Claim Your Loyalty
Did you recently visit a hotel you loved? Are you planning on going there again? Or is there a hotel you always stay at when you travel to a particular destination? Sign up for the hotel’s loyalty program and start earning loyalty points.
You will earn free nightly stays and many other perks that only members receive.
Double down and earn twice as many points using a co-branded credit card. My favorite hotel credit card is the IHG one; you can read about it here:
Why IHG Rewards Club Is Better Than Hiltons Honors
Booking Through Travel Membership Groups
Bid farewell to expensive stays if you are a wanderlust group or the backpacking kind. You can buy a membership from different travel clubs such as Mahindra and Karma, amongst others, so that you get amazing offers on your stays with goodies or even perks such as free meals or even planned itineraries for your exploration.
We resort to different search engines to figure out and compare various commodities and services before procuring them. Why not do the same for our stay? Different search engines and portals dedicated to hotel bookings show different prices at other times of the year. Go for the best alternative after a thorough search through different booking platforms.
Credit Card Discounts
We have all heard of different discounts available through credit cards. But how many of us do redeem those discounts? Most credit cards have a portal that you can use to redeem points. And, they have exclusive deals only available on their site.
You can save big if you access your credit cards portal. And, it’s not just the discounts, you will also earn points, which will give you freebies and other perks.
Lock In & Hold The Rate
Pre-planning is always the best policy. Book well in advance, so you get great rates before the season kicks off. Go for non-refundable stays and hold the rate. These deals cost less than the others and are discounted when you book in advance.
*Note, the downside to this is that if you chose the cheapest hotel rate which is non-refunable, you risk loosing what you paid if your plans change.
Have you heard of Groupon, coupons.com, Amazon coupons, etc.? They not only offer coupons for food and activities but travel as well. If you are an avid coupon user, you can score different hotel booking discounts & offers.
I booked a nine night trip to Ireland including flights on Groupon for less than $1,000 per person!
Why go through the hassles of booking every aspect of your trip separately. Sometimes a bundle will give you the cheapest hotel available through the bundles.
Bundles not only reduce the time and effort to book but also give you deals that reduce the trip’s overall expense.
look for newly introduced or renovated hotels. They usually start with low prices to entice people to try the place. Most new hotels have an introductory offer. And these offers typically include complimentary perks during the stay and other additional experiences.
Last Minute Cancelations
You’ve found the ideal hotel ad want to book it, and it’s complete. Revisit the hotel site in a few days and check availability. Or try booking a few hours before check-in. There might be cancellations. If you book a room that has been canceled, you will get a reasonable price.
I earlier mentioned how credit cards get you discounts and points. If you are a frequent traveler and use your credit card for hotel booking, you will earn a ton of points. Points will translate to complimentary stays. This not only stands true for hotel booking but also flights. Save and save!
These are some tricks on booking the cheapest hotel with ease. It takes some work to navigate all the different methods of booking. However, if your goal is to score the most affordable hotel or get the best price for a specific hotel, follow these tips!
What did we miss? What other tricks do you use to score the cheapest hotel? Drop your comments below.
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