When booking hotels, finding cheap deals are not impossible. You can find discounts from your favourite hotels and do other things that you can learn here.
Travelling has become part of people's lifestyles nowadays and so does staying in a hotel. Thus, booking hotels has become an inseparable part of travelling. You can find a hotel for its convenience, facilities and/or rates. However, finding a hotel with the top facilities can be costly. And finding a cheap hotel with great facilities is almost impossible.
But worry not, we have some booking hotel tips to make a cheap hotel booking. Here’s the list.
1. Call the Hotel Directly
If you find a hotel deal on a website, directly call the hotel before booking via the website. If you are lucky, you can get a better deal than the one you found on the website. As the website does not always update its content, you may miss some extras that you can get. These extras may include breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and late checkout.
You can also ask for more detailed information and other things that you need exclusively. Don’t hesitate to ask for deals, especially if you are planning to have a long stay.
Besides, when booking hotels directly, you can make the payment later upon arrival. This will at least help you secure the best deal. We know that some deals are there for a limited time. So, booking hotels in advance becomes crucial even before the money is at hand.
2. Buy Cancelled Reservation
Here is another plus if you have friends who want to cancel their undefendable reservation. It is indeed rare, but it does not mean that it won’t happen. If it does, your friends will happily give you the ticket at a fair amount of discount. Otherwise, your friends won’t get their money back.
For more chances like this, you can check out RoomerTravel.com. The website connects users with other people who need to cancel their non-refundable bookings. Since cancellation will cause them to lose a fair amount of money, they are more than willing to sell the reservation at a discounted price. The good news is you can get up to 74 percent off!
3. Look for Small Hotels
You may have noticed that extra cost is added to hotel rates you see on websites. The extra cost comes from a payment that the hotel makes for promoting their hotel on those websites. Meanwhile, small hotels do not have that extra budget to pay for the website commission.
So, it is recommended that you call the hotel directly when you find their names on hotel booking sites. While you’re calling, be sure to ask about the hotel facilities and whether it’s possible for you to get a discounted price.
4. Turn on Website Alerts
How many hotel booking sites have you signed your account in to? If you have only one, you need to have more. The more the better lah. Why?
Some websites offer membership discounts and member-only prices. You know what that means lah. Several websites even offer last-minute deals and coupons. Some websites even give you points that can be exchanged for discounts for flight tickets, car rentals, vacation packages, and more. If you have reached certain points, you may get a free night, or an upgraded hotel stay.
So, sign in to more websites and turn on the notification alerts from those websites.
5. Look for Coupons
When you walk into a hotel and request for a coupon deal, you will most likely leave unsatisfied. Hotels do not always offer a coupon. If they do, they only do it on special occasions and announce it on their websites or send some coupons to their partners. But you can still get hotel coupons from online hotel booking sites and coupon websites, such as Groupon.
If you’re lucky, you can get $20 off $150 booking and up to 40 percent off from websites. Groupon is a website that offers such deals. Check for deals on the website every time you plan to travel.
6. Book for the Best Deal with Free Cancellation
Do you notice that some websites offer hotel reservations with free cancellation? However, when you notice the best deal with “free cancellation” on one of those websites, find more details. Check the cancellation policy. Some policies require you to meet certain criteria that you may not be able to fulfil. You don’t want to incur losses on vacation, right?
Although it sounds great, it is not recommended that you chope multiple rooms from different websites for the same date! Although it sounds good economically, it’s not ethical. Besides, there are websites that offer a greater discount, but with no free cancellation.
7. Sign up for a Credit Card with Hotel Rewards
How many credit cards do you have? Do they offer you some kind of reward? If not, you probably need to consider using credit cards from another provider.
Credit card issuers usually give you points when the credit card is used for booking hotels. If they don’t, kiss them goodbye.
Capital One Venture Rewards card is one of credit cards you can use for this. It offers a bonus of 50,000 miles of flight (worth $500) when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months of using the card. Regarding hotel bookings, it gives you 10x the miles on thousands of hotels when you make a reservation via hotels.com/venture. Besides, when you check the website, you’ll see that you can get one free night after booking 10 nights on hotels.com.
You can use the bonus miles any time before its expiry, including a discounted price for booking hotels and flights. Plus, there are no foreign transaction fees.
Another card you can use for booking hotels is Chase Sapphire Preferred. This card gives you double points that you can get after every travel and dining anywhere worldwide. You can also earn 6,000 bonus points (worth $750) after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months. Exchange those points with a hotel partner program. You can also book a hotel directly via the Chase Ultimate Rewards and get a 25% bonus value on your points.
Tip: check your MasterCard card for an extra 10 percent off at selected hotel bookings via Hotels.com.
8. Take a Shared-Room
Yes, you read it right. There are a lot of people out there that make money out of their house or apartment unit by sharing or renting their room. Does it mean that you share a room with the owner? Yes. You can rent a house while the owner is having a vacation or rent a room if the owner thinks the apartment unit is too big to live alone. If you search online, you’ll see that such offers exist.
As it is “shared”, the price is way lower than booking a regular hotel room.
9. Stay Longer? Book for Weekly Rates
Planning to have a long vacation in another city or abroad? If so, then you need to read this.
You should know that booking hotels for more than a week is expensive, even if you book a room in a low-end hotel. However, you can actually book a hotel for weekly and even monthly rates. How do you think those moneybags live in a hotel for weeks? They know the deal.
Hotels give this deal as they can profit from fewer room changeovers. It means less spending on laundry they usually do for daily checkouts. And they don’t need to provide new soap and things every day, because, you know, the guest stays for weeks.
10. Opt for a Business Hotel
You may not be a businessman or doing business, but you need to try this. Business people always have their meetings on weekdays. This way, you can get most of your vacation on weekends at the hotel. Although the swimming pool can be smaller than what you usually get, you can get scuba diving or paragliding offers instead.
11. Hotel Loyalty Program
Do you have a favourite hotel in mind? If you do, how frequent do you make your reservation at the hotel? If you stay there quite frequently, check for the hotel’s loyalty program.
Most hotels have a loyalty program. It is a program which makes sure every loyal guest can benefit from their reservation. You can get a free night or 10 percent off after booking several nights in the hotel.
Now that you know how to make a cheap hotel booking, there is one other thing you should pay attention to. Check the total cost after booking hotels. Some hotels don’t include facility charges in online quotes. Those charges may be breakfast, Wi-Fi, gym, and parking. So, it is best to check whether those facilities are free, or you’ll end up paying more than you are willing to.