Choosing a hotel can feel a lot like finding a needle in a haystack. You have to consider location, comfort, and of course, you have to consider cost.
Finding the best deal isn’t always easy. It takes time and a little insider knowledge. Here are four ways you can get a better deal on your hotel stay.
Comparing prices online through sites like Expedia is a must. You can definitely get a great deal if you package your hotel and flight together. But, did you know you could save even more?
You just have to look for Expedia coupons online!
Not only are you likely to save by packaging your hotel, flight, and rental car together, with the right coupon, you could save up to 75 percent off the lowest hotel price. You may even be able to find a coupon that allows you to save on airfare as well!
Call the Hotel Directly
Your first stop should be a comparison site, and there’s no doubt you can save when you bundle your hotel with your flight and a rental car, but what if your flight and transportation are both taken care of? You should still compare hotel prices on those sites, but instead of booking with them, give the hotel a call.
You may be able to save even more when you book directly through the hotel. They can offer you discounts that comparison website aren’t authorized to offer such as:
- Lower room rates
- Perks, like access to better WiFi
- Free breakfast or food vouchers
- Free room upgrades
- And more
It doesn’t hurt to call and ask. Simply tell them the rate you found online and see if they can provide you with a better deal by booking directly through them.
Be Flexible About When You’re Traveling
If you’re able to be flexible about when you travel, you could get an even better deal on a hotel.
Most hotels raise their rates during certain times of the year. If you’re traveling during spring break, to a ski town during winter break, or a town that’s known for its fall foliage, you’ll pay more. If you choose to travel during the off season, you’ll end up paying less.
Book a Stay Last Minute
You probably spend a lot of time planning your vacation. That mean planning weeks, months, or even years in advance. Although you’ll definitely want to put your vacation time in as soon as possible at work, you may want to leave booking your hotel until the last minute.
In an effort to fill as many rooms as possible, many hotels are willing to offer special discounted prices on rooms that are booked at the last minute. You may not have as many options, but you can save big!
By saving on your hotel, you can use your money for something else. Use the money you save on a special dinner, an unforgettable souvenir, or use it to start funding your next trip!