Finding the right hotel can be difficult. You want one that is nice but not too expensive yet also in a good area. That combination is almost impossible. These money saving tips will help you find the perfect hotel at a reasonable price.
1. Visit During The Week
I know. I know. With work and school it is much easier to travel on the weekends, but if you can, try to visit during the week. Prices are much lower Sunday through Thursday. Plus, you will have the added bonus of your destination being less crowded!
2. Go in the off season
Obviously this won’t work if you are looking for a ski trip or a beach vacation but for other getaways it’s a great way to save money. A Caribbean cruise is going to be much more expensive in the summer than if you go in the Winter. Which is crazy because it is the Caribbean; the weather is beautiful year round. Vail, Colorado is known for skiing. If you don’t really care about skiing, visiting during the summer can save you hundreds of dollars at a five star resort.
Also look for specific dates. Disney World, for example, is much cheaper just after holidays.
3. Stay A Few Miles Away
As tempting as it is, you don’t always have to stay in the middle of the action! Tourist areas are inevitably going to be more expensive. Vegas is a great example. Everyone one wants to stay on the strip, and while the hotels on the Vegas Strip are unique and first class, they can also be really expensive. Prices drop significantly just a few short miles away.
4. Use Booking Sites like Priceline
Sites such as Priceline, Expedia, Travelocity, Hotels.com, Orbitz, and Hotwire have great deals. Hotwire has an option that allows you to get a hotel in the city you want and in the area you want with all the amenities you are looking for at a huge discount. The catch: you don’t find out the hotel until you get there. Priceline has a bidding option that is very similar.
5. Shop Around
Sometimes booking directly through the hotel’s website can get you the best rates and sometimes using booking sites like Expedia and Priceline can get you better rates. Shop around. Also keep an eye out for “flash sales” offered by hotels if you book directly.
Tip: Nonrefundable rates are usually cheaper
6. Bundle Up
If you are looking for more than a hotel, bundling the hotel with flights and/or a rental car can save you hundreds of dollars on your trip.
7. Become a Loyalty Member
Pick a hotel chain you love such as Marriott or Hilton and become a loyalty member. You can book rooms at a discounted price and well as earn points toward a free stay.
8. Check for deals
There are sites all over the internet that offer a deal of the day or deal of the week. travelzoo.com is my personal favorite. They offer great deals to destinations all over the world.
9. Book with roomertravel.com
One of the best ways to get a good deal on a hotel room is to purchase other travelers unwanted hotel reservations. Roomer connects you with travelers who are stuck with a reservation they can’t cancel but are willing to sell and transfer the reservation at a discount.
10. Download the Hotel Tonight App
If you can book last minute, this app is worth downloading on your phone. Hotels give them their unsold rooms and then the rooms are sold to you at a cheaper price.
11. Join an Association such as AAA
If you travel a lot, this is something worth considering. Membership starts as low at $50 a year and offers great perks in addition to discounts.