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HOTEL BOOKING HACKS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Getting ready to plan your next big adventure or just a weekend away with a loved one? If so, make sure to read up on these 9 very important hotel booking hacks before planning your next trip.
1. Set Up Price Alerts: Head over to your favorite trip planning site (Orbitz or Travelocity to name a few) and set up price alerts. You can inform them of everything from your price range to the different locations and hotels you are interested in. When a cheaper price becomes available, you will get an update message sent to your inbox.
2. Sign Up/ Use Loyalty Programs: Loyalty? You know about this, yes? You appreciate it, right? Well so do businesses, especially hotels. No matter where you go in the world you are bound to find a Hilton or a Marriott so my advice is to do research, find a hotel with a loyalty reward program, and stick with them. They won’t always have the cheapest price for you, but over time, you will rack up loyalty points, points that you can use in the future for a free stay, upgraded rooms, or even free unlimited wifi.
3. Avoid Cancelation Fees by Switching Dates: Before booking your next hotel, check up on there cancelation policy, because sometimes life throws you a curve ball and theres nothing you can do about it, but you can avoid cancelation fees by merely switching the days of your trip instead of canceling all together.
4. Clear Browsing History: Just like when booking a flight, each time you return to the site prices will rise. So make sure that you are clearing your browse history between searches; that way you can get the fairest price.
5. Bundle Your Purchases: Do you like to save money? How about saving time? You can accomplish both when you bundle your hotel and flight. So before your next trip, head over to Travelocity or Orbitz and compare flights and hotel prices all at the same time. You’ll not only save time but you could find yourself saving a ton of cash.
6. Book in the Business Districts: If you are looking for decent hotels at a decent rate, then look no further than the business district, especially if you are just wanting to get away for the weekend. These hotels will be a little further from all the hot-spots you are wanting to hit up, but you will make up for that with the cheap hotel prices. The business hotels lose there clientele on Thursday and Friday and lower prices on the weekend to fill up there rooms until regular clients return on Monday.
7. Visit During Off-Season: Heading to Europe anytime soon? It’s widely know that Europe’s off season is between March through May; locals close up shop and head off on vacation or “holiday.” There will be a few downsides of visiting during this time, such as there being less places to eat, shops to visit , and a lot of companies will close earlier. However, you will see a dramatic drop in prices. So, if stretching your dollar is important to you, then consider an off-season vacation.
8. Take Advantage Of Your Credit Card Bonuses: Several different credit card companies offer signing bonuses, or bonus rewards for spending so much within the first few months. For example Chase Sapphire Preferred offers you 40,000 bonus points if you spend $4,000 dollars in the first 3 months. Make sure to take advantage of these situations because those points could go towards the hotel of your choice. If you already have a credit card and are not willing to sign up for another, check and see if there are any awards you are unaware of.
9. Work out Long Term Rates: If you are looking to stay for a week or longer, then don’t hesitate to email the general manager to talk with them about a discounted rate. You may have to pay up-front but in the end it will be worth it.