If you are planning a trip in the near future, you might be wondering how you can get the best bang for your accommodation buck. By some sensible planning, you can get the best possible hotel for your budget so that you can have a great start to your trip. Here are some tips to get the best price:
Check your loyalty programs
Many of the organisations that you are already a part of will have deals that give discounts at hotel chains, including your alumni association, unions or your credit card. Often once you sign up for these programs once you travel a lot you can get free nights or free upgrades to your room. Often relatively small amounts of credit card points or loyalty points can be converted into substantial upgrades to your stay if you have some flexibility on the hotel that you stay on in a city or the exact time of your visit.
Offset your trip timing
If you have some flexibility on the time that you are planning to take your trips you can often make big savings. Locations that attract more business customers often have great specials during the weekends and hotels that get more tourist customers will have better mid-week deals. If you can't change the time of your trip but are staying with large hotel chain you can often check out different hotel sites in the same city as there can be a big price differential for the hotels in different parts of the cities during different part of the week, such as weekend specials in the CBD (Central Business District).
Leave it to the last minute
If you do need to make a last minute trip, don´t despair. there are some great deals available on last minute websites. These often give you extra great deals if you can bundle with your flight. For an extra deal trying click out of the website after you make your plans as many websites will offer you a special discount to stop you clicking away. It´s also a good idea to sign up for the newsletter as many sites offer a discount code when you sign up to a newsletter or commit to a first purchase.
If you have some flexibility in your hotel location or brand and look out for specials it is often possible to find a great deal at a fantastic hotel for your next trip.