Save Money With These 6 Hotel Booking Hacks

Aug 31, 2015 at 6:55 pm |
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Traveling is expensive. Why not make the most out of your hard earned vacation by saving some money on your hotel room? These easy tips are sure to help maximize your stay and make it a little easier on your wallet. Bon voyage!

1. Bundle

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Bundling your airfare and hotel and car together on a travel deal website really does save you money. Try sites like Orbtiz, Travelocity or Priceline if you need to reserve more than one service. You can still get the airline or hotel chain your prefer. These companies want your business and will cut their costs to get your book more through them. Pro tip: Always Google to see if there are promo or coupon codes you can use on these sites.

2. Tit for tat.

 

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If your active on social media like Instagram or Twitter, big hotel chains appreciate the shot-outs, especially if you have a large following.

3. The best time to book for the lowest prices.

 

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With both airline tickets and hotel rooms, the sweet spot is on Tuesdays after 3 pm, six weeks before your planned trip.

4. You’re in business with the business district.

 

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I know it’s cooler and less walking to stay in the hip neighborhoods, but it’s also a lot more expensive. For weekend travel, business districts are often dead because people travel for work during the week. Therefore, hotels desperatly want you.

5. Celebrate in style.

 

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Make sure the staff knows if you are celebrating a special occasion. Anniversary, birthday or bachelorette party — many hotels will do something nice for you. It could be a room upgrade, bottle of champagne or just going out of their way to make sure your stay will be extra special.

6. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

 

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You’d be surprised what’s available to you when you just ask. Ask about available perks like parking and breakfast. Call ahead and request a room on the top floor or a corner room. When checking in, ask if there are any available upgrades. Remember: It never hurts to ask.

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Everyone needs to know these before they book their next trip.