Everyone wants to be able to go around the world and stay at the best of the best hotel. Let's be real, we all can't afford an exquisite hotel. Some of the top hotels, even the small boutique ones, cost an arm and a leg. What most don't know is that there are ways you can stay at these hotels and pay a cheaper rate.
Here are my Hacks for Hotel shopping.
1.Bundle Savings/Vacation Package
Most hotels will include your airfare in the price, and if they do, you'll notice the room rate goes down. Now I know some of you may believe that this is not a deal. However, it actually is. It is proven that when we book vacations separate we end up paying more. In this case, both flight and room are reduced. When you book a vacation package, you will have a cheaper rate for both and, quite possibly, be within your budget.
2. Mailing List
As simple as this is, you'll be surprised by the number of people who do not do this. So, of course, when planning your vacation you already have a list of places in mind you would like to stay for whatever reasons. The best thing to do is sign up to that hotel's mailing list. Hotels typically send out codes to receive money off for a 2 or 3-night stay at their location. Sometimes, they may even add in a bonus, like resort credit or dine in dollars. Either way, you can save.
3. Credit Cards
For those of you who have a credit card, this applies to you. Most cards give you cash back, or a percentage off your stay, depending on which card you hold. This is one of the best ways to travel.
4. Search engines
Expedia is not the only search engine you can use for cheap hotels. Tons of search engines will give you low prices when booking. Some of them even give you points. If you use them enough, you can receive cheaper deals for the hotel you want to stay at. Check out hotels.com, Priceline, Orbitz, Expedia, Kayak and cheaphotels.org for low hotel pricing.
Yes, CALL!! You'll be very surprised. I've gotten much lower rates, and exclusive deals when I call the hotel. You can even receive exclusive deals that their site will not have! All I'm saying is, you'll never know until you try.
When it comes to traveling, remember, there is always a hack.