Monthly Archive: August 2018

8 Tips on How to Save on Hotel Bookings

There are more than a handful of websites that offer the best deal on hotel bookings, but did you know that there are other ways to save on hotel bookings? Read on to find out how.

Price Range Check

After going through the different websites like Travelocity and choosing a hotel that you think you would be happy with, don’t book just yet! Give the hotel a call to compare their actual offers and deals if you chose to directly book with them instead of via a hotel booking site.

Use Someone Else’s Booking Reservation

You are simply taking over a booked reservation from someone who had to cancel their trip but couldn’t get out for their booked reservation. This allows you to get a good deal on the same hotel room at almost (or even lower) the same original discounted rate when the booking was made.

The best source for this type of booking would be Roomer, which is a travel marketplace where people with non-refundable hotel reservations can list it up for sale.

Rebook for Price Matching

There is a high chance that your room rate would be offered at a lower price even after you have finalized your booking details. Don’t hesitate to contact the hotel for a possible price match and rebooking the room for a lower rate.

Remember that booked guests are always given the privilege of a 48-hour cancellation window without any penalties being charged.

Take Advantage of Online Coupon Codes

Take the time to search online for hotels that offer promotional discounts in addition to using online discount codes under applicable terms and conditions. The additional discount codes can generally range from 5% up to 20%, which means more savings for you.

Room Type Check

Hotels offer different types of rooms for a reason. Don’t hesitate to ask for a room type that would have a lower cost than the quote you are given when inquiring over the phone or via email. Most often than not, you could probably do away with the extra amenities that are offered for the higher priced rooms.

Fees and Taxes

Don’t be too eager to book a room yet. It pays to be aware that there might be additional fees and taxes that have not been clearly identified in the deal. Check with a hotel representative for these additional fees and taxes that normally doesn’t get included in the advertised room rate.

Extending a Weekend Trip

Studies have shown that booking a hotel room during long weekends to begin with a Friday night stay can be more expensive compared to beginning with a Saturday night stay. Experts have agreed that the lowest priced stay at a hotel would be for Sunday night.

Reviews Matter More Than Stars

The best source of reliable information on hotels would be customer reviews. Take the time to check out sites that offer both customer reviews and comparative hotel prices to help guide you in making the final decision.

Overall, taking the time to do your due diligence before finalizing a hotel booking is definitely worth it in the end if it means that you can save money, so you can spend it on other good stuff. Don’t you think so?

 

The Top 2 Best Online Sites to Visit for Hotel Bookings 2018

Booking a hotel reservation can be quite a task in itself particularly if you are looking to find the best deals available.

Nowadays, there are a number of online booking sites for hotels available that you can easily access to check out the available rates and deals on offer at your most convenient time.

The bad news is that since there is more than a handful, comparing the best site to book from based on price watch, price matching, and possible rewards plans can be a task in itself.

The good news is that this post aims to simplify the task for you by providing you with our top 2 choices based on ease of use, available listings, price matching, price watch, and rewards plans.

Hotels.com

Our top choice for the best online hotel booking service due to the ease of finding search results and booking a hotel would be Hotels.com.

Pros

Easy and simple search process. Visitors are only required to enter the destination city, travel dates, number of rooms needed, and the number of adults and/or children staying.

The sort and filter options allow you to sort the search by Hotel.com favorites, star rating, guest rating (in collaboration with TripAdvisor), price, and/or distance from more than one landmark.

The deal of the day is highlighted to catch your attention, so you won’t miss the booking opportunity. It is the perfect place to start looking for the best deals that can provide you with more than the average discounted rates.

Other accommodations such as hostels are also available for booking.

You can set up an alert to be notified if the price goes down.

Membership is not required but you might want to reconsider since members get special pricing offers that are not available to non-members.

Easy and straightforward rewards program with free sign up. Book and stay for 10 nights and you get 1 night free at a participating hotel. Frequent travelers can be bumped up to Silver or Gold rewards program levels based on the applicable rewards program rules.

You can also book a package with Hotel.com such as booking a hotel and a flight altogether.

Cons

Hotel.com does not allow you to book rental cars.

Orbitz.com

Second from the top of the list is Orbitz.com since it provides visitors with the chance to book hotels, flights, and rental cars altogether.

Pros

Visitors can search, sort, and filter by location, price, amenities offered, and even package discount rates.

Other accommodations such as hostels or apartments are available for booking.

Easily book a hotel, flight, and rental car at the same time for great savings.

Tickets to local attractions and even cruises are available.

The rewards program is offered in 3 tiers where you get to earn a percentage back from each purchase you made. The earned amount or “Orbucks” can be used for future Orbitz.com bookings. Depending on the promotion, Orbitz.com allows you to double or even triple the amount you earn for the purchase.

Cons

No price watch feature.

Shows listings that are already fully booked.

There is a restriction to the amount of Orbucks earned at each reward program tier.

How about you? What is your preferred online booking site?