If a family vacation or trip to another city is in your near future, chances are you’re looking for easy ways to save money on travel accommodations. I have great news. There are many ways to do just that. Keep reading to learn about a few simple tips that are sure to reduce the amount of money you pay for a room.
Book Mid-Week Reservations
You’ll typically save money on your hotel stay, if you are able to book mid-week. This is especially true if you’re traveling to specific locations like Las Vegas or Orlando. Believe it or not, some hotels almost triple their prices on the weekends. How do they get away with it? It’s a simple case of supply versus demand.
Reserve “Free Cancellation” Rooms
More and more online booking engines are offering travelers the chance to reserve “free cancellation” accommodations. Booking.com is famous for this perk. The vast majority of accommodations offered on the site are “book now, pay later.” This allows you to choose your hotel room in advance, while keeping an eye on prices. If you happen to find something lower, simply cancel and rebook.
Book a Room in a Smaller Town
Are you vacationing in large city? If your answer is yes, consider staying in a smaller town nearby. It’s almost guaranteed that you’ll pay less for a room. The only exception to this is if you’re attending a super large event that people from all over will be attending. In this case, the more in advance you book, the better.
Inquire About Family Rates
Even if a hotel doesn’t publicly post an official “family rate,” that doesn’t mean you’re totally out of luck when requesting one. It never hurts to ask. In addition to actual discounted prices, family rates sometimes include free meals for kids, attraction tickets or other types of upgrades.
Subscribe to E-Newsletters
If you have a favorite booking engine or hotel brand, subscribing to their newsletter keeps you up-to-date on any specials offered. The same thing goes for social media accounts. Many times, hotels announce special deals for their followers only.
Check out Alternative Accomodations
Websites like Airbnb let you find suitable accommodations in people’s private homes. You can rent a room, a condo or a whole house, depending on your needs, at a variety of price points.
Delete Your Cookies
This is a trick that many people don’t know about. When you visit a website to get booking information, the site saves your search data. So, if you go back a second time without deleting your cookies you’re going to see the same price, even if the current price is lower… there’s even a chance you may be charged more!
Use Reward Programs
If you tend to stay at the same hotel chain, you’re leaving money on the table if you don’t sign up for their rewards program. To make the most of your membership, use the credit card attached to the program to pay the bill. Your points will rack up that much faster. (Just be sure to pay the credit card bill when it comes in!)
These are just a few ways to save money on travel accommodations. It seems pretty simple, doesn’t it? Probably the most important thing to remember is this: When you wait until the last minute to make reservations, chances are you will pay more.