Everyone would admit that it feels great to get the best for the least effort. That is what drives economic revolutions, from steam engines to artificial intelligence. And who says the same idea cannot be extended to hospitality too? Indeed it can! You can get great hotel deals for the least amount of money.
In this article we show you how you can get great hotel deals online; cozy and beautiful, and cost-friendly. Grab you a glass of fresh drink, sit back and ride along as we unveil some insightful hacks around getting the best hotel booking experience you can ask for.
1. Leverage Kayak for price alerts
Kayak is a metasearch engine run by Booking Holdings. it is a fare aggregator – the Reddit of hotel booking, in a way. You can signup with Kayak to get price alerts of hotels you have interest in. This way you can know when the price falls to its minimum via an email alert.
2. Hop on hotel-traveler discrepancies
It sometimes happens that travelers cancel hotel rooms they had initially booked, perhaps due to unavoidable circumstances. There are some websites that list these accommodations, at lower prices, for other travelers who are smart enough to take such chances. Such sites include Roomer and Cancelon.
3. Look out for hotel discount deals
There are websites like Groupon that list hotel coupon deals; get familiar with such sites. Another one is Living Social. These sites list high-end hotels that would have too much without discounts, so you are more than likely to find your taste if you have a luxurious one.
4. Take advantage of airline miles
Yes, you can use airline miles to book great hotel deals, they are not just useful for flights. So what do you do the next time you have no idea what to do with your airline reward? Book a hotel.
5. Strike a hotel deal with your credit card points
A good number of credit cards give lofty bonus points just because you signed up or spent a certain threshold amount of money within a given time. Two of such credit cards are Hilton Honors American Express and Chase Sapphire Preferred that give as much as 50,000 bonus points. You can do your research to find the ones that give the most bonus, but the bonus can be exchanged for money that can go for booking a hotel when you go on a trip.
6. Join travel organizations for discounts
Members of travel organizations get to enjoy certain percentage discounts on hotel deals. You can join the AAA to get discounts on hotels and car deals, and if you happen to be under 35 years of age, you can get a cut on accommodations globally when you acquire an International Student Identity Card (ISIC).
7. Grab hotels deals on Priceline Express
With Priceline Express you can save up to 60% of the actual hotel fee! This is one hell of a discount, to say the least, although you get only limited details as to what hotel it is until you pay; you know everything (location and amenities) but the hotel name actually. So there is still a chance that you do not get what you want. You could be fortunate too to get a luxury hotel almost at no cost.
8. Leverage Hotel Tonight for 11th hour deals
Owned by Airbnb Inc, HotelTonight is an online travel app that allows users to find cheap hotel accommodations in the Americas, Europe as well as in Australia. With the app, you get to book comfortable hotels at discounted prices at the last minutes.
9. Earn from reviewing hotels on Yonderbound
First, you need not be a travel blogger to do this. Just like Trip Advisor, travelers can just site up on Yonderbound to write hotel reviews. There is one distinction between the two sites, however. On Yonderbound, you get 70% of the profit made on sales made when a customer books a hotel after reading your review. So what do you lose? Absolutely nothing.
10. Try Social Engineering
Ok I agree, the title made this look big. What I mean is, ask! Call or send an email to the hotel (or someone in particular) asking nicely about available hotel deals. Also, make inquiries concerning any possible adjustments in their deals if the stay is extended (if you have such plans); trust me you are likely to get something good, as hotels want you to stay longer. And if you think about it, what is the worst case scenario? They either repeat all you know about their deals already from the Internet, or give you a better offer.
Got an exciting idea yet? I am sure you now do. So when next you are traveling, experiment with saving some of your funds for more important needs by getting great hotel deals.