You already know the basics of finding cheap accommodation but we’ve got a few more tricks up our sleeves. We’ve gathered some of the simplest and most effective travel hacks that will make your vacation truly feel like one. See for yourself how you can get a great deal on your room and travel with style:
Sign up for loyalty programs
The most fool-proof way of getting a good deal on your room or some free upgrades or perks is by signing for the hotel loyalty program. Marriott’s loyalty program, for instance, includes free WiFi on each trip, as well as access to exciting experiences and exclusive events. Other hotels might offer free nights or items with your reservation.
It might also be a good idea to look into any loyalty program that booking websites offer. One of the best deals we’ve encountered is the loyalty program of Hotels.com – it allows you to book 10 nights (they can be in different locations) and get a night-stay for free.
Make use of price drops alerts
While on it, make sure you sign up for price drops alerts. Even the best of us can miss a good deal from time to time but fortunately, the automated system will ensure you always take advantage of the cheapest price for your accommodation. Websites such as Hotels.com and Kayak enable you to sign up for any price drops and receive a notification or an email alert when such appears.
Your smartphone can become your best friend when travelling and not just because it can be a life-saver if you’re lost in a new city. Apps are becoming one of the most popular ways to get a discount on airfare or accommodation. Hotel Tonight, for instance, shows you any last-minute discounts and deals on rooms, and loyalty members have exclusive access to a ‘secret price’ menu within the Hotels.com app. Waste no time and install the app on your phone – and make sure you check it regularly!
Coupons, coupons, coupons
Coupons and vouchers are another fool-proof way of scoring great discounts and deals on accommodation when travelling. Sites such as Coupons.com and DealsPlus.com are your best chance when looking for a way to knock some bucks off the price of your hotel.
There are also browser extensions that will search for any discounts applicable to the website you’re browsing and apply them automatically to your basket.
Reverse psychology… and some normal psychology
Just like you would normally book a flight when you know fewer people would be travelling, try to book a room opposite to when most other people would. As we already said in the previous piece, checking in near the end of the day is a good way to get a discount, but when it comes to booking a stay in a business hotel, making a reservation during the weekend often yields better prices. The opposite is true for resort and leisure accommodation – book these midweek to get a great deal without breaking the bank.
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