There are easy ways to get a good hotel deal if you know how to look for them, so I’ve showed people some of the tricks they can use to get one.
Sometimes you feel like choking on your tongue when you try to book a hotel as the prices seem so expensive, but that is because you don’t know how to find a good deal. There are some little tricks you can use and we’re going to look at them today. Try out some of these and I bet you’ll be surprised at how often they work.
Choose a hotel with free meals
When you go out for a meal it will usually cost you a lot of money and it eats into your holiday budget. You’re lucky because there are lots of hotels out there offering free meals, so if you can find one it means you won’t have to spend money in a restaurant. If there is more than one person staying in your room you can save a lot of money. Sometimes you might not be eligible for a free meal, but they can give you one if you ask.
Try to be flexible
A hotel will usually try to get rid of as many rooms as possible as it gets close to a particular date. They do this because if they don’t fill the room it will sit empty and they will lose a lot of money. If you’re flexible you can wait until closer to the date of arrival to book your room. Just be aware it doesn’t always work that way, plus if your desired hotel is fully-booked you will need to find somewhere else.
Ask for an upgrade
We’ve already talked about the fact some hotel rooms will be sitting empty, but do you have any idea what this means? If the hotel were to upgrade you to a new room it would mean your basic one would be sitting empty. This isn’t going to cost the hotel more money and upgrading you will turn you into a raving fan, so if you ask the front desk clerk for an upgrade they might say yes. Try to do it later in the afternoon because they’ll know what rooms are not going to be filled.
Forget about amenities
A lot of people spend money on a nice hotel because it has a swimming pool and a gym, but they don’t actually use any of them. This is crazy considering the hotel will probably make the rooms more expensive to cover the cost of those ‘free’ amenities. Unless you pack your sneakers and swimming trunks you should definitely look for a hotel that has exactly what you need because it will work out cheaper for you.
Look out for hidden charges
Any smart hotel owner will know they can offer a cheap room rate and make up for it in hidden charges. Do you think it’s weird that a lot of expensive hotels still charge people extra money to use the Wi-Fi? It won’t cost them a lot of money and they could easily afford to offer it for free, but you end up paying extortionate prices if you must use the internet. Look very closely for hidden charges before you book your hotel.
Book well in advance
We’ve already covered booking closer to the date of arrival, but I did tell you it sometimes works the other way too. This is because some hotels will be happy they’ve filled a room even if it means offering it for a cheaper price. The money in your pocket is better than the money you’re still waiting for. Phone up a hotel and ask someone if you can get a discount provided you book well in advance because there is no harm in asking.
You need to do something
It’s very likely you can get a better deal when staying at any hotel. The only reason you don’t is because you don’t ask for one. Some smart people get great deals every day, so you need to teach yourself how to get them too.
This post has been authored by Ralph Wilkins, an accountant at Admiralty Motor Inn, a hotel based in Geelong, Australia. He is quite passionate about reading and enjoys catching up on his favourite novels when he gets free.