Travel these days can be very expensive. Wherever you are going, it is always preferable to try and save as much money as you can without skimping on the quality of the service you receive. This is especially true with hotels. You don’t want to spend your nights in a dump, but at the same time you don’t want to spend all of your hard earned cash on a room. With these tips, you can hopefully save quite a bit at hotels wherever you are traveling.
1. Call the hotel directly. If you call the 1-800 number to get reservations, you will most likely be sent to the central office that has fixed rates. If you call the hotel directly, you can usually negotiate a better price.
2. When negotiating with the hotel, try to offer 20 percent less than what online sites like Travelocity, Orbitz, or Expedia are offering, because hotels usually pay a commission of up to 30 percent to online sites like that. If you offer 20 percent lower than the online site, both parties will benefit.
3. Look for independently owned hotels. They are much more willing to give you a discounted price than the big name hotel chains are.
4. If you are looking for an upgrade on your room without paying more, ask the hotel clerk when there aren’t other guests around. You can also ask for a corner room, they are usually more spacious than the rest of the rooms.
5. Remember, it’s fine to take the shampoo, lotion, and soap from the hotel, the hotels do put their logo on them as a form of advertising. But if you take the pillows, bed sheets, or irons, they will bill you for it.
6. If the hotel charges for Wi-Fi, it’s actually easier for the hotel desk clerk to remove the charges from your bill when you checkout than it is for them to agree to waive the charges before you check in.
7. As a side note, if there is a concierge wherever you are staying, they can get kickbacks if they send you to overpriced tourist traps. Ask the hotel clerk where a good place is if you want an unbiased opinion.
8. Also, if you happen to have a special request, you’ll have better luck if you don’t call the front desk between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. This is usually a pretty busy time for hotels, and most likely the hotel clerk will have a lot of guest to handle and they won’t really want to deal with you.
With any luck, these tips can help you save a decent amount of money the next time you are staying at a hotel. I hope you guys enjoy wherever you do end up staying!