Money Saving Hotel Tips

Planning an affordable vacation requires more than simplychecking out cheap travel optionssuch as cheapairplane tickets and cheap vacation packages.  Hidden fees and fluctuating prices can makeit difficult and frustrating when searching for an affordable hotel room.

Whatever your destination or budget, the following simplestrategies can help, according to Sarah Adler:

·     Takeadvantage of any rewards programs you belong to.  Studies have found that an estimated 31percent of credit cardholders have never redeemed their points, leaving asignificant amount of potential travel savings unrealized.


·     Check tosee if your credit card rewards program offers discounts on lodging or otherhotel perks, such as late checkouts or spa activities.  If you are part of an organization thatoffers discounted hotel stays, including AARP and AAA, take advantage ofmembership savings which usually amount to about a 10 percent discount.


·     Planahead and look for any hidden fees. HotelsCombined and the app Hopper, analyzes hotel prices recommendingwhether to book now or wait for a better discount.  Discounts of between 15 to 20 are oftenoffered by Internet booking travel sites for non-refundable rooms booked inadvance.  Do not complete yourreservation until you know exactly what is included.  Wi-Fi, breakfast, taxes, and other extras andhidden fees can add up quickly.


·     Timeyour trip to travel off-peak or during the shoulder season (such as a beachtown in the fall) to enjoy lower hotel prices, and sometimes savings onairfare.  Be aware that city hotels thatcater to business travelers tend to offer cheaper prices on weekends, while resortdestinations which draw more weekend traffic sometimes offer cheaper pricesduring the week.


·     Fridaystend to be the best day of the week to make hotel reservations.  A recent study of average hotel daily ratesfound that the lowest prices are on Fridays and the highest on Sundays.  A 2018 KAYAK report found that rates forhotels peaked Monday through Wednesday before falling on Friday and Saturday.

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