5 ways to get cheaper hotel rates while traveling

Posted by: | Posted on: December 4, 2017

Hotel booking is the biggest expense in most travel budgets. Even relatively less expensive hotels cost a lot of money, and everyone likes to live in a good hotel at an affordable rate. So, everyone wants to know how to save money on hotel bookings.


Because of my experiences of traveling, I have learned some nice tricks that can help you book hotel at a cheaper rate. Here are the top five ways to save money on booking a hotel.



Meta Search Hotels


There are hotel search engines or hotel booking sites like Expedia, Priceline, and Orbitz. But you’ll find the best prices when you go to metasearch engines like Trivago, Tripadvisor, Kayak, or Room77. Metasearch engines for hotels are quite popular and for good reasons.


These sites allow you to search inside multiple hotel booking websites at once and find the absolute best price and the widest range of hotels possible.


Make a Call


If you have decided on a particular hotel, call them directly to get better rates. This may not work every time, but you should try it. Hotels generally pay twenty to thirty percent commissions to hotel booking sites. This is why most hotels will probably give you a good discount if you book directly.


Another reason for this is that the staff of the hotel much more aware of the actual rates which may not be same as those advertised on the internet. Also, make sure that you actually call the hotel and not their 800 number which may direct you to someone who isn’t working directly in the hotel.


Book Refundable Rates


Booking hotel at a nonrefundable rate is generally a mistake. First, it will cost you in case you need to cancel your booking. Second, rates of room generally fluctuate every hour because of changes in hotel’s inventory. The advantage of booking at refundable rates is that you can easily cancel your booking if you find a cheaper or better room.


One thing you need to make sure is that the booking is actually cancellable. Take some time to read up the fine print and make sure you will actually get your money back when you cancel your booking. If a particular website does not offer refundable rates, try a different booking website.


Last Minute Discounts


This is only recommended for shorter or impromptu trips. If you are flexible with timing and do a little bit of research, you can find some pretty good last minute discounts on your hotel booking. You can use online booking site like HotelTonight which offers a good discount on unsold rooms for last minute. Calling the hotel directly is also a good option here.


Use Credit Card


A credit card is the best way to pay for your hotel booking. Credit cards offer a lot of benefits for airline miles, cash-backs, free night stays, etc. More importantly, most credit also provides services like fraud protection and refunds on accidental charges. You won’t get these services if you pay via debit card or cash.