Smart Savings: 6 Tips to Find Cheap Hotels

It has been my job to search for the best flight deals and accommodations for many years, whether through various websites or by contacting hotels directly. Now, let’s dive into the art of snagging a great hotel deal. My goodness, the hours spent scouring the internet for the perfect combination of affordability and comfort! But fear not, because I’ve picked up a few tricks along the way to make the process a whole lot easier. And most of all, we had saved quite a bit too.

1. Do Not Let Them Know What You’re Doing

When it comes to booking a place to stay, your online activity can sometimes backfire. Some websites are clever enough to spot what you’ve been looking for and adjust their prices accordingly, a tactic known as dynamic pricing or personal price hikes. It’s not fair and can feel a bit invasive, but it’s a reality we have to deal with.

To stay one step ahead, consider this savvy strategy: browse in a private mode to keep your searches under wraps. Additionally, try using different web browsers and regularly clearing your cookies when comparing prices. This way, you can ensure you’re not being charged more just because of your browsing history.

Just remember to stay vigilant and use these tricks to avoid falling into the trap of inflated prices based on your online behaviour. So tips for this is always clear cookies when you research every now and then, comparing and checking the hotel prices on different browsers or platforms.

2. Exploring Various Booking Platforms

To get a sense of pricing in the area you’re eyeing, it’s wise to explore multiple comparison websites. However, keep in mind that these platforms may not always display all available options. The top listings often belong to providers who’ve paid extra for priority placement, rather than offering the best deals.

While booking sites serve as valuable research tools for price and location insights, it’s important to approach their suggestions with caution.

When it comes to Airbnb and homestays, exploring alternative platforms like Stayz could potentially uncover cheaper options. And for a more comprehensive view, consider checking if the Airbnb property has an Instagram profile. These profiles often showcase additional photos of the accommodation and sometimes offer exclusive deals through social media.

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Negotiate

Once you’ve stumbled upon a great deal, why not reach out to the hotel directly and see if they can top it? You never know, they might have some exclusive deals or offers that aren’t advertised on booking sites. Plus, many hotels are more than happy to throw in discounts or upgrades, especially if you’re booking directly with them. It never hurts to ask politely! And don’t forget to mention if you’re a loyal member of their program—it could pay off big time.

The main booking sites charge quite high percentages of royalty fees, which I was told by the owner he would love to hear from me about when we next come back. See, there are quite a few tricks to try here.

4. Timing is Everything

Keep an eye out for those flash sales, seasonal promotions, and last-minute deals—they can be real game-changers. Sometimes, waiting until the eleventh hour can score you some serious savings. And don’t forget to sign up for those hotel newsletters and mailing lists or member programs, they often come packed with exclusive discounts and early bird offers.

If you’re flexible with your travel dates, keep a close watch on hotel websites and booking platforms for any sales that pop up. Some sites even allow you to set up alerts so you’ll be the first to know when there’s a hot deal at your favourite hotel or holiday spot.

For instance, I’ve personally found great deals by joining Booking.com’s Genius Level program—their prices often beat those offered on the hotel’s own website. Another handy tip is to hunt for promo codes to snag an even cheaper rate. A quick Google search can sometimes lead to big savings too. There are heaps of little discounts there.

5. Securing Your Room Using Cancellation Policies

Before you set off on your travels, keep an eye out for accommodations that offer free cancellations. It’s like having a safety net – if you stumble upon a better deal elsewhere, you can switch without worrying about losing money.

It’s important to remember that while you may not be financially impacted by cancelling last minute, the accommodation provider might be. This isn’t usually a concern with big hotel chains, but smaller operators could really feel the pinch if they can’t fill the room again…..

6. Always Check the Reviews

Before booking, take the time to read reviews from fellow travellers. They can provide valuable insights into the hotel’s amenities, cleanliness, and customer service. Look for trends in the reviews to get a balanced perspective. I have heard some stories on the news that Airbnb owners cancel reservations at the last minute with little consequence. That’s why I always scour reviews before making a booking decision.

Step by Step, Compare the Price

Basically, finding the best hotel deals involves researching and comparing prices. Sometimes, I’ve found these tricks to work wonders. I’d book a hotel and, just to be safe, clear the cache and history before searching again—voila, a cheaper rate! Or, I’d try another browser on the same day and website, only to find a lower price. Sure, it’s a bit of a hassle, but that’s how it goes these days. Check, compare, and be sure to read the reviews. You’ll discover a wealth of information from both good and bad reviews (sometimes, you even come across the crazy ones).

Hope these tricks help you find better accommodations and have a lovely holiday! Happy travels!

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