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We are family of 7 now, which means finding the best accommodations with the best price is important! Booking a hotel doesn’t have to cost an arm and leg if you know when and where to look for the best deals.
Are you planning some fun summer vacations? Or, getting ready for a work trip? If so, before you finalize any hotel details, read my tips below to save on your hotel room.
Look For Groupon Or Living Social Deals
Groupon and Living Social are both great deal sites to look for hotels! On Groupon you can search by location for hotels or you can browse through the “Getaways” they have available. Getaways often include more than just a hotel room, but they are for select cities and properties. On Living Social, you are also able to browse through what they call “Escapes,” which is similar to the Getaways that Groupon offers. You may find hotels, bed & breakfast deals, whole trip packages and more. Plus, Groupon and Living Social often run extra deals where you can use a coupon code to get additional percentage off!
Join A Hotel Rewards Program
If you are a frequent traveler, but you don’t participate in a hotel rewards program yet, you need to! Most rewards programs are free for basic membership and you can start earning points when you sign up. Our family travels a lot for workshops and we love being Marriott Rewards members.
Each program will offer different perks, but they all are designed to help you save money in the long run. You can often use the points you accrue through your membership towards flights, room upgrades and other things.
Use A Discount Travel Program
There are a ton, and I mean a ton of travel programs! In my area, one of the local credit unions gives you access to travel benefits and hotels deals just for being a member of the credit union. For military members and their families, USAA offers hotel and other travel discounts online and over the phone.
Research Rates & Compare
Frugal trip planning takes time and if you set aside time to do your research before you head out, you can save yourself a lot of money and frustration. It’s easy to find the first rate that fits in the budget and yell, “We have a winner!” But, I encourage you to check more than one website or travel program before making a reservation. There are numerous websites that will check rates against other sites to make sure you are getting the best deal. Trivago.com is a great example of a site that will crosscheck rates for you.
Be Flexible With The location
Location, location, location! If you are planning a trip that includes the beach, Disney World or large city, hotels are going to more expensive the closer you stay to the attraction. Consider looking for hotels just a little outside of the main attraction area. For example, you can save a lot of money on your next beach vacation by staying in a hotel that is not ocean front. Just picking a hotel a few streets away, you can watch the hotel rates drop.
Weekend hotel rates are more expensive than weeknight rates. If you can move your trip around to avoid staying through a weekend, you will definitely be able to save more. If you have to stay on weekend night, book as much in advance as possible and call the hotel directly to see if they can offer a discounted rate. It can’t hurt to ask!
Split The Cost
Another way to save is by splitting a hotel room with friends or other family members. If reading that just made your eyes go wide open, maybe this isn’t for you, but if you are really trying to cut cost on a hotel room, this is a great option. Most hotels will charge an additional per person fee over the allowed number of guests per room, but it will be less than getting an entirely separate room.
Note: One member of your party will need to reserve the room with a valid card, so make sure you have squared away the details and payment before reserving the room to make sure everyone is on board.