When it comes to booking your hotel you are probably facing the same thing majority of the population is facing. How to find the best hotel deal?
Breaking down how most families choose their vacation and make their hotel bookings will show you why it is getting harder to find the best hotel discount. Most families talk about destination and vacation time before they even hit the internet. When they do narrow down their time and location typically the first place someone would go is to google. Typically they type in Hotel discounts or Hotels at which point they start to go through the google listings. If you noticed that no matter which way you type in your search it typically brings back the same results. Expedia, hotels.com, kayak, orbitz and etc. It is now up to you to go through each site and conduct a search to see who has the lowest rate. However it seems like most people do not understand that you need to finish your search until it gets all the way to the end where it requests your credit card. This is where you will find your final rate including, taxes, fees, charges and etc.
There are a few simple tricks you could use to find out how to get the best hotel deal. You could use websites like www.kayak.com which allows you to search over 30 of the top booking engines and will bring back the rate for all of them. This will save you a tremendous amount of time versus going to each website one by one. If you decide to use Kayak just be sure that you check the prices all the way until you are requested to enter your credit card info so you can see the final charge. All too often we hear about travelers thinking they found the lowest hotel rate but when they go to check out the price increases because all the extra charges.
You can always call the hotel direct and ask them for the best rate and even request an extra discount if you decide to visit their hotel. Your success rate is going to very but even if you can get a discount 10% of the time then it is worth the phone call. A lot of hotels have a par value which mean they will not lower the room any less than their par value. Sometimes it might even cost you more to go through the hotel versus one of the OTA’s (online travel agents like expedia).
There are some really good hotel membership clubs that are on the market but if you read our last article you will know that it is imperative to join the right travel club as some of them can cost thousands to join. Typically membership clubs will have the lowest travel rates on the net including deepest hotel discounts. You can search companies like AAA (average 10-20% discount) AARP (same discounts as AAA but have to be senior citizen) Hotels Etc. (typically offers 20-70% off public rates on hotels and other entertainment and recreational events).
If you really want to see a true hotel discount then you should find a private membership club that will give you private rates that are not available to the general public. You could save the cost of your membership club with the very use.