7 ways to get a better deal on your hotel bookings
Everyone enjoys getting a break – even if it’s just a couple of days away locally, but the overall cost of accommodation can really put a dampener on your plans. The cost of hotels can be particularly expensive and this might prevent you from getting any kind of holiday. However, you should not despair, there are many ways to get some great deals on your hotel bookings and these are some of the best ways to cut down on your costs.
1. Book in advance
The closer your booking is to the time of travel, the more expensive it will be, so try and book as far in advance as possible. As an example – if I try to book a Premier Inn for a London trip with only a few days’ notice, the cost is £182 for one night. However, when I book it for two months in advance, it is £145 – almost £40 difference. The earlier you book, the cheaper the cost, so try and be organised when you plan your travels.
2. Comparison websites
Always make sure you use price comparison websites before you make a decision on which type of hotel to book. After all, this is why these websites exist; they make your life a lot easier. You will always get the best price if you use price comparison websites and most of these will include some reviews. The good thing about comparison websites is that you can also change the dates to suit, so you know which ones offer the best deal overall for any given date.
3. Get cashback
No matter how much your hotel costs, you should always book it via a cashback website, as you will always make some cash back on your purchase. It may be a flat amount or a percentage, depending on which company you book it through, but any money is better in your pocket. You should always make sure you book accommodation you will want to stay in though, don’t just book it for the sake of getting cashback, as you will probably end up miserable. There are plenty of cashback websites to choose from, including Quidco and Top Cashback. They all pay different amounts, so do a comparison before you commit yourself, so you get the best deal.
4. Choose the right time
As much as booking in advance is important, it is also a good idea to choose your timing wisely. For example, if you are not booking with children, it is wise to avoid school holidays – as the prices tend to shoot up during these times. If there are any specific events running, this can also affect prices and your chances of getting any accommodation. For example, booking a hotel in Edinburgh is impossible at New Year, unless you are super organised! Choosing the right timing will help ensure you get the best possible rate on your hotel.
5. Phone and negotiate
If you are good at haggling, why not give the hotel a phone and see if they can offer you a better deal. You never know what kind of deal you might get if you can take some time to speak to the hotel. Just let them know that you have a budget and they may be able to accommodate you. If you don’t ask, you don’t get!
6. Discount websites
There are lots of discount websites which offer some great deals on accommodation, including Groupon and Itison, so check what offers these have before you make your booking. You can often get your hotels with as much as 50% off the price and there are usually a lot of options to choose from. These websites are popular and constantly updated, so keep checking and you will be sure to pick up a good deal.
7. Get a membership
If you travel quite a lot, it will probably be more beneficial if you sign up to become a member of a specific hotel company, as this way you will gain rewards and save money on your bookings. Companies reward loyalty and this also applies to hotels. An example is the Hilton, who offer several different membership levels with benefits which include discounts, late reservations and bonuses. It often pays to stay committed to companies and this can be a good way to make savings on your accommodation.