Aside from perhaps the cost of travelling to your holiday destination, it is very likely that your biggest holiday expense is going to be your hotel room rate. So, here are 5 ways to get easy hotel discounts:
1. Use the Internet
Almost all hotels these days have an Internet presence and are willing to offer discounts to travelers who book their hotel rooms directly with them. So, if you are looking to get hotel discounts, check out all the hotel listing on the Internet in the area where you plan to be staying and then see what prices they are offering. Remember, the later you leave booking your hotel room the more likely you are to find hotel discounts, especially if you are willing to travel in the off-season.
2. Ask them!
This may sound really obvious, but one of the easiest and quickest ways for you to secure hotel discounts is to phone up the hotel in question and ask them directly what hotel discounts they have on offer at the moment. Depending on where you are staying, some hotel discounts can be as high as 80% if you have left booking your hotel room till very late in the day. Of course, the flip-side to leaving it late to book you hotel room is that there may not be any rooms available, or the hotel may find that hotel discounts that high no longer make it profitable for the hotel to stay in business, so don’t expect the world when negotiating the room rate but do be willing to fight for hotel discounts if you think they’re warranted.
3. Through a tour agent
If you still haven’t been able to find hotel discounts, then the time may have come for you to start looking around tour agents to see if they have any hotel discounts on offer. Again though, using a tour agent does mean you’re relying on a third party, which can only mean that you could have got a bigger hotel discount if you had only known about the hotel’s discount offer package in the first place!
4. Loyalty programs
More and more these days, loyalty programs, such as air-miles, offer travelers cheap hotel discounts on accommodation as part of their loyalty program. So, if you have a loyalty program, for example with using your credit card, why not check it out and see what type of hotel discounts you can get before you book.
5. Coupon and Voucher program
Most “chain” hotels these days offer regular guests discount coupon and voucher programs. So, if you like to stay in one particular chain of hotels wherever you may visit, one way that you could end up saving money on the hotel discounts is to purchase one of these coupon and voucher programs. Normally the coupon and voucher system lasts a year, but one of the advantages of hotel discounts like this is that they’re not normally restricted to a discount on the room-rate, but also include discounts on such things as food and beverage in the hotels restaurants, and spas they hotel may have, and additional hotel facilities. As a result, this type of hotel discount could end up saving you a considerable amount of money over the course of a year.
Although the above are 5 main ways to look for hotel discounts, they are by far not the only ways to get hotel discounts, so always keep an eye out for those extra special attractive hotel discounts advertised on your local TV and radio stations and in your local newspaper.