When you’re looking for a home away from home during a holiday, weekend getaway, or even extended escape, you want to make sure that it’s perfect for you. But the truth is, you don’t want to be paying exorbitant costs for your accommodation when you need that money for your actual holiday. Fear not intrepid travelers, because here’s a few accommodation secrets we’re sure will save you dollars.
Annoying though those monthly email blasts can be, you shouldn’t ignore accommodation loyalty programs. With the rare and occasional exception the programs are free to join for any hotel guest and can offer bonuses from 10% discounts to room upgrades, and even free breakfasts. This is especially true for the loyalty programs of chain accommodation providers, with more than one location.
Consider The Season
You don’t have to be a genius to figure out that in peak seasons, deals on accommodation will be few and far between, so if you’re in anyway flexible try and travel in off-peak seasons. This will allow you to get better deals, and also gives you the opportunity to request off-peak bonuses (like free inclusions), often granted when hotels are less crowded.
In the internet age, getting a good deal on a hotel is all about using the tools the web provides. This includes a number of really useful search engines, like agoda, that provide a massive bank of hotel options, as well as savings sites like wotif with more last minute deals. There are so many search options out there, and they service every level of accommodation, including hostelworld’s global hostel search engine.
Bundles and Inclusions
If you’re looking to save, make sure you read the fine print on what’s included in your accommodation choices. Some hotels might seem more expensive, but include a buffet breakfast or tour discounts, while others might seem very cheap, but lack holiday luxuries like wifi. On some booking sites ‘bundling’ a number of things together, such as a hotel room and a tour, or a rental car, can save more money.
We live in a social age, and luckily accommodation providers (for the most part) have caught onto this trend. There are very few mainstream accommodation providers that do not have social channels, and contacting the provider on these channels is often a great way to save money. Consider tweeting, or posting on their facebook wall, about how excited you are to come to the area, and enquiring about any seasonal or secret discounts. After all, it doesn’t hurt to ask.
If you haven’t found any luck with hotels, or you just aren’t sure that’s the experience you’re looking for, consider seeking out alternative accommodation. From house-sitting to private rentals, an increasingly popular option thanks to Airbnb, there is even more accommodation choices than every before. Perfect for travelers, no matter their trip or their style.
Finding a great deal when it comes to accommodation is all about considering your personal needs with the limitations of your budget. If you’re capable of enduring a more budget accommodation option, that’s great, but you can still have some semblance of luxury without spending big bucks.