Spare yourself the heartache of busting your travel budget on accommodation alone (or, having to settle for a hotel room that’s more meh than flair).
Here’s how you can sleep well, and have plenty left over to shop, dine, and sightsee.
Book a refundable hotel room – most websites like Booking.com allow free cancellations up to the day before your booking.
Then, that’s where this hack comes in. DreamCheaper.com tracks the price of the hotel room – when the room price falls, it will rebook the room at the cheaper price, and cancel your old reservation. You don’t need to do anything besides wait for the site to capture the lowest price point.
NEXT: Experiment with different travel dates →
Hotel prices in each city follow their own price cycles.
In New York City for example, the cheaper rates tend to be available in July, whereas Paris tends to have cheaper rates in January. December tends to be expensive everywhere, plus there are hordes of tourists; avoid this month if you can.
Experiment with various booking sites and see for yourself.
NEXT: Use your credit card’s air miles →
Some hotels accept frequent flyer miles just like airlines do.
If you can’t wait till you’ve earned enough points for a free room, you can use still use your points for free WiFi, free breakfast, or free additional guests. Either way, you save quite a bit of money.
NEXT: Check for your credit card’s hotel discounts →
Or, credit cards like the American Express Platinum offer concierge services. Call the concierge ask them to help you find a good luxury hotel rate. The concierge service has significant bargaining power, as they may refer hundreds to guests to the hotel on a regular basis.
NEXT: Check for bundled packages →
If you are already booking a flight on sites like Expedia, check out how much it would cost to add a hotel. When accommodations or rental cars are added, the site may “bundle” them and give you a discount, which might work out to save you money. Plus, it saves you the trouble of multiple bookings on different sites.
NEXT: Join the Loyalty Programme →
Most four and five-star hotels will have loyalty programmes. In the case of chain hotels, these programmes will even extend to many different countries.
You can get a better deal from these than even online bookings – the key is to ensure you use the same hotel(s), and often.
NEXT: It doesn’t end at booking a hotel room →
By Ryan Ong, SingSaver, May 2016
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