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Getting the Best Hotel Rate:

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Following are some tips for getting the best hotel rates any time you travel. Your mileage may vary, and some hotels are more flexible than others, but these tips should keep you on the winning side of the bargaining table.

Ask for a lower rate

This sounds too simple, but it very often works like a charm. Ask whether the hotel is currently running any promotions or packages, and then see if any of the following special rates might apply: AAA, senior, family, hotel membership, weekend, government discount, frequent flier, convention, shareholder or corporate. Hotels sometimes even have what is called a “fallback” rate for travelers who are resisting the quoted rate.

Shop around online

You might think, with real-time information zooming across the Internet all the time now, that all of the online booking web sites would have exactly the same rates. Not so. In fact, I’ve often found vastly different rates for similar rooms at the same hotel on Travelocity, Expedia, and Quikbook. It’s worth taking the few extra minutes to pull up the same hotel on a few different services and compare the prices.  Easy Click Travel is a great website for finding awesome hotel deals.  Best Hotel Prices – Easiesr booking experience with Easy Click Travel

Before You Bid – Priceline

Priceline can come through with ultra-low rates in a pinch. Before you bid on any hotels, check Bidding For Travel, a forum that can help you greatly increase your odds of getting a good Priceline value. Other travelers will tell you what prices they’re getting successful bids on with particular hotels and cities. The advice there is invaluable and should always be your first stop before you place a Priceline bid. Also, be sure to see Beat the Bidding System for a few tricks to getting the most out of Priceline.

Book by price, not by Hotel Chain

If you really don’t care about a specific hotel, and just want the cheapest deal, you may want to consider choosing your own price on Priceline or going the anonymous route with Hotwire. On these sites you often won’t know which hotel you’re staying at until it’s booked, but you can request the general location and quality (three-star, four-star, etc.) — and you could save a significant amount of money over
other booking sites.  Only downside is that their rating of a hotel might not be the same rating as you would give….I’ve learned this from experience with Hotwire.

Call the hotel directly

Many times specials are offered at the hotel that aren’t available through the 1-800 central reservations system. The 800 agents have no direct access to room availability, and are often not authorized to negotiate. Hotel agents are generally more in touch with availability and specials, and are therefore more flexible with rates.  Many chains allot only a select number of rooms to the central reservations system, so 800 agents may even tell you a hotel is sold out when in fact the hotel is discounting rooms because of low booking rates!

Try Quikbook

Quikbook lets you choose a hotel by inputting your dates of travel and your price range.  Even in larger cities, you can find a room in a really nice hotel for as little as half of the rack rates.

Know the full cost

You may think you’ve found a great deal, but keep in mind that the base rate isn’t the only thing that will determine your total bill. Be sure to ask what taxes, resort fees, parking costs, energy surcharges, and other odds and ends will apply to your final tally. Even if one hotel has a lower base rate, it may end up being a more expensive option once all the extras are added in.

Negotiating when you arrive?

Leave all your bags in the car.  Don’t haul all of your luggage into the lobby and then tell the agent that you’d just as soon go elsewhere if they can’t bring their rates down. You’ll look tired, hassled, sick of lugging bags, and ready to pay handsomely to unpack that suitcase.

Points.com

GREAT program to manage all your loyalty program balances in one place: your Points Loyalty Wallet. Add programs to your wallet by entering your account information, and they’ll show you all of your balances at a glance, updated in real time. Currently, you can track over 100 programs. You can redeem your loyalty points and miles for more than just travel! Use your wallet to reward yourself with shopping, dining and entertainment gift cards from retailers like Amazon.com, Best Buy, iTunes, Macy’s, Starbucks, Cineplex, AMC, Target and many more.  Build up your favorite balances faster by using your wallet to move points and miles between your loyalty programs. There’s no fee to exchange points or miles between your programs. This is a great way to get the points you need for airline and hotel miles.  Sign up for free here. 

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28 Comments

  1. Andrey

    Thank you very much for your fantastic website. It is amazing that you show people where to start and what steps to make towards desirable holidays. I hope more people will know about your website and follow your guidance.
    Kind regards,
    Andrey

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am so glad it has been of help to you and I hope more people will visit my website as well 🙂 Thanks for visiting my tips on hotels and resorts. Please stop by and visit again!

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  2. Ken

    Lovely website with lots of options, not a beach lover myself, love cruising though as flying is a health problem for me. Live quite close to Southampton in the UK which has a lot of cruise options.

    Will check you out for my next cruise

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Ok, sounds great Ken! I know I can help you get the best price on your cruise! Thanks for stopping by beach travel destinations.

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  3. Michael

    Hi. This is a great checklist to know when traveling. It’s amazing we don’t know the pitfalls and we don’t know what lies ahead until we arrive there on the day. better to prepare ourselves and this article gives us that kind of advice. Thanks for sharing this and making us to be aware and what to do before the outcome

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Michael. I am glad my information is helpful for you in your upcoming travels. Thanks for visiting!

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  4. Carl L.

    I’m also a beach lover, I remember spending most of my late teens at a beach. I later traveled the local beaches in and around the Los Angeles areas.

    I love this site very useful information on travel destination this will make it easier for those of us who wouldn’t know where to begin.

    Keep up the good work,

    Carl

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks for stopping by Carl and I am glad you enjoyed reading and learning about how to save with hotels and resorts 🙂

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  5. Mick Krug

    Great website on beach travel. My wife and I are beachcombers. We have vacationed at a lot of beach resorts worldwide. You have just about everything covered for an exciting beach vacation trip. I love your content and pics on your site. You have done a great job, well worth it for someone to explore for their next trip!

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    1. admin

      Thanks Mick, glad you enjoyed reading!

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  6. Shirley

    I’m not a great negotiator, so these are great tips for someone like me. I’ll bookmark this page so I can come back to it next time I’m planning a vacation trip. Thanks for the good information – shirley

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome. I am not a very good negotiator either, so these work for me. I am able to ask hotels over the phone if they have a lower rate though. You’d be surprised that they are actually flexible. Thanks for visiting my Hotels & Resorts post.

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  7. Abdulkhaleq

    A very good guidance for myself and for other who are looking for travel arrangement, good tips and advises.

    Thanks

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great, you can save a ton if you follow the tips 😀 Thanks for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com!

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  8. jackie

    Great information next time I take a trip I will use what I have learned from you. I am bookmarking this post for future use.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Good deal Jackie, it is always nice to have saving on travel, leaves more for the fun 🙂 Thanks for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com

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  9. Michael

    These are brilliant tips to know. Thanks! I have booked hotels in the past and one of the deals are they are cheaper midweek than weekends but learning more about this has given me a wider scope on what to expect now. Thanks for sharing this and I bear everything in mind on what you wrote here.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am so glad I could help 🙂 I always use these tips and, being a single mom I have to do it. They do work. Anyway I can save money and have more fun money, works for me! Thanks for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com

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  10. Christina

    Great tips! I love the simplicity of just asking for a lower rate. Everything is negotiable, right? What do you think of loyalty programs? My husband has one for Hilton and whenever he travels for work, he gets points to use for another stay another time. Do you think there are downsides to a program like that?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      No, I absolutely love loyalty programs. I belong to Marriott, and I explicitly use their hotels unless I find a better deal. But in the long run, it is better for me to use strictly Marriott as the rewards are wonderful and we end up with a lot of free hotel nights 🙂

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  11. Christina

    These are such great tips! i love the simplicity of asking for a lower rate. Just about everything is negotiable, right?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, Christina everything is negotiable. A lot of people think hotel rates are set in stone and they are not 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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  12. Mike Chappell

    I’m actually gonna use your advice the next time I go on vacation at Myrtle Beach ! Concise , we’ll written and very informative !
    Mike

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Mike! It will help for sure 🙂 Thanks for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com!

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  13. Latricia

    I have had to call a hotel directly before when I was planning a trip. I wish I had done my research before arrival, because there were hidden fees not discussed over the phone and I did not ask about promotions. I wish I had. Thanks for these great tips. It helps loads.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Latricia! It does make a difference, I know. Going on vacation and not doing your homework on hotels before hand is just wasting money that can be used for fun money! Thanks for reading about hotels & resorts, and all the ways to save with them 🙂

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  14. Kayla

    This is really great to know. I’m planning a vacation for the upcoming summer and this is really going to help me out. Thanks for posting!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Kayla! Thanks for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com!

      Reply

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