7 travel tips to help you get some extra discount on hotel bookings
Booking a hotel is an important factor when you are planning a holiday. Nowadays it’s as simple as selecting a window seat of your choice on your next flight or as difficult as selecting travel insurance. Hence, here we get you 7 travel hacks to get an extra discount for your next hotel booking.
1 Call the hotel reservation team.
You should surely call up and discuss the room tariff with the hotel reservation team once before making your reservation online as sometimes when hotel inventory is low, the hotel team might offer you some extra discount or extra perks at the same price which you are seeing online which will eventually benefit you during your stay at the chosen hotel.
P.S.- Try to speak with the revenue or reservation manager for getting the benefit.
2 Make the comparison on more than one online portal.
Yes, you get it right. One should always compare the rates on multiple portals than choosing the one for all your bookings as you never know if there might be some heavy promotional offers running on different portals for the period of your stay for the benefit of the end-user.
P.S.- Trivago and TripAdvisor allow checking all the other portal rates on their website/app. It helps you to prevent checking each website individually.
3 Use the mobile web or application of the travel website.
It’s my favorite trick to make the booking of a hotel online, as almost all the online portals offer a minimum 5% to 10% discount to their mobile users rather than desktop users to keep up with the current trend. It has been observed that registered mobile users always end up saving more than unregistered users.
P.S.- First-time mobile users get an additional discount coupon code emailed by the online portals after successfully registering.
4 Plan on weekdays.
Working full time from Monday to Friday, most of the tourists plan their short-duration holidays on weekends, increasing the demand for the hotels, which directly results in a hike in pricing. One can plan your holidays on weekdays to get some extra discount as hotels’ demand on weekdays is low compared to weekends.
P.S.- The above tip is not very suitable for business destinations but tourist destinations.
5 Log out instead of staying logged in.
Yes, you hear it right. There will be a price difference for a logged-in and logged-out user as a portal always offers. Some lucrative deals for a first-time user sometimes get you a 10-15% additional discount.
P.S.- You can also use a different browser to compare the rates. When you use the same web browser for all your searches, the website cookies recognize you as a returning customer.
6 Plan at least 45-90 days before.
Most of the hotels do run some promotional offers for advance bookers which can be 20-30% cheaper than the normal rates shown on the website. Hence, advance planning can surely help you with some extra bucks if your travel plan is 100% sure with fewer possibilities of cancellation.
P.S- Always choose a refundable price rather than a non-refundable price. As advance, booker deals definitely offer a healthy discount but it might come with a non-refundable deal as well.
7 Last but not least, compare the price with your local tour operator.
It is always a good practice to compare the price with a local tour operator. As they always remain in touch with the hotel’s sales team which might benefit you in terms of lower rates.
P.S.- A local tour operator helps you get discounted deals. It also helps you with flexible cancellation policies compared to online booking portals.
The lowest price for a particular hotel always does not come with the same benefit but sometimes it can also bring you a reduction in the inclusions as well, hence, We hope while planning your next holiday, you would surely try these travel hacks to get some extra discounts on your hotel bookings.