Looking for a lower hotel rate or upgraded room? Consumer Reports provides some great tips for scoring a deal. The bottom line? It never hurts to simply ask about discounts and specials.
- Haggle: “Skip the toll-free booking number; call the hotel directly and talk about room rates with a clerk.” Watch the video above an example on how to negotiate.
- Know the lingo: “Ask for the cheapest nonrefundable rate.
- Be loyal: Pick your favorite hotel chain and join the free loyalty program for member perks.
- Consider a suite: Sometimes, suites are the same price as regular-sized rooms.
- Compare rates: “If you can document a lower price for the same date for a room you’ve already booked, you’ll get a refund of the difference.”
- Lock in a rate: “Get price quotes from three to five hotels, then lock in the lowest refundable rate. As your travel date nears, check prices again. If you find a better deal, cancel your original reservation in time to avoid a penalty.”
- Be a fan: Join hotels on Twitter and Facebook to receive deal alerts.
- Avoid annoying fees: “Before you book, ask the clerk if there are charges for anything other than occupancy and sales tax.”
What’s your strategy for getting a good hotel deal? Have you employed the above tips and if so, were they effective?