Advertisement
Travel

How to Get the Best Deal on a Hotel

These four strategies can help you score a low price.

If you’re planning a vacation, make sure you don’t spend more than you have to on a hotel. There are several ways to score a deal on a room. Bob Diener, co-founder of Getaroom.com and former president of Hotels.com, says that these four strategies will help you get the best rate.

Advance booking. It used to be the case that you could score a deal on a hotel room by waiting until the last minute to book a stay. But Diener says that now you have to reserve a room at least 14 to 21 days in advance of a stay to get the best rate. Several hotel chains are offering special rates for advance booking, especially in California and Florida, and Hilton has been the most aggressive with its deals, Diener says.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Longer stays. The average length of a hotel stay is 2.1 nights, Diener says, adding that most hotels tend to be empty on Sunday nights. So many hotels offer a better rate if you stay three nights or more -- typically 10% to 20% off your entire stay. In some cases, staying three nights can actually be cheaper than staying two thanks to discounts. Diener recommends booking a third night in those instances even if you plan on staying just two nights.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

Flash sales. Some travel sites such as Expedia offer deep discounts of 50% or more on select hotels, but the rooms must be booked during a brief window of opportunity (24 hours for Expedia; up to several days on other sites). This can be a great way to get a deal on accommodations if your plans are flexible. You can also use EveryLodge.com to search for deals on seven private flash sale sites, which offer discounts on upscale accommodations to members only (membership typically is free).

Unpublished rates. Getaroom.com may offer discounts of 10% to 20% on top of its lowest published rates online by not publishing the low rates. To get these rates, you have to call 1-800-468-3578. Diener says that more than 25,000 hotels participate in Getaroom.com’s unpublished-rates program.

Follow me on Twitter

Advertisement

Most Popular

2020 Stock Market Holidays and Bond Market Holidays
Markets

2020 Stock Market Holidays and Bond Market Holidays

Is the market open today? Take a look at which holidays the stock markets and bond markets take off in 2020.
July 1, 2020
HSAs Get Even Better
Financial Planning

HSAs Get Even Better

Workers have more options with flexible spending accounts, too.
July 2, 2020
What Are the Income Tax Brackets for 2020 vs. 2019?
tax brackets

What Are the Income Tax Brackets for 2020 vs. 2019?

The IRS unveiled the 2020 tax brackets, and it's never too early to start planning to minimize your future tax bill.
June 20, 2020

Recommended

Sales Tax Holidays in 2020
state tax

Sales Tax Holidays in 2020

Sixteen states are having sales tax holidays this year. If you plan your shopping around these tax-free periods, you can save big on back-to-school cl…
July 1, 2020
13 Luxury Goods That Are Cheaper at Costco
spending

13 Luxury Goods That Are Cheaper at Costco

You could be missing out on huge savings: Costco sells a limited selection of luxury goods at discounted prices, both in-store and online.
June 27, 2020
COVID-19: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Chance to Change Our Spending Habits
spending

COVID-19: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Chance to Change Our Spending Habits

The coronavirus pandemic has changed everything, including how we spend money. Are you spending less right now? Many people are. Here’s how to make th…
June 17, 2020
24 Best Travel Websites to Save You Money
spending

24 Best Travel Websites to Save You Money

Traveling is fun and you can do it without breaking the bank — you just have to know where to go online first.
June 12, 2020