TRAVELING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON? HOTEL BOOKING TOOLS HELP SCORE THE BEST DEALS by Hampton Rhodes

TRAVELING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON?
HOTEL BOOKING TOOLS HELP SCORE THE BEST DEALS

1-finding-the-right-hotel-1I’ve been an International “road-warrior” and pleasure traveler for over 30 years. During this time I’ve learned a thing or two about scoring the best deals on hotel rooms. But you don’t have to be a frequent traveler to snag a great room on the cheap. With a little research, Z’Scoop found the five best tips and tools (along with many others) to help business, personal and holiday travelers get terrific prices on accommodations.

7-hotel-entrance1. Roomertravel.com
Bringing the sharing economy to hotel rooms Roomertravel.com provides opportunities for customers to buy unused hotel rooms from people who don’t want them, often at deep discounts. If you wish to sell your unused hotel rooms, Roomertravel’s easy interface makes it simple to buy or sell quickly and efficiently.

2. Hoteltonight.com
If you’re traveling last minute, you may be luckier than you think because some of the best hotel rooms can often be had via same-day booking. HotelTonight.com takes advantage of hotels’ eagerness to rent excess inventory before it’s too late. This site shows you all the very last-minute deals available in the locale of your choice. It’s not unheard of to snag rooms that typically cost $500 for a fraction of the usual daily rate.

6-hotel-assortment3. Hotel Loyalty Cards
Although Z’Scoop has heard of hotel loyalty card holders negotiating major scores like two weeks of free European hotels for zilch, the norm for credit cards offered by major hotel chain rewards programs are usually big bonus points at signup. Not only do members earn points with every purchase, the credit cards frequently pave the way to perks such as free Wi-Fi, room upgrades and discounts on package deals.

8-airbnb-partridge-house4. Couponsherpa.com
Coupons aren’t just for grocery shopping anymore. Coupon aggregator sites such as Couponsherpa.com can guide you to coupons you can use for booking sites like Hotels.com. Savvy travelers make it a habit to scan these sites for coupon codes prior to booking a room.

5. Your Calendar
It may be low-tech, but your calendar is one of the most effective booking tools as a very handy reminder that rooms at resorts or vacation destinations are cheapest mid-week when most tourists can’t travel. So consider booking your trip on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays to secure the best deals. Conversely, hotel rooms at business destinations are cheapest on the weekends when most business travelers are at home.

4-work-and-play-hotelAnother timing trick? Check in late in the day to maximize your success in negotiating room upgrades and perks like free Wi-Fi.

9-cliffside-innIt’s like Dad always said, a bit of preparation and research can make a world of difference in the quality, productivity and enjoyment of your trip … and your life!

 

Information
Roomertravel.com
HotelTonight.com
Couponsherpa.com
Trivago.com
Kayak.com
hipmunk.com
expedia.com
priceline.com
hotwire.com
travelocity.com
hotels.com
cheaphotels.com
orbitz.com
bedandbreakfast.com
airbnb.com
Beware of Hotel Booking Scams


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