Buy Someone Else’s Reservations
allows you to purchase other travelers’ unwanted hotel room reservations at a cut rate, said consumer and money-saving expert Andrea Woroch. “The site connects you with travelers who are stuck with a reservation they can’t cancel, but are willing to sell and transfer the reservation at a discount.” The site offers discounts of up to 74 percent.Hotels don’t regularly offer coupons, said Woroch. But if you search, sometimes you can find coupon codes for third-party booking sites that will score you a cheaper room. “For instance, Coupon Sherpa offers 40 percent off select hotels at Hotels.com, and $20 off $150 booking at HotelWiz,” said Woroch. Ask f
Price matches aren’t just for Target shoppers. Although they might not advertise it, many hotels will match a competitor’s lower price if you ask, Woroch said. That goes for third-party sites, as well.
“Hotels.com offers to price match any competitor or hotel’s price ― just book, then submit the cheaper-priced link,” said Woroch. “I do this because I earn a free night through their site after 10 stays, so it’s a win-win.”
Negotiate a Home Away From Home
Sometimes, the best leverage you’ll have is not with hotels, but with individuals who are renting out their vacation home, said Woroch. “If you find last-minute availability through VRBO or HomeAway, haggle with the homeowner for a cheaper price,” she said. “He or she will be motivated to negotiate in fear of missing out on the last-minute booking.”Costco and Sam’s Club sometimes have offers for hotel discounts, and more, for members, said Woroch. “If you’re a member to a warehouse club, check their travel site for deals on hotels and vacation package values,” she saidIf you can avoid staying in hotels Friday and Saturday, you could save some cash. “Most hotels offer a significant discount on rates starting on Sunday through Thursday,” said Woroch. As an added bonus, the pool, restaurants and spas will be less busy and sometimes offer deals, she said.Look for Inclusive Deals
It can be incredibly frustrating to find a seemingly great hotel rate, only to see it get jacked up with daily parking fees, internet fees and even “resort fees.” “Free breakfast, Wi-Fi and parking are big perks that should be considered when comparing hotel rates, as those daily fees can add up quickly depending on the length of your stay,” said Woroch. A family of four can save nearly $40 a day by opting for a hotel with free breakfast, she added.
Maximize Your Credit Card
No, no, we’re not saying go hog wild with your Visa. But often, credit card holders get exclusive deals that are pretty attractive, said Woroch. “For instance, MasterCard card members can get an extra 10 percent off select hotel bookings through Hotels.com, via a deal posted on Coupon Sherpa,” she said. The deal is good through the end of 2016.Warehouse members and credit card users aren’t the only ones who get deals from memberships. If you’re an AAA, military or AARP member, there’s a good chance that can help you score a cheaper room, too, said Woroch. “For example, Hilton Garden Inn offers 10 percent off for senior citizens ages 65 and older, and 15 percent off for military,” she said.Gift cards are good for much more than Starbucks or California Pizza Kitchen. And on sites like, you can find discounted gift cards that will effectively make your hotel room cheaper. For example, Woroch found gift cards discounted more than 16 percent at the GiftCardGranny site.f you’ve never used the HotelTonight app, Woroch thinks you should. “The app aggregates unsold rooms at high-end hotels and provides cut-rate prices to users,” she said.She has seen last-minute luxury accommodations up to 70 percent off. That might make the breakfast buffet affordable again.
Use Your Mileage
Many consumers don’t realize they can use their credit card airline miles for savings on hotels, too, said Woroch. You can also often redeem credit card rewards for gift cards to use toward a hotel room, she added.
So when asked, “What’s in your wallet?” The answer could be, “A free hotel stay.”Business hotels might not offer all the flashy and splashy amenities a resort does, but they could help you save enough to bolster your vacation with more fun in the sun. Parasailing or scuba diving can make up for a smaller pool in no time.
“During the summer months and on weekends, [business] hotels are typically slower,” said Coupons.com savings expert Jeanette Pavini. “You’re more likely to get a good deal at these hotels if you book a room during those off-peak times.”
Travel a la Carte
It might be assumed that any hotel will have minimum features, such as a queen- or king-sized bed, towels, private bathroom and more. But that’s not always the case in Europe, and it could work to your advantage.
“Many hotels allow you to pay less for a “single” room, which often means a twin bed or a shared bathroom,” said Pavini. “There are even budget hotels where you pay a low base price and a la carte for add-ons, like daily housekeeping, towels or an in-room TV. If you’re open to bare minimum accommodations, then you stand to save a bundle.”