Unfortunately, hotel prices are on the rise. According to the Hotel Price Index, hotel prices increased by 3% last year. Here are five ways to save some cash.
- Search online. Travel sites such as Expedia and Hotels.com offer great deals on hotel stays. Also search online for sales on hotel stays in the city where you’ll be staying.
- Be open to alternative travel dates. Hotel prices often change from week to week. Consequently, weeks where demand is high (for example, major holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving) will result in a higher fee. Also keep in mind that staying at a hotel during the weekend will also cost you more. Having flexible vacation dates will help you save money.
- Be a loyal customer. Join a loyalty program for additional savings. When you become loyalty club member, you’ll be able to take advantage of perks such as room upgrades. Do know that if you book your stay through a third-party travel website, you might not be able to redeem your loyalty points?
- Consider skipping the hotel. You might want to skip the hotel altogether and opt instead for a bed and breakfast or a house swap. HomeAway.com boasts more than 950,000 listings and offers travelers the option to stay at a beach house, cabin, condo, and more.