Want to maximize your hotel experience? Below are some hotel hacks for those who want to enjoy staying at a luxury hotel without paying through the nose. Choosing the right hotel and enjoying the benefits that come with it is one of the best experience one can enjoy on a holiday!
You don’t have to overpay for a hotel room.
There are tricks and tips you can use to find the best room rates so you can enjoy your trip guilt-free.
We spoke to Jeanette Pavini, a savings expert at Coupons.com, Josh Belkin, the vice president and general manager of Hotels.com’s North America branch, Cheryl Rosner, the CEO of Stayful, and Ivy Chou, the content and marketing director for DealsPlus.com, to get their best tips for booking a room.
From when to book to how to find hidden discounts, this list can save you bundles the next time you plan to stay at a hotel.
- Look into business hotels
According to Pavini, business hotels can provide great deals, especially when traveling within Europe.
The reason is that business can often be slow during summer months and on weekends at hotels that cater to business travelers, which can lead to lower prices.
- Ask for a corner room
Pavini also recommends opting for a corner room, since you’ll typically get more square footage for the same price.
If you’re looking to upgrade to a corner room, Pavini suggests that you be discreet and avoid asking at times when there are several guests waiting to be assisted.
- Check in near the end of the day
If you’re hoping to snag an upgrade, checking in toward the end of the day might be your answer.
According to Pavini, since hotels have a better sense of occupancy by that point, they are more likely to offer upgrades that are still available.
- Instead of calling the 800 reservation numbers, call the hotel directly
The reason why Pavini suggests doing this is because, often, people who are working directly at the property have a greater ability of upgrading you when possible.
If you stay at a hotel regularly, keeping a friendly relationship with it and booking directly can also increase your perks.
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Mark Abadi is a reporter for Business Insider’s strategy team. He previously covered breaking news and politics. Before joining Business Insider, Mark completed a two-year Fulbright grant in Malaysia. He has also written for The Daily Tar Heel in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and The Skagway News in Skagway, Alaska.