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Ways to Get the Best Deal on a Hotel Room


Are you planning a vacation and have no idea where to start? How about with a hotel room, we share with you ways you can get the best deal on a hotel room.


Often people say they can’t afford to travel, so they work their lives away, never visiting the places on their bucket lists, or not spending enough time with loved ones who live far away. Whether you’re traveling for business of pleasure, where you stay can actually be affordable, if you’re in the know. Here are several ways to get the best deal on a hotel room.


Know when to book. Site like One Two Trip compares quoted rates with a hotel’s average cost, telling you which deals really are the best.

Get alerts. Yapta will send you emails notifying you when room prices go down. Likewise, if you make a reservation with Tingo, they’ll track your rate and issue a refund if a less expensive option pops up.

Name your own price. OK, with Priceline’s Name Your Price tool, you aren’t exactly guaranteed they’ll agree to the rate you suggest, but the worst they can say is no! Similarly, use Roomer to buy hotel rooms from people who won’t need their non-refundable bookings after all. Their loss is your gain!

Travel at less popular times. Find out when the best time to visit an area is…and then visit at the complete opposite time of the year! If you travel when no one else is visiting the city, hotels will offer deep discounts to gain your business.


Call the hotel. Phone a specific hotel location (not the chain’s corporate number) during regular business hours to see if the hotel will match or beat rates you’ve found online. Better yet, visit the city’s tourism page and see if local hotels or bed and breakfasts pop up. They’ll likely be happy to have the business and offer a discount so you don’t go to the chain place down the street.

Use coupon books, Groupon codes and discount memberships. Dig down deep in your handbag and see if you have a AAA card. Find out if your car insurance offers discounted rates on hotels. See if you still have that big, ol’ coupon book from your child’s fundraiser still lying around, or purchase one at a gas station in the town you’re visiting. When all else fails, Google the name of the hotel and the words “promo codes” for deals you didn’t even know existed.

Find out hidden costs in advance. Some hotels charge a resort fee, a valet fee, a parking fee, a pet fee, or a cancellation fee that may not be included in an online quote. Others charge for Wi-Fi, breakfast or use of the gym. Ask about everything in advance!


Consider traveling without reservations. Forget doing this is you’re traveling to a popular destination during a special event or the height of the season. Otherwise, check out the app HotelTonight, which caters to travelers looking for a room last minute. Also, keep in mind the best rates appear on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, and right after holidays.

Use your reward points. Perhaps you have a credit card that offers something similar to air miles and you've been racking up points for years! Dig through your file box or online statements to find out if you're enrolled in any of these programs. American Express is known for this, and Discover offers a cash back bonus, so you have quite possibly been "saving" for a vacation without even knowing it! Sometimes bank debit cards even offer rewards when you opt to make a transaction as a "credit" instead of a "debit."

Buy the package deal. If may be cheapest (and simplest) to book airfare, hotel reservations, and a car rental, all at the same time.

Annmarie John
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  1. Such great advice and am totally going to have to keep this in mind when we do travel now. By the way, just getting back into the swing of things after the holiday. Love the new name and look here, too :)

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    1. Thank you Janine, I'm just like you. I took a break from everything, including social media around the end of November. I truly needed it and I have to say that I don't miss it at all. I decided it was time for a change and I wanted to be more myself and share more of me, so that's why I went with my name. It doesn't get better than that. :)

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  2. Awesome! I love to travel, but I also love getting the best deal. That can be difficult on hotels. Bookmarking!

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    1. It's not as difficult as you think. Follow these tips and you'll be good to go.

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  3. These are all great tips. We always try to take our vacations in the off season. Not only are hotels cheaper, but so is everything else!

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    1. That is absolutely correct. Off seasons are usually the best time to travel and most often the cheapest.

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  4. Cassidy is always a fan of calling the hotel. I guess they can't resist his charms, right? The apps they have these days are incredible! I don't stay in hotels much, but in a perfect world, I would a lot more!

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    1. I do that at times. I've also signed up for a few hotel rewards program and I use them when I travel because you can get discounts being a reward member.

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  5. This is great information. I am all about saving all I can especially when I am traveling.

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    1. When you're traveling you want to save money for other things and tbh I'm not a fan of spending tons on a hotel room. After all you're hardly then when on vacation, and I say all I need it for is to sleep. So the less I spend the better.

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  6. Great ideas! I know that if you are diligent in your research, you can save money on hotels and other areas of travel.

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    1. Oh most definitely! I usually try and stay with family in places I visit, when there's no family or friend there, I try and find deals on hotels so I don't spend too much money.

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  7. These are great tips and some that I have used myself. My husband travels frequently for his job and we have to try to find the best rates since he is usually staying for weeks or months at a time and not all of his contractors pay for his lodging. I'd also like to do some traveling for pleasure this year, so I am taking note of all of these tips!

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    1. Traveling for pleasure is awesome. Last year was my year of travel and I don't have much plans for this year since Madison starts Kindergarten. However, I have big plans for 2018.

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  8. My husband usually likes to go the package deal route. We do a lot of traveling and it saves time and money most of the time when we package everything together.

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    1. Package deals can work out much cheaper, especially if you're going to be there for a while. Getting a flight, hotel room and a rental together sometimes is the best way to go.

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  9. Great advice. We also have a timeshare which helps us get great rates at most chains. Being a part of a University saves us money as well as AAA.

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    1. That's awesome! I usually use my military discount since most hotels offer it. The rates are sometimes greatly reduced then.

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  10. We always try to travel during the off-season! It saves us a lot of money and it's less crowded too.

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    1. It's definitely less crowded but there are times when we're not able to travel off-season. For those times knowing how to save some money helps.

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  11. 2016 was a rough year for us financially. One of my goals for 2017 is to put more money into family travel. Thanks for suggesting the HotelTonight app!

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    1. I hope that you're able to do better in 2017. 2016 was an amazing year for me but I'm cutting back on the traveling in 2017.

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  12. Some really great ideas. I've never heard of Yapta and must write that down, what a fab tool to have! Thanks for the tips.

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    1. You're very welcome and anything to help save some money.

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  13. Any tips to save on a hotel are welcome here. I recently was looking for one in Miami because even the 3stars were $4-500 a night. Crazy, right?

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    1. OMGoodness, that's expensive. I've never stayed in Miami itself but can't imagine paying that much a night for hotel there.

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  14. These are great ideas! I have been able to get really good deals on hotels by asking for discounts and the least expensive rate.

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    1. That works too. Whenever I call I always ask about discounts and what's available.

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  15. I truly did not know half of these and the ones I did know I never actually do. You know, like Pricelines Name Your own price. Why have I not use that???? ugh, so mad at myself. well, new 2017 resolutions

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    1. To be honest, I've never used it either although I know about it. I think I'm going to use it the next time I book a flight however.

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  16. I'm probably going to have to start booking for multiple trips soon so this is helpful. My last-minute habits are probably costing me a fortune.

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    1. Last minute habits do cost a lot, it's always best to book in advance.

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  17. These are great tips. I am always looking to save money on hotel stays.

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    1. And the more you can save the better, because you then have more money for spending on your trip.

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  18. We love getting away and spending a night in a hotel, these are great tips! Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. I'm hoping to do a bit more staycations and will be using these tips for myself soon.

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  19. This is great! Thank you! I feel like it can really be stressful to find the best deal since they change so often!!

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    1. That can be stressful, it's the same with airlines.

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  20. Thanks so much for this! I feel like I am always spending too much when I go on vacation.

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    1. Oh I feel the same way too so it's good to know how you can save.

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  21. I really love all your tips here and also your recommended sites! We are planning to travel more this year and I think I'll be checking these sites more often. Thank you!

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    1. I did most of my travels last year and used some of these same tips for myself. Enjoy your travels this year.

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  22. Thank you for this handy blog post. I'm going to go traveling next year so i will take a look at these tips nearer the time. xx

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    1. Well you'll have a lot of time to plan and save for your hotel if you don't get any discounts, but the earlier you book the better the prices are usually.

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  23. These are excellent tips! I am always finding deals for traveling, its really all about timing!

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    1. You're right, it's really all about timing and the sooner the better.

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  24. I can definitely use these tips for my next trip. A friend suggested Trivago but I'll mix that by calling the hotel directly.

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    1. I've never used Trivago but I've seen the commercials and I plan on checking them out.

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  25. I agree, travelling outside of peak season and booking in advance will help to reduce prices. Especially for hotels!

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    1. It does for almost everything. I know that I need to book a flight to Florida for February and the prices have gone up by more than $150 since November. That's what happens when you procrastinate.

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  26. Great tips! We never really go anywhere that we need to stay in a hotel, other than Disney World. However, I've been planning a vacation to Chicago, and I'm gonna use these tips.

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    1. Oh these tips can work for Disney World too. Disney World offers Military Discounts and you can call and ask them for what discounts are available at the moment.

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  27. I'm a big fan of using reward points and we have had some amazing nights and weekends almost completely free because of them. I've never done a Groupon deal but I'd be open to that - great tips!

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    1. Groupon usually have some amazing deals and I've used them for travel in the past. They're pretty good.

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  28. I haven't heard of some of those apps and they seem to be very useful!
    Calling to the hotels is a wonderful idea.

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    1. Sometimes going directly through the hotel is the best way to go.

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  29. These are great tips. We like to travel during the offseason. This gets us a cheaper hotel rate plus it is less crowded wherever we go.

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    1. The off-season is usually the cheapest way to travel but sometimes it's not always possible.

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  30. I have even seen hidden charges for use of the hotel safe in the room.
    This is a very good article.

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    1. Oh I've never seen that one but that would suck. You would think that would be free.

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  31. Great tips! I had no idea hotels could charge hidden fees. That is so sneaky!

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    1. Oh yes they do and if you're not careful, you'd be amazed at how many hidden fees there are.

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  32. Booking with points is the best. It almost feels like you got the room for free. Bwah! Great travel tips!

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    1. I have a free night with my points and I have to use it the next time I travel.

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  33. The hotel can seriously be the pits when it comes to travel. Finding a great deal can be so hard. Thanks so much for the tips!

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    1. It's not as difficult as you think but you just have to know where to look.

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  34. These are some great tips! I know when I travel I look at Groupon quite often or I will book package deals since most times I can get the hotel for free!

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    1. I LOVE Groupon! I use them a lot for almost everything. I actually just booked a spa package for myself recently. They sure make great gifts but you can certainly get great hotel deals on Groupon.

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  35. With a family of five, travel can really add up quick. These are great suggestions for finding affordable options for hotels. I need to sign myself up for alerts.

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    1. Oh tell me about it! I have a family of 6 and usually when we travel as a family, at least 4 - 5 of us travel together so I know how expensive it can become. Getting an affordable hotel room is always a plus for us, and preferably one that offers complementary breakfast.

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  36. Thanks for the tips. We are going to a fancy hotel in a few weeks and it is less than half the price of the high season price since we are going in Feb.

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    1. And that's entirely the way to go. Travel in the off season and you end up saving a ton!

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  37. I would also add if I am traveling with my family and I attend to write about where we stay,I always pitch the hotels for a discounted rate and sometimes they comp the room. Also ask if they have a media rate.

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    1. That's also a good idea. I've never really pitched for a comp or reduced rate at any hotel. I like when I'm on vacation, I'm truly on vacation and so don't have to worry about anything, but that's a great way for bloggers or anyone in the media to save some money.

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  38. Amazing tips dear. Knowing when to book is so important. We try to stay in Yurts or Hostels. They are way cheaper for our family of 6. We try to plan way ahead. We are a homeschooling family so we can travel anytime which really helps because we can avoid the weekends since things cost and are more crowded during the weekend.

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    1. I've never stayed at a "Yurts or Hostel". I remember watching that movie Hostel a few years ago and that scared the living daylights out of me. Since then I've always stayed at a reputable hotel that I know and trust. I know a few people who also do Air BnB's and I still have yet to take the plunge as well.

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  39. We have a family of five and just entered into the season where we have to pay for all of them! I love your idea about traveling during less traveled times. I don't care when we go as long as we get to go and explore!

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    1. That's the spirit. That's how I feel as well. I don't care where we go either, I just love getting out and going.

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  40. Thank you for these tips! I'm guilty. I'm one of those people that says the they can't afford to travel. I will definitely be using these tips this year!

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    1. Oh you're definitely not alone. I say it myself at times but yes these tips will surely help.

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  41. These are some really great tips!!! We tend to travel during less popular times of the year to save on hotels! I'm all about luxury travel and this is one way to pull that off without spending extra money!

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    1. Less popular times sure can save. A lot of people travel during the summer, but summer time is one of the more expensive time to travel.

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  42. These are wonderful tips. You listed a lot of resources I haven't heard of which is great. I plan to get a lot more traveling throughout this year so this will be handy!

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    1. I'm done traveling this year. I did a lot of it last year but since my youngest is starting kindergarten, I'm going to be at home more this year.

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  43. I always try to travel during the less popular times to save money and so I can enjoy everything more. I do not like crowded places and who doesn't like a good deal.

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    1. I'm with you there. I'm not big on crowds myself either but sometimes it can't be avoided. I know for example going to any Disney park, no matter what time of the year it is, it's going to be crowded.

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