How to Find the Cheapest Hotel Room at the Best Price Online

How to Find the Cheapest Hotel Room at the Best Price Online

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Here’s my spending philosophy: If you can find something cheap, it’s worth a little effort.

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When saving on hotel rooms, sites claiming the best possible deal aren’t always right. Sometimes, you can do better on your own. My son found a hotel room for $80 cheaper than the lowest price online using the tips below.

Do not book through travel site

When you’re looking for a hotel, travel discount sites like Kayak, Expedia or Hotels.com are good places to start — but don’t book there. Call the hotel reservation desk once you’ve found the lowest available price for the hotel you want to visit.

Many hotels will meet or beat the best internet rate when you book with them. They will instead drop the commission at the travel site and book your stay directly. The hotel can also throw in a free upgrade like a nice room or complimentary breakfast.

If you don’t have any luck with the first person to answer, respectfully ask to speak to the sales manager.

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This is the best time to book a hotel room

If it’s possible, wait until the day you no longer need a hotel room to book it. Later in the day, the better. After 4 p.m., hotels know the odds of selling a room are slim, so you’re likely to get an even lower rate. On average, the same day rate for a hotel room is 10% cheaper than booking in advance.

But it comes with a caveat. If you’re traveling to a busy tourist town or a city where a big event is taking place, don’t rely on this tactic. You might get lucky, but most people book rooms in advance. In a pinch, sites like hotel tonight Can help with last minute bookings.

A hotel inspector is doing a final check on a white-sheet bed in a hotel.

A hotel inspector is doing a final check on a white-sheet bed in a hotel.

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Don’t Forget the Extra Discount

When you book online, you’ll likely see a field to enter membership details to save more. Don’t forget to ask about those discounts when you call to book a hotel.

Veterans, AAA members, seniors, government employees, and students often qualify for discounted hotel rooms — sometimes on top of the discount, you’re already getting.

This too is not just a few bucks. AARP members can get up to 15% off at Marriott hotels; Best Western offers members 10% off. Wyndham Hotels has special rates for guests 60 and older. AAA can save you up to 10% on Hyatt Hotels and MGM Resorts properties.

Here’s another pro-tip: If you know which hotel chain you want to stay at, visit their website, sign up for their mailing list, or download their app. You will be the first to know about any special discounts and promotions.

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Use Incognito Mode When You Must Book Online

Calling at the last minute to score a cheap room is great when it works, but sometimes you need to book online. Your best bet is to open an incognito browser window.

Some travel companies keep track of what you find and will raise prices the next time you visit the site. You don’t need to worry about pricing when using Incognito Mode.

It is not only the travel industry that does this. Many online shopping sites know when you are chasing an item and can increase the price if you drop it and come back to buy it later. Don’t leave it to chance.

In the image, a man uses his Iphone and laptop computer at his desk.

In the image, a man uses his Iphone and laptop computer at his desk.

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