You are here: Home - Household Bills - News -

Travel experts reveal top tips to bag the best hotel rooms on a budget

0
Written by: TravelSupermarket.com
23/08/2017
When it comes to your holidays, you want a clean and comfortable hotel without having to pay through the roof for it. TravelSupermarket’s experts reveal their top tips to bag the best rates and extras.

Make requests privately

We’re not talking about slipping the receptionist a ten-dollar bill, but about reaching out to the right member of staff prior to your arrival. Finding out the manager’s name and email is usually pretty easy, so if you’re keen to ensure your room has a bath, not a shower, or you’re desperate to bag an upgrade for a special occasion, drop them an email.

Requests made privately have a much higher chance of success than those made in front of a long queue of guests who might be wondering why you think you deserve special treatment.

Go for a Sunday night

Considering a long weekend away? Instead of extending your break by taking the Friday off work, kick off your trip on a Saturday and take the Monday as a holiday day.

A growing number of hotels are slashing the prices of Sunday stays to boost business on what’s traditionally been a slow day. Julia Davies, owner of The Cottage in the Wood in the Malvern Hills says she offers a ‘Sunday Slumber rate’, typically offering savings of up to 34%.

Loyalty pays

The best deals can usually be found on price comparison sites but don’t make the mistake of thinking this renders your loyalty card useless.

Mentioning that you’re a member of the hotel’s loyalty scheme will significantly increase your chances of an upgrade, whether you booked directly with the hotel or not. For this reason, it’s still worth joining these loyalty schemes, even if you prefer to book with price comparison sites.

Business or pleasure?

Are you travelling for business or pleasure? Before you book your accommodation, have a think about the hotel’s typical guest.

“Leisure resorts or hotels on the outskirts of cities will be more expensive from Friday to Sunday,” says Brian Townsend, an area manager for Wyndham Hotel Group. “Business hotels in city centre locations will usually be most expensive between Sunday and­­­­ Thursday.”

Book early

Last-minute discounts are almost non-existent these days. The vast majority of hotel reservations staff – especially those in tourist hot-spots – assume (in most cases, correctly) that guests booking at the last-minute will (a) struggle to find other accommodation and (b) are, for whatever reason, unwilling to consider other hotels.

Book early and you’ll bag the best prices, and you’ll also be in a better position to request room upgrades and other added extras.

Check in late

Book your room early, but check in late to maximise your chances of getting an upgrade. How many times have you arrived at your hotel early only to be told an early check-in isn’t possible because the rooms are still being cleaned?

If you arrive mid-afternoon, staff will have more time to consider your request and will have a better idea of the hotel’s capacity. The pricier, larger suites are usually booked well in advance, and hotel staff know that these more expensive rooms are unlikely to get snapped up on the day if they haven’t been booked already.

There are 0 Comment(s)

If you wish to comment without signing in, click your cursor in the top box and tick the 'Sign in as a guest' box at the bottom.

Are you a first-time buyer looking for a mortgage?

Look no further, get the help you need by searching for your perfect mortgage

Which ISA is right for you? A round up of the six products available in 2017

From cash to innovative finance to lifetime, here's our guide to the ISA products available to savers this yea...

Guide to buy-to-let tax changes

In late 2015, former Chancellor George Osborne announced a range of  tax measures aimed at landlords, which t...

A guide to switching energy provider

All you need to know about switching from one energy supplier to another.

What will happen if rates change

How your finances will be impacted by a rise in interest rates.

Regular Savings Calculator

Small regular contributions can build up nicely over time.

Online Savings Calculator

Work out how your online savings can build over time.

Five fund tips for a 0.25% interest rate environment

With interest rates stuck at a record low 0.25% and expectations rates could fall to close to zero, here are ...

Protecting family wealth: 10 tips for cutting inheritance tax

Inheritance tax - sometimes known as 'death tax' - can cause even more heartache for bereaved families. But th...

Travel insurance: Five tips to ensure a successful claim

Ahead of your summer holiday, it’s important to make sure you have the right level of travel cover or you co...

Investing your money

Alliance Trust Plc gives you smart insight into how to invest your money

Money Tips of the Week

Read previous post:
young savers
Millennials won’t opt out of auto-enrolment once contributions rise

Auto-enrolment is proving popular with millennials as they plan to continue under the scheme once contributions increase.

Close