4 Hotel Booking Tips the Best Travellers Always Use
When booking a hotel, using fare aggregators such as Kayak or Trivago has become common. But don’t forget the old fashioned way. You know, picking up the phone and calling the hotel yourself! Calling the hotel directly and speaking to a real person will save you money. Hotels often have promotions that don’t appear on rate aggregators and many hotels, especially smaller ones, pride themselves on delivering exceptional service.
Avoid booking pay-in-advance rates, unless you are positive your travel plans will not change. Things do happen, especially during winter, holiday season, and hurricane season (depending on where you’re going). You’re better off eating the $20 you would have saved if it means you’re able to cancel your reservation if something goes wrong.
Make sure you know what the hotel will charge you for internet, parking and any other services you need. These fees add up very quickly! Your great deal will instantly become a bad one if you wind up paying $35 per day for parking, $20 for internet and more fees to access other services you thought were complimentary.
Last but not least, call the hotel in advance should you have any sort of occasion that you will be celebrating or any special services you want. At the end of the day it is the hotel’s job (and pleasure) to make sure you have the absolute best experience and become a lifelong, loyal customer.