Subscribe to The Professor's Free Travel Newsletter Get First Notice of New Tours

Travel Blog

7 Easy Tips for Booking Hotels

7 Easy Tips for Booking Hotels

On any vacation, lodging makes up a bulk of the cost.  Not only do travelers want to save money 

Avoid Third Party Booking Sites Like Hotels.com, Expedia, or Orbitz:  Hotels dislike these sites immensely because they take a hefty commission - around 20%.  Customers who book through the hotel directly are more likely to get better service and preferential treatment.  In some cases you may not get reward points or credits for loyalty programs if you book through a third party site.  And, if you have a problem - the hotel may refer you to where you booked the room.  On the other hand, there is nothing wrong with researching hotel prices through third-party sites. 

Negotiate with the Hotel Directly:  The Professor always recommends contacting the hotel directly by phone or email.  Negotiate price, payment, and refund terms.  For instance, I recently booked a "Park Sleep and Fly" rate with a hotel that saved me 35% over the rate posted on the hotel site after I called the hotel directly and asked for a better rate if I guaranteed payment (see the next tip below).

Location, Location, Location:  It might be a better idea to get a well-located hotel even though it might cost a little bit more.  Example of better located hotels are ones near transportation, attractions, or dining options. 

What are the Perks:  That's another consideration when booking a hotel.  Check if they have a pool (if you like that kind of stuff), dining, free parking, free breakfast, etc.

Guarantee Payment:  If there is anything that hotels hate, it is the last-minute cancellation.  If you offer to pay up-front with a non-refundable payment, not only will you probably get a better rate, you might get extra perks like free breakfast or free parking. 

Book for Monday through Thursday:  Rates are usually (but not all the time) more expensive on the weekends. Some hotels won't let you book a Friday night without booking a Saturday.

Use Your Discount:  Work for the government (you could be any type of federal, state, or local government employee)? You might qualify for a significant discount.  A government ID card helps.  Are you a senior? In the military?  Lots of discounts are available to you.

Related

Share

Travel Blog Categories
Search Blog Posts

Travel Blog

The Traveling Professor is one of the most well-known travel bloggers on the web.   It is considered by many to be one of the best travel blogs to be found because it provides practical and useful travel information.   Since The Professor does not accept advertising, travelers find his travel blogs to be unbiased and practical.

The Professor's most widely read posts are on topics like how to pack a suitcase, airline travel tips, hotel booking tips, and international travel check lists.  He is an ardent airfare watchdog, keeping travelers abreast of the latest in airline booking trends.  Traveler blogger recommendation on hotels, restaurants and money and time saving tips are found here.

Another valuable resource is advice on travelers insurance.  Find unbiased travel insurance reviews and recommendation on the best travel insurance for you.