Travelling overseas for work or pleasure should be a worry-free experience. However, many travelers often face the difficulty of finding cheap hotel deals, which is especially important when on a tight budget. Saving travel costs on a stay at a reasonably-priced accommodation goes a long way in making your trip more pleasant as you can then focus your budget planning on the trip proper instead.
Looking for the best deals can be a frustrating process if you do not know how and where to look, as there is a large amount of information about hotel deals online and offline to sort and process. I shall thus help to make your search for the best hotel deals a more systematic one by offering the following tips and advice.
1. The Internet is home to great hotel deals.
The Internet can provide comprehensive information about the hotel deals which best suits your budget. The numerous online aggregate travel sites contain a wealth of information about hotels, thanks to their partner suppliers’ links to many hotels worldwide. To sort and narrow down your search effectively, you can take advantage of these sites’ search and compare functions, which can compare the rates among different hotels in their database which have similar characteristics that suit your search criteria. This way, you can easily compare the rates of hotels within the same area, with similar names or with the same star rating, among other selectable sorting criteria.
The most important benefit of booking your hotels through the aggregate travel sites is the presence of best rate guarantees, special deals and discounts which may not be available if you book directly through the hotels’ websites. However, you should take note of the accompanying fine print before making your booking, as there may be additional charges or non-refundable clauses involved, among others.
2. Search for online portals that offer cheaper options during peak travel periods.
You may discover that hotel prices are generally higher during the peak seasons which could include long vacation periods during the summer, during major local festivals and events or during the weekends, among others. This is because hotels generally raise their rates due to the influx of tourists. However, there are some online portals that do specialize in offering cheaper deals during such periods. Hence it is a good idea to book your hotels through these websites, such as one that I will mention below, to ensure that your hotel costs remain affordable.
3. Select a hotel further from the city centre.
If staying in a centrally-located hotel is not a must for you, you may consider accommodation that is located further away from the city centre as these hotels usually cost less. Here, you may even find smaller local independent hotel chains which provide a comfortable stay and charge lower room rates than more well-known ones.
4. Look out for offers and deals whenever you book your hotel.
Many websites offer limited time offers and deals for selected hotels in your chosen destination when you book with them. Hence, be alert and do a search on which hotels offer such promotional deals as booking a discounted hotel can save you more money than you can imagine. However, do pay attention to the stipulations, commonly in the form of a minimum number of nights’ stay, that have to be met before you can enjoy these deals.