5 tips to pay less for your hotels on the web

Online booking sites, which have become essential for booking holidays, offer very competitive rates that tend to increase during the summer season. However, there are some tips on how to pay less for your accommodation by booking online.

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Take advantage of loyalty programs

Booking.com, like many other booking sites, offers a loyalty program that offers attractive discounts (from 10% to 15%) and multiple benefits (such as a welcome drink or lunch) when you obtain the status. Obtaining Genius status is not in itself very complicated since it is enough to book once on the platform to obtain a level 1 and five times in 2 years to obtain a level 2, which allows to increase the discount from 10 to 15% and to obtain free breakfasts in some establishments.

If you don’t travel often, consider changing hotels just once during your stay, using the same platform to increase bookings, and keep (or acquire) these valuable benefits.

Book with a VPN

We don’t necessarily think about it, and yet, online booking sites sometimes apply different rates depending on the country from which the booking is made. This is not necessarily the case everywhere, but for poorer countries, it is often possible to obtain better rates by booking from another less privileged country.

Like airlines, hotels and booking platforms change their rates according to the market. Doubtful, however, this practice is based on a very logical calculation: clients from poorer countries do not have the same means as clients from richer countries.

Typically, it is possible to find advantageous deals by changing your location in developing countries such as India, China or Brazil, and Eastern countries. We have thus managed to obtain a discount of nearly 40% on a reservation by locating ourselves in Poland for a hotel reservation in Moscow!

Of course, you will need to become familiar with the use of a VPN and it can be quite tedious, but it is well worth it.

Make a proposal directly to the hotel

On its platform, Booking.com takes a commission of around 15% on all bookings. In theory, it should therefore be possible to find more attractive rates by going directly to the hotel. In practice, however, hotels often charge higher rates for consumers who book directly with them.

For smaller establishments, however, it is possible to offer a small discount. A simple phone call will allow you to get a discount of 5 to 10% on your reservation by bypassing the Booking service. The method is somewhat questionable, it is true, but it works.

Book at the last minute

Some companies have literally made it their core business. Rather than offering bookings several months or weeks in advance, they only offer bookings the day before or the same day, with big discounts.

Hotel Tonight offers, via its app or website, to search for a room near the place where you are through a small catalogue of hotels that offer last minute discounts for their unoccupied rooms.

To rely entirely on this principle can be scary for a very tourist destination in summer. But to troubleshoot, the service can be very useful and allow you to easily save several tens of euros on your room.

If you are looking for a hotel in Los Angeles, you can be sure that there will always be hotels available.

Mention your needs

Finally, it is also possible to obtain small privileges without even asking for them, by playing on the feelings of the receptionists. Are you a young couple travelling to a romantic destination? Let us know that this is your honeymoon and you may be entitled to a little surprise!

The staff of the establishments can be very generous with couples & people who are celebrating a special event. You may get a better room, or a surprise in your room when you arrive!

Needless to say: this tip will not work if you try to book a 3-day stay in Siberia, in a hotel at 15€ per night.

5 tips to save big on the hotel

Do you want to enjoy a luxury holiday at an affordable price? Here are five tips to help you save big on hotel rooms.

By taking advice from family and friends, you can save big on a hotel without sacrificing quality or the services and amenities you deserve. But is this the only way? Here are some tips to help you save more.

1. Use comparison sites

There are several well-known websites that do an excellent job of finding the best hotel accommodation rates for you.

  • These sites save you the headaches associated with a laborious search on one site at a time to be able to compare information. Indeed, they display the prices of several hotels side by side on a single page.
  • A quick online search gives you the names of reliable websites to use in your area.

2. Opt for independence

The major hotel chains intend to make a profit, whatever the methods used.

  • To save money on hotel stays, you can often take advantage of an excellent offer from lesser-known private hotels that are not necessarily in the middle of the action.
  • Here too, word of mouth or an Internet search will allow you to discover these little treasures.

3. Travel out of season

Often, if not always, hotels significantly increase their prices on weekends and holidays.

  • If you are looking for a hotel room at a better rate, consider travelling and staying in an off-season hotel or in the middle of the work week.
  • Hotel prices are dictated by the fundamental laws of supply and demand. During the week, supply generally exceeds demand, resulting in a reduction in room prices.
  • At the last minute, if there are still vacant rooms, prices are reduced further.

4. Look for professional discounts

Many companies offer discounts for employees who need to travel.

  • They can actually represent a 40% saving in some cases, so don’t hesitate to contact your employer before travelling.
  • Members of some associations also benefit from reduced prices for their members.
  • You can still ask your family and friends if they know someone who works in the hotel industry to see if you can benefit from a special rate.

5. Take advantage of loyalty programs

Almost all hotels rely on their compensation and loyalty programs.

  • Although some programs are better than others, most offer some form of discount for booking your next getaway in their facility.
  • If you do not have a membership card, consider booking a hotel in which you have already stayed and let the booking agent or manager know that you are loyal.

As with everything else, it is essential to do research and undertake appropriate preparation to save on your next trip.