Here's how to maximize your travel savings.
When you're planning your big trip it doesn't matter if you're eyeing the bare basics or sweet, suite stars. You just want to get the best bang for your buck. Here are some best practices to get the best value on every hotel, everywhere.
A Tale of Trade-Offs.
Can You Stay Mid-Week?
Stay A While.
Hit a New Low.
Read Some Reviews - The Smart Way.
Next, I read some recent “terrible” reviews. I’m looking for a trend. If 5 out of 5 say that the bathrooms were filthy or the staff were horrible, that’s a concern. But I also look at the people writing the reviews – do they seem like experienced, reasonable, well-spoken travellers or are they people who had a bad day and are on a rant?
I also examine recent "excellent" reviews – is there anything that will make all the difference in the world? Consistent reports of staff who go the distance gives me much greater value than if the hotel is across the street from a hot dance club.
Dare to Compare
Codes, Coupons, and Cookies
Try Booking Directly...
An added bonus of booking directly? Hotels will often throw in little extras. In Bruges, most hotels offer a bottle of wine or box of chocolate for booking directly with them.
...Or Try A Third Party Booker
Be Bold and Bargain.
Offer to Pay Cash
Ask and You Shall Receive
Not All Rooms Are Created Equal.
Be A Great Guest.
I'd love to learn from you! What are your tips to get the best bang for your buck?
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