Before I get to this weeks tip I wanted to share my exciting stay in Spokane Wa last week. I had checked in to the room around 5PM and thought it would be a good idea to take a long hot bath before heading to dinner. Interrupted by a phone call, I totally forgot about the running bath. Having to run down and talk with my associate in the lounge about an emergency issue, then deciding we should go have dinner and diagnose the problem caused one hell of a mess. By the time I returned to my room the water was flooded into the carpet leading out into the hallway. In a state of panic just imagining what the hotel was going to charge me for the clean up I called a local cleaning company. They came over within the hour and had everything cleaned up just as fast. Saved my butt. I want to thank the awesome Spokane Carpet Cleaning Company for coming to my rescue – I owe you one!!
How to Save On Hotel Accommodation
Whenever you are travelling to a new destination, hotel accommodation could be your biggest bill. With careful planning however, you could stay in a comfortable hotel and still make massive savings. In fact, if you conducted some good research, you need not compromise your comfort or safety especially if you are visiting a new country or a city you are not very familiar with.
Make use of coupons
Coupons offer discounts and whenever you fail to use them you are actually failing to make use of a saving that is readily available. On some sites, you can easily see the coupon codes you need to use but sometimes you might have to do some searching.
Book hotel room and flight together
Whether you book directly or through an agency, you always stand to gain if you book the hotel and flight together. In fact bundle booking could save you money on both the hotel and the flight.
Find out the loyalty program that your hotel has
If you are a frequent traveler, you stand to benefit from any loyalty program that your hotel runs so long as you stick to the same hotel. If you are staying in a hotel that has branches in many cities or countries, the loyalty program will work for you even if it is your first time in a hotel in a new location. Some loyalty programs are actually very good and could even include some free nights. You can access loyalty programs directly from the hotels or from some booking sites.
Hotels love it when you create business for them by referring your family and friends to them. The rewards for referrals vary but will usually earn you bonus points and sometimes even cash.
Find out where prices could be falling
If you just wish to get away from home and have not yet decided on a specific destination, you could make massive savings by heading to a destination where hotel prices are low. Prices fluctuate quite substantially depending on the season and there are many sites where you can obtain this info.
Find out if an association you belong to makes you qualify for a discount
Should you be a member of an association (such as the American Bar Association) it is possible that your membership makes you qualify for special discounts when you book in certain hotels. Discounts are sometimes quite high and you might end up saving as much as 30%.