Traveling somewhere and looking to get your money’s worth when booking a hotel reservation?
Here are some tips to keep in mind when booking:
Looking to stick to your budget? Research travel websites to find the best hotel for your needs. Compare room prices and offers. Also check for hidden costs such as taxes, Wi-Fi fees, and resort fees. Also check the equipment available.
2. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Be sure to research the location of your hotel. Is it close to where you are going? Will you need to take a taxi or carpool to other locations? Think about the time and money you will spend if the hotel is not conveniently located.
3. READ REVIEWS
Read reviews from other guests on hotel review sites like TripAdvisor.
4. ASK FOR OFFERS AND DISCOUNTS
Ask if the hotel offers discounts for seniors, students, off-season, or midweek. Check with the company you work for. Sometimes companies offer a discount program that includes hotel stays. If you have AAA, look for these rates online or ask for them when you call to reserve a room.
5. BOOK WITH CREDIT
6. CANCELLATION CONDITIONS
Check what are the cancellation conditions for the hotel. Sometimes you can’t avoid making changes to your trip. Choosing a hotel with favorable cancellation conditions can therefore help your budget.
7. READ THE SMALL FEATURES
Often the best rates are non-refundable. As mentioned above, sometimes you can’t avoid making changes, so you want to read the fine print on a rate that may be too good to be true.