Are you traveling somewhere? 8 tips for making a hotel reservation

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:

1. BUDGET

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

Only book with a credit card. A credit card payment can be traced in the event of a problem. One of the benefits of using a particular credit card is that you have certain protections under the Fair Credit Billing Act, which allows you to dispute unauthorized charges. CLICK HERE for four tips for disputing a credit card charge.

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.

8. PET POLICIES

Are you traveling with a pet? Call your hotel and ask about their pet policies. And plan ahead – hotels may limit the number of pets. CLICK HERE for more tips when traveling with a pet.

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