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How to save money on great hotels!

Even the most exclusive hotels and resorts offer special deals - you just have to ask.

Even the most exclusive hotels and resorts offer special deals - you just have to ask.

Hot Hotel Booking Tips

These days we’re keener than ever before to get the most value for our dollar – particularly when we travel.  Are there ways to upgrade your accommodations without increasing your bill?

Absolutely.

Start by minding your manners and lay the ground-work that will enable you to ask for the best deal available, in the nicest way possible.  Staying at a big chain hotel?  Call and deal directly with the reservations desk at the hotel you’ll be staying at, rather than working through their central booking system.  Explain why your stay is going to be a special time for you.  Perhaps you’re celebrating a birthday, an anniversary or even planning your honeymoon.  Be sure to emphasize that you put a great deal of thought into selecting just the right place to stay, and chose their property.

Having now set a friendly, positive tone, you’ll be in the perfect  position to ask for an upgrade or a lower rate.  Ask for their best price, after mentioning any memberships etc. you have that might qualify you for a cheaper rate (Canadian Automobile Association, for example.) Mention the rate you’ll like to pay, but if it isn’t offered say, “Hmmmm.  That’s more than I think we can afford.  Can you possibly do any better?”

If the answer is no, and you’re willing to consider staying somewhere else, say so politely.  If you’ve done your homework, you’ll know which competing hotels are in the vicinity, so you’ll be able to say, “We really wanted to stay at your hotel, but I don’t think we can afford that rate.  I guess I’ll have to check with xyz hotel.”

That may be the end of the conversation – and if you truly can’t afford the rate, it will have to be!  On the other hand, the reservations agent may rise to the bait and offer either a better price or some other incentive to encourage you to book.   If no discount is being offered, ask about an upgrade to a higher quality room, for the same price.  If a suite’s empty, and you’ve been pleasant to deal with, you might find yourself settling into more spacious accommodations at no additional cost.  No larger rooms available?  Ask about the possibility of having breakfast included in your room rate.  Note: the reservations clerk may not have the clout to make upgrade decisions without a manager’s approval so, if you sense confusion or confusion, ask to speak to a supervisor – and then roll out your whole charming manners once again.

At the very least, when booking a hotel room, ensure that the location of your room suits you.  Some people care most about their view, while others prefer to be as close to the elevator as possible, so suitcases etc. don’t have to be lugged very far.  By contrast, other people hate to be disturbed by the sound of elevators clanking up and down all night.

Tried your best, but still not scoring any deals with the reservations clerk?  Say “No thanks,” don’t book and call back later in the day or evening, when shifts have likely changed.  Sometimes, a different reservations agent will take a whole new approach!

Posted in Escapes 8 years, 8 months ago at 3:58 am.

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