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The average daily room rate in London was 226.82 U.S. dollars per day. That is too steep for many people. But that doesn't mean you can't visit the places you want.
Read on to learn how to find a cheap hotel and save money.
So many hotels and third-party booking sites offer free cancellation when you book in advance. That means you can cancel your booking with a penalty up to a certain number of days before your stay.
This is a great way to lock-in a good price without risk. If you find a better price on a cheap hotel, you can cancel your first booking.
One of the best tips for how to save money on hotels is to sign up for a loyalty program.
Most hotel chains offer perks such as best-rate guarantees, free items upon arrival or free nights after X amount of bookings.
Compare the various loyalty programs and find one that works for you. Then stick to it to get cheap lodging wherever you go.
Various booking websites offer to let you know if prices go down for your travel dates. That way, you don't have to constantly be checking prices.
You'll get a text or email notification when the price drops. This is an easy way to get a cheap hotel.
So many people books hotels online these days. Yet, a good old-fashioned phone call is a great way to find nice cheap hotels.
Call the hotel and ask (as politely as possible) if there are any deals the hotel can offer you. You might get lucky and get a free night for a two-night stay. Or you might get a room upgrade for free.
The worst that can happen is that they tell you the same specials that are listed on their website. It never hurts to ask for a bargain to save money.
Another trick to land a cheap hotel room is to try your hand at negotiating. Once you've done some research and scoped out the competitor's pricing, pick up the phone.
Tell the hotel the price you found online. Ask if they can beat it. Bargaining directly with the hotel can often get you a better rate or a better room.
Not all booking sites are the same. Some will inflate their prices and even hide commissions onto the prices you see.
You want to choose sites that have the best pricing and allow you to search for what you want.
These are the best sites to check for cheap hotels:
Haven't heard of secret hotel rooms before? Well, these are rooms that the hotel is selling at a reduced rate to avoid having empty rooms.
There are various sites where you can find them such as LastMinute.com and Hotwire's secret rates.
The catch is you won't know what hotel you're booking upfront. Yet, it's worth it to get a cheap hotel at up to 50% off the original nightly rate.
Sometimes people have to cancel their hotel plans. It happens. But if you want cheap lodging you can profit from other travellers' change of plans.
Some sites list available accommodations that people have cancellations late. These rooms would otherwise be empty so you can expect a reduced price.
Check out Roomer and Cancelon for deals.
Many hotel chains offer their own hotel rewards credit card. You can save hundreds of dollars with one of these.
The credit card industry has a lot of competition. That's good for you because that means many cards have excellent point bonuses just for signing up and spending a certain amount in the first 90 days.
If you use a credit card for regular purchases already, you may as well choose a card that gives you discounts on hotel stays. Some cards have partnerships that offer you better rates when you book a flight and a hotel or if you use a certain booking website.
Another tip on how to save money on hotels is to earn money each time you spend the night in one.
No, this isn't reserved for travel bloggers only. Any traveller can sign up to write travel reviews for Yonderbound.
This site is kind of like Yelp but better. When a person books a hotel after reading about your review, you earn 70% of the sales profit.
Amazing right? You can write an honest review and make money at the same time.
Once you've found and booked your cheap hotel, you can still save money when you check-in by snagging an upgrade.
All you have to do is ask. You have better odds of getting an upgrade if you check in toward the end of the day. By this point, hotel staff will have a good idea of the occupancy in the hotel and are more likely to give free upgrades.
Thanks for reading! Now you know how to find cheap hotels wherever you are headed.
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