Traveling is tons of fun but trying but finding ways to save money on hotels and lodging can drive you insane! Don’t sweat it, we’ve put together a few ways that you can travel in style while keeping money in your pocket.
Just about every hotel company out there has a loyalty program which gives its members additional perks. Perks can include, free WiFi or free breakfast or 20% off your next visit. By joining various loyalty programs not only do you get first dibs on these exciting offers but you’ll be saving some money as well.
There are many sites similar to Priceline but one cool feature that Priceline offers is the Name Your Own Price tool. This works for flights, hotels and rental cars. The process is simple. Priceline will allow you to bid on how much you’re willing to pay for a hotel for a set amount of days. The system then searches for available deals and if one is found they will notify you, however, Priceline will not reveal what hotel you will be staying at until after you agree to the terms and conditions and finalize your purchase. Results have shown that the Name Your Own Price tool can save you up to 60% off your hotel!
For the more adventurous travelers who want to be amongst the locals, Airbnb is the place for you. Since launching in 2008, Airbnb offers travelers a one of a kind experience typically at a price cheaper than that of a hotel. Airbnb has hosts in over 34,000 cities and 190+ countries. You can book your stay from either your phone or online.
When planning your travels you may want to consider buying your plane tickets, car rental and lodging from the same company. Many airlines and deal sites such as Priceline, Expedia and Travelocity will provide steep discounts if you use their platform to make all of your purchases. Furthermore, if you are a part of their loyalty program this gives you more reward points or credits.
Hotel Credit Card Offer
There are many credit card companies that are affiliated with hotel reward programs. This is a quick way to rack up points to use towards booking your next hotel stay. Depending on the card you sign up for will determine the rewards. Choose wisely and spend responsibly.
Groupon or LivingSocial
If you plan things out ahead of time, money saving/deal sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial are both great places to land exclusive deals. By selecting the city of interest you will see the available deals and packages that you can take advantage of.
By following these tips and keeping your eyes peeled for great deals, you can easily save money and take advantage of hotel loyalty and reward programs.
Author: Chris Coleman