How to Compare Hotel Deals
Finding a good hotel deal can be intimidating and confusing at the same time. Good thing there are travel websites that let you to book online and make everything easier, as does the fact that hotels usually have their own websites nowadays.
Before you start your search, find a convenient tool that helps you compare prices, and remember to consider extra fees for specific hotel services. See what discounts you can ask for and how you can approach the hotel effectively using the phone. If nothing works, there are many websites out there that allow you to pick the price you’re happy to pay, provided you’re flexible about where you want to stay.
Make a comparison chart before you start your search. Have room for the name of the hotel, its email address and phone number, its brick-and-mortar address, and of course, its star-rating. Now create a checklist of each and every hotel that offers the amenities you want and/or need. Include everything, with or without extra charges.
Look online for hotels in your intended destination. Get a grip on the cost of budget, average and luxury hotels in the area. Make use of websites that provide hotel details such as amenities and star ratings. Hotel deals you get through hotel comparison sites aren’t so god if you snag them fast – and probably without much – and you feel like you’ve been misled.
Keep in mind that a hotel manager could just write anything great about them in their website description, so make it a point to know others’ opinions too by going through travel sites.
Consider amenities when you compare prices.
If hotel X is more expensive by $20 a night than hotel Y, but hotel X charges nothing for parking and even offers a complimentary breakfast, neither of which you’ll get from hotel Y, then get hotel X.
Check out the hotel’s official website to get discounts or deals.
They may have special deals for retirees or their rates may be generally lower at certain times of the year. With the chart you made, compare offers from different hotels.
Have a flexible travel schedule.
If possible, check out different dates when searching for hotels online, and keep in mind that prices usually fluctuate, depending on whether you plan to stay during the week or the weekend. If possible, explore different dates when trying to find hotels online, and consider that prices are going to vary, depending usually on whether you’re booking within a week or a weekend.
Call prior to booking.
Ask if they have any special promos or deals at the moment, and drop a hint that you’re comparing hotels around the area. Several hotels may be running a special not offered online or even on their website, and if they know you are making comparisons between them and their competitors, they may just be happier to cut you a deal.