Traveling is full of adventures and can mean long, full days. After a long day of new adventures, you want a comfortable, relaxing spot to catch up on some rest. Sometimes, though, the price of a comfortable place to lay your head and take a shower is anything but restful and relaxing.
While hotels can be quite expensive, it is absolutely possible to find great deals on places to stay. If you are planning a trip and looking for a cheap place to sleep without sacrificing quality, consider the following suggestions for finding a cheap hotel room.
Booking a hotel is often done on the go, so having a few apps downloaded can be helpful in finding a good deal on the road.
Use Credit Card Rewards
Using travel rewards is a great way to earn free hotel nights. If you find yourself booking an international flight, you can also redeem credit card rewards for free hotel stays in another country. In fact, you might even find that your points go further in getting you a nicer hotel in some countries.
Compare and Negotiate…
Hop on several different websites and compare rates for hotels in the area you plan to travel. Once you've found a hotel or two that you are interested in, make a few phone calls and see if you can negotiate the price down by disclosing the better rate you found on a different site.
Consider calling the hotel directly, especially if you found a better rate on a third party site, and see if they are willing to match it. There is a good chance they may be willing to work with you in order to convince you to book through them directly.
…Or Snag a Deal Fast
If you have some flexibility and don't mind waiting until (almost) the last minute to nail down your accommodations, consider a resource that will let you snag a last minute deal with hotels looking to fill vacancies the same day.
If a hotel has a bunch of open rooms, it might offer a great deal the day of to get a few more heads on pillows that night. Of course, there is a bit of a risk to waiting until the last minute to book accommodations – you might keep an eye on availability leading up to your trip so you don't end up stranded with no available rooms.
Carefully Select Neighborhood
If you don't mind getting your steps in or taking public transportation, choosing a neighborhood outside of popular tourist areas can save you a significant amount of money. While you might have a little bit longer commute between the hotel and what you plan to do for the day, the savings can really add up and absolutely be worth it.
Get Comfortable with Bidding
If you like to live on the edge and are more concerned about a good deal than the ins and outs of a specific hotel, bidding might be a great way to snag a cheap room.
Using a site like Priceline will allow you to bid on hotel rooms, but you aren't likely to know the details of the hotel until your bid is accepted. You are able to get a rough idea of where the hotel is located and see how many stars it has, but that is about all you will know.
Is AirBNB for You?
Be sure to explore alternative options, such as AirBNB, to see if you can snag a better deal. You can often find great deals on entire apartments or homes, which are much nicer than a hotel room, and they allow you more flexibility.
AirBNB isn't limited to domestic travel, either – some of the best AirBNBs available are located in international destinations. Make sure to read reviews carefully and research the area the listing is located in if you are unfamiliar with your destination.
5 Apps to Consider
Booking a hotel is often done on the go, so having a few apps downloaded can be helpful in finding a good deal on the road. Here are five suggestions of apps that can help you find a cheap hotel room to book.
Search several different hotels near your destination, and filter them by the categories that are important to you. You will have options at your fingertips of different hotels that offer the amenities you are looking for at a price you are willing to pay.
Use Priceline's app to either just book a hotel room or bid on a room using the "Name Your Own Price" tool. Priceline's app often offers great deals and coupons for users who book a room through their app, making prices even lower.
Hotels.com's app is a great resource for finding plenty of available hotels wherever you are headed. Find same day deals for hotels looking to fill beds at a discounted rate, and earn free hotel nights via the app's "collect 10 nights, get 1 free" feature.
Looking for a last minute hotel room for a sudden trip? Maybe you like to live on the edge and wait until the last minute to book a room in hopes of getting a better deal. HotelTonight is a great resource for you! While you can book up to a week in advance, you will find great last minute, day of deals which go live at noon.
Travelocity's app allows you to sift through thousands of hotels. Use the "Top Secret Hotels" tool to land a huge discount, but the only catch is you won't know the specifics of the hotel ahead of time.
Travelocity's app is great in that it offers a promise to match any rate you find for a hotel room, and they will even refund you the difference if you find a cheaper rate after you have already booked through Travelocity.