How to Compare Hotel Deals
Hunting for a nice hotel deal can be consuming and confusing. Thankfully, travel websites allowing online reservations make things so much easier, as do hotels that mostly have websites of their own these days.
Before starting your search, find yourself a nifty tool for comparing prices, including all additional fees for certain hotel services. See what discounts you can ask for and how you can approach the hotel effectively using the phone. If everything fails, there are lots of websites today which let you pick your price range, as long as you’re flexible in your choice of a place to stay.
Create a comparison chart prior to searching. 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.
Search the Internet for hotels where you plan to go. Get a grip on the cost of budget, average and luxury hotels in the area. Use websites that give you star ratings and amenities for every listed hotel. Hotel deals available through hotel comparison sites may not be good if by grabbing them fast – likely, with little or no thought at all – you feel like you’ve been scammed.
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.
Compare prices against amenities.
Hotel X may cost $30 more per night than hotel Y, but if hotel X offers a complimentary breakfast and free parking and hotel Y doesn’t, then hotel X is probably the better deal.
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.
Be flexible with the travel you plan to travel.
When you can, take a look at different dates when you look for hotels on the Internet, and remember that the prices will probably fluctuate, depending on whether you’re staying on a weekday or a 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 the hotel first before actually booking.
Ask them for any special packages they may be offering at the moment, and tell them you are comparing hotels in the vicinity. 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.