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Here’s my spending philosophy: If you can get something a little cheaper, it’s worth a little effort.
Of course, I like tools that work hard for me. Tap or click for online shopping helpers to find discounts that work.
There are digital techniques that make travel easier, safer and more affordable. Tap on or click for five smart tech tips you should read before you hit the road this summer.
When saving in hotel rooms, sites that have the best deal possible are not always the way to go. Sometimes, you can do better on your own. My son used the tips below to get a hotel room for $ 80 cheaper online.
Don’t book through a travel site
When you’re looking for a hotel, travel discount sites like Kayak, Expedia or Hotels.com are great places to start – but don’t book there. Once you find the lowest price available at the hotel you want to visit, call the hotel’s reservation desk.
Many hotels supply or beat the best internet rates when you book with them. They leave a commission to the travel site and book your stay directly. The hotel can also throw a free upgrade, such as a nice room or complimentary breakfast.
If you have no luck with the first person answering, ask respectfully to talk to the sales manager.
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This is a great time to book a hotel room
If this is feasible, wait until the day you need a hotel room to book it. Day after day, fine. After 4 pm, hotels know that the chances of selling a room are very low, so you are likely to get even lower rates. On average, the same day rate for a hotel room is 10% cheaper than an advance booking.
But it comes with a warning. Do not rely on this tactic if you are traveling to a busy tourist city or a large event town. You may be lucky, but most people book rooms in advance. In a pinch, so do the sites Hotel tonight Last minute booking can help.
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Don’t forget the extra discounts
When you book online, you’ll probably see a field to enter membership details to save more. Don’t forget to ask for a discount when you call a hotel to book.
Veterans, AAA members, seniors, government employees and students often qualify for discounted hotel rooms – sometimes on concession, which you are already getting.
It’s not just a few bucks. AARP members can get up to 15% discount on Marriott hotels; Offers a 10% discount to Best Western members. Windham Hotels have special rates for guests 60 and older. AAA can save you up to 10% on the properties of Hyatt Hotels and MGM Resorts.
Here’s another pro tip: If you know which hotel chain you want to stay in, go to their website, sign up for their mailing list, or download their app. You will first learn about any special discounts and promotions.
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When you need to book online, use incognito mode
It’s best to call at the last minute to score a cheap room, but sometimes you just have to book online. Your best bet is to open an unknown browser window.
Some travel companies will keep track of what you are looking for and increase prices the next time you visit the site. You don’t have to worry about price increases when you use incognito mode.
It’s not just the travel industry that does this. Many online shopping sites know when you’re following an item, and if you leave it and return to buy it, the price may increase. Don’t leave it to chance.
Incognito mode doesn’t hide everything you do online, but it does have some practical uses. Tap or click for my five more favorites.
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