Compare and Contrast:
You should start by visiting a hotel price comparison site such as trivago. Such sites are great places to look up a certain hotel, or hotels in a particular area and then make comparisons on which site will offer you the best deals for that time you plan on visiting that particular place. Another good site is TripAdvisor, it – apart from a ton of reviews and other useful stuff – shows you which sites will offer what prices. It will then directly link you to that site so you may quickly book a deal you like.
Some hotel owners deem it wise to make some profit than none hence their booking sites offer an auction service in which the customer can bit on a room in a particular hotel. This is beneficial for both the owner and the customer, the latter gets a discount and the former makes a profit. Search for these if you can.
For those who allow a little more leeway on where and when they want to go on their vacation, daily deals and last minute deals can offer amazing options. Other sites include ‘dealofthedayholidays’. Here you can find really good holiday deals available from a variety of options.
Flexibility in Prices:
The price of a hotel room isn’t something which is set in stone. It can vary considerably throughout the year, and sometimes even within the same week. Again, the key is flexibility. If you can be flexible in your bookings, then you can manage a steep discount. As a rule, Sunday and Monday nights are usually the quietest for hotels and if you book your room on these days, you’ll most definitely get a bargain.
It’s also to advisable to take a good look at the hotel you will be staying at. If it caters mostly to business people, a weekend stay might be cheaper. If, on the other hand, the hotel is primarily for tourists, a bargain will be possible during weekdays.
Traveling during the off season will save you immense costs, both for flights and hotel prices. Check out the peak holidaying months for a particular location and go a month before or after. Prices also rise sharply during school holidays, so be sure to avoid going when the schools are off.
Don’t be Afraid to Ask (Politely):
It’s a good idea to try to negotiate a price with the hotel directly. If you ask politely enough, many hotels are open to discussion what discounts or deal they may have. This works especially when the business is slow (like in the off season). Some websites may give you a good deal but they may include hidden costs so it’s always a good idea to contact the hotel in any case.
If you travel frequently join a loyalty scheme. This will give you access to exclusive discounts.