Are you a member of USAA or AARP? Do you work for the government or a company that has negotiated discounts with hotel chains? If so, you may be eligible for discounts even when you’re traveling for leisure.
If you need to buy airfare and hotel room nights for a trip, you’ll almost always save money by buying both together. That’s because when sites such as Expedia, Orbitz, or Travelocity bundle airfare and hotels together, those companies can hide discounted prices from retail consumers. Save 20% or more.
Check out DealAngel.com that displays a hotel’s average rate so you can see if your night’s rate is (comparatively) good. A color-coded calendar shows you the most affordable nights.
A web site called Tingo monitors your reservation, and if the room rate goes down before you check in, Tingo will automatically refund the price difference to your credit card.
And use social media. Follow a favorite hotel on Facebook, Twitter, or even Pinterest, and you may receive special discounts and offers. Hilton, for example, runs 24-hour flash sales for Hilton HHonors members.
And, finally, let the hotel know you’re excited about visiting via Facebook or Twitter and you may get an upgrade or room amenity.