Sunday, 8 November 2015

How to save some pennies on your next hotel stay

Today I'm sharing with you some of my juicy secrets on how to save a few pennies on your next hotel stay; be warned some of them might be slightly ghetto :-)


1. Never pay for wifi again
Everyone wants free wifi, personally I get wifi withdrawal symptoms when I've been away from my phone for too long so having to pay extortionate amounts for wifi at hotels is unforgivable. 
For free wifi at hotels make sure you sign up to the hotels loyalty scheme before you arrive, most hotels offer free wifi to guests signed up to their free loyalty scheme. Never go without wifi again.

2. Early check-in and late check-out
To avoid being billed for early check-in and late check-out, I also sign up to the hotels loyalty scheme and email the hotel in advance of my arrival. Loyalty schemes usually come with this perk and is usually subject to availability. If the above fails, I try and email the hotel to negotiate or sweet talk myself into a reduced rate, always works for me but make sure you email in advance. 


3. Need extra bottles of water, head to the gym
This one is a bit on the ghetto side, but if you want to save some pennies on bottles of water, which at most hotels ranges from £3-£4 upwards for a bottle of Evian, try going to the hotel gym and pick up a few free bottles. The gym is always stocked with free bottles of water. You're welcome.

4. Book a brand new hotel
Look for brand new hotel openings in the city you are going to, and book yourself in for a few nights. Brand new hotels usually have opening rates which are up to 50% cheaper than standard rates.

5. Call the hotel for special occasions 
If you are going away on a special occasion, pick up the phone and call the hotel, many hotels will offer an upgrade on arrival, bottle of wine, birthday treats or free dinner packages at no extra charge. Always check with the hotel before you arrive to see what's on offer. 

6. Check hotel websites for surprise offers
Many hotels advertise offers online such as cocktail happy hours, restaurant offers of the day at discount prices and Spa reduction packages. Always check the hotel offers page online to see what offer you can nab before paying the full price. 

7. Lastly, book through a comparison site 
To grab a bargain hotel rate, I usually book through comparison sites like trivaGo or tripadvisor. Yes they are the big fish in the industry, but they also link you directly to other smaller websites like Amoma.com, Prestegia.com and so on that offer great hidden rates and early booking reductions.


I hope some of my tips above help you when you are booking your next hotel stay. Some of them you may already know, but I guarantee you that all the above have totally worked for me. 


Have a great day.

Tolu
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