If you plan on going on holiday this year, you might not know where to start. With so many websites, tour operators and travel agents out there, it can all get a little bit complicated. Luckily, this article will focus on some of the best ways you can save money on hotel accommodation in 2016. The result? You get more bang for your buck! Here’s a guide on how to find the best hotel prices. Read on to find out how you can make a significant saving on your next holiday!
1. Compare prices
Whether you plan to go to Amsterdam or Athens, Bangkok or Boston, comparing hotel prices from more than one website can save you a huge amount of money. Using a price comparison site is a great place to start. Just type in your destination and you’ll be given a list for the cheapest hotels in your chosen destination on your dates. You can filter results, too, and find out if your favourite hotels are cheaper if you change your travel plans slightly. For example, you could make a saving if you book a hotel a couple of days after you originally planned to travel. Hotel accommodation is usually expensive during school holidays, especially during the summer months and Christmas and Easter breaks.
2. Be flexible
If you’re flexible with your dates, you are likely to come across the best hotel deals. Same goes for where you stay. Although not always the case, as a general rule, city centre accommodation is more expensive than hotels on the outskirts of a city. You might want to be in the centre of all the action and close to famous landmarks when on a city break, or near the sea when booking a beach holiday, but compromising on location could bag you a serious bargain. If a city has reliable public transport, consider staying in a hotel further away from the city centre to save cash. You will still be able to navigate the city and visit the famous landmarks, but you’ll won’t be paying extra.
3. Book off-peak
If you plan on booking a hotel in a beach resort, it’s always a good idea to book off-season, especially when hotel prices are cheaper. Depending on the location, some hotels might get progressively more expensive as summer approaches. Planning ahead and making an early booking could save you a great deal of money. Booking a hotel just after Christmas, during the January sales, could also save you money on a summer hotel break.
4. Use a voucher code
Using a voucher code could save you more money on your next hotel stay. You’ll find these on third-party voucher sites or when you subscribe to a hotel’s mailing list. You might also want to search for hotel vouchers on a company’s social media pages, like Instagram or Twitter, where you could find the latest deals. When you book your hotel stay online, you will be asked to enter your voucher code. You could save a considerable amount on your booking! Some hotels have loyalty schemes, too, where you can collect points when you visit an establishment and redeem these on future stays.