Traveling isn’t cheap. Whether you’re going away for business or taking a well-deserved vacation, it’s just too easy to rack up a bill worth hundreds — perhaps even thousands — of dollars. And often, your biggest budget buster is your hotel room.
Luckily, there are various savings strategies you can use to find the perfect hotel that fits within your budget — or at least offers free perks. Click through to find out how you can uncover secret deals and save money on hotels.
Buy Someone Else’s Reservations
To save money on your next vacation, consider snagging a last-minute hotel deal through RoomerTravel. The website allows you to purchase other travelers’ unwanted hotel room reservations at a low rate, said consumer and money-saving expert Andrea Woroch.
“The site connects you with travelers who are stuck with a reservation they can’t cancel, but are willing to sell and transfer the reservation at a discount,” she said.
Use Coupon Codes for a Cheap Hotel Deal
Hotels don’t regularly offer coupons, said Woroch. But if you search, sometimes you can find coupon codes for third-party booking sites that will score you a cheap hotel room. For example, Coupon Sherpa offers 50 percent off select hotels at Hotels.com, said Woroch.
Ask for a Price Match to Save Money on Hotels
Price matches aren’t just for Target shoppers, they’re also for travelers looking for a cheap hotel room. Although hotels might not heavily advertise it, many of them will match a competitor’s lower price if you ask, Woroch said. That goes for third-party sites, too.
“Hotels.com offers to price match any competitor or hotel’s price — just book, then submit the cheaper-priced link,” said Woroch. “I do this because I earn a free night through their site after 10 stays, so it’s a win-win.”
Negotiate a Home Away From Home
Sometimes, the best leverage you’ll have is not with hotels, but with individuals who are renting out their vacation homes, said Woroch.
“If you find last-minute availability through VRBO or HomeAway, haggle with the homeowner for a cheaper price,” she said. “He or she will be motivated to negotiate in fear of missing out on the last-minute booking.”