1. Look at when is the best time to book
If you are in a position to book last minute this can save you money as some hotels are keen to the sell the room so can offer you a discounted price. Try and leave it until after lunch on the day you want to stay.
2. Think about whether you should book direct
Normally the best way to ensure you are getting the lowest price is to do your research and then book directly with the hotel you want to stay at.
3. Think about how to book direct
Nowadays there are so many ways to book direct, but all options will give you a great result. You can either call-up the hotel directly, book via an app on your smartphone or simply go directly to the website. Always try and speak to a human being!
4. Ensure you get the best room for your stay
If you have a preference you should always highlight this when you book and then the hotel can advise of the best room for your requirements, whether it be being away from the lifts or restaurant area to reduce noise levels, a room with a great view or a corner room for more space.
5. Join a loyalty scheme – for free!
Many brands offer loyalty schemes which you can join for free. These are a fantastic money saver as you will earn points for each stay you have with the hotel group.
6. Look into upgrades vs discounts
Various hotel groups will be able to offer upgrades if you can't get a discount. Think of some added extras you'd like them to throw in - it costs them less and can be worth a lot to you.
7. Look at the location of your hotel
Location is a key influence on room rates, so it’s worth researching if there is a hotel within easy reach for the purpose of your stay. Most cities have great transport links so if you are able to stay just outside the main tourist hot spots or if you don’t mind staying in a financial hub for a weekend it can really help you save some money, which you can then spend on a treat! For example at the time of looking Holiday Inn Express Manchester East was £47 whereas Holiday Inn Express Manchester City Centre Oxford Road was £83, saving you £36
8. Look at which nights you stay
Can you stay on a Sunday night? In many hotels Sunday is the cheapest night because business guests tend to check in on Monday or Tuesday and check out for the weekend, while leisure guests tend to check in for the weekend and check out on the Sunday.
9. Free nights
Asking for a free night if you are staying for a certain amount of time will always vary depending on the hotel. If you subscribe to emails or download an app with push notifications you'll always be aware of any promotions.
10. Have confidence and be nice!
After all... If you don't ask then you'd definitely don't get!
- Thanks to Holiday Inn Express for sharing these tips. The hotel group has just launched its lowest price promise ensuring consumers get the best price by booking directly. Find out more here.
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