Getting price drop on hotel

Most of you seasoned travelers may know this already, but I just learned a cool trick!!

I had booked two hotel rooms for 3 adults by mistake (fully refundable rate, thank goodness!!)  I got distracted during the payment method entry and booked twice.

Turns out one set of kids can go with us to Bermuda.  I went in to change one room to 2 adults and 2 kids, and discovered the price had dropped.  I was able to modify both room reservations.  Due to price drop and 2 adults rather than 3, one room dropped $40.  Our room with 3 adults dropped $15.  That will almost pay for our ride from airport to hotel!!  I'm going to check on our Feb reservations as well.


10 Answers

Great info.

Ahhhh very good to know. I often times book months ahead and never look to see if the price has changed. I'll start checking from now on. Thanks!

I book our hotels right after booking a cruise, and check prices through the months prior to our vacation. Sometimes the price drops substantially, sometimes stays the same, but it's always a good idea to check. I do the same for car rentals and almost always end up paying less.

Also, I find that booking directly through the hotel or car rental agency no not through a booking agency like Expedia or Priceline etc, always gives me the best rate.

I usually look on TripAdvisor for the ratings and then go directly to the hotel website. By booking through rewards program (you can usually sign up during the booking process), I nearly always get a lower rate than through the booking agency.

I hadn't learned the trick about car rentals yet. Is it sad that I am thinking of booking cruises with my future savings ???

GrandmaJo we find that booking directly and using the hotel's rewards membership or AAA membership is best. I also like the TripAdvisor reviews, and trust them more than what's posted on the hotel website.

One thing I'm doing now in regards to hotel stays is staying with points. I have a rewards card with a hotel chain and use it often each month. The points certainly add up fast.

I usually check the website and do a mock booking for each of the discounts I am eligible for (AARP, etc).

The AARP usually give me the best rate.

I have had good luck with ORBITZ for doing a package of air, hotel and car when I go to Seattle to visit family. Orbitz also got us a too good to be true price for air and hotel in Venice.

For some reason, I never think of Orbitz. I'll have to check them out next time.

I've looked at Orbitz, but without luck at getting the best price. It's always good to shop around to find a deal.


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