akaGrandmaJo
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

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.

 

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Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

Great info.

JCOAKML
Contributor Level: Captain

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!

BonMike
Contributor Level: Captain

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.

akaGrandmaJo
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

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 ???

 

BonMike
Contributor Level: Captain

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.

JCOAKML
Contributor Level: Captain

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.

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

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.

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

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.

akaGrandmaJo
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

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

BonMike
Contributor Level: Captain

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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