Five tips travel industry insiders use to save big on hotel rooms
1. Book your hotel as part of a package. Many hotels are reluctant to lower their stand-alone hotel rates, but will do so if the hotel is bundled with a flight. Why? During the last downturn in travel (after 9/11), hotels slashed room rates to spark demand. The problem, however, was that it was difficult to then raise rates when things normalized because travelers had come to expect such discounted rates. Now, hotels are struggling again but don’t want to lower stand-alone rates, but will do so in a package where the customer can’t see what the hotel rates is vs. what the flight costs – they just see one total price.
Example: Travelocity conducted a study and found the average savings on booking a package vs. booking the same elements of the same trip separately was $315.