Experienced travellers would often say that if you really want to enjoy your trip, you should take as much time as you need in planning it. A well-researched and well-planned trip will save you the headache brought about by missed flights, hotel mixups, language barriers, getting lost in a foreign city, insufficient coin and whatnot.
One of the first things you must see to on a trip is securing a hotel because accommodation, along with airfare, accounts for the biggest chunk of many people’s travel funds. You have to make sure the room rate you’re paying for is just right and will leave you with enough room in your pocket to go on sightseeing tours, go shopping for souvenirs, eat good food and go to different places in the area. Here are some of the ways to make sure your hotel is secured at the right price.
Use discount codes when booking.
To bring hotel rates down further, use a discount code that can bring down the price of the room rate. You can find discount codes on voucher sites–these codes can be used when securing a hotel via booking sites, while others can be used when you make reservations directly with the hotel. One site in particular to look into for your Hotels.com discount codes is this one: http://www.totaldiscounts.co.uk/shop/hotels-com/
Different booking sites may offer different rates for the same room, so a coupon code will surely come in handy to give you the best possible price.
Check hotel availability and prices.
Before securing a hotel, you first need to narrow down your options. Get the lay of the land by visiting a hotel booking site and specifying your travel dates, location and the amenities you require. Once you are presented with the hotels that meet your criteria, see how much each offers per room. Keep in mind that the rates may vary according to hotel category. Filter your search as you see fit according to price to narrow down your options and have a baseline idea about pricing and availability.
Consider unpublished rates.
There’s another kind of hotel booking site that will help you cut accommodation expenses. These sites offer flash deals and unpublished discounts on certain hotels. The sites will post a deal for a package stay, but when you call the posted toll-free number, you’ll get offered a lower rate. It’s a great tactic for hotels wanting to fill up rooms as soon as possible, and a fab benefit for travellers looking to secure a hotel for a price that’s more than affordable.
Look for travel packages.
Travel packages usually cover the cost of a round-trip airfare, a stay in a reputable hotel (usually a 3- to 4-star hotel), sightseeing tours, meals and private car rentals. If you’re unwilling to spend on each of these, then a package deal may be just for you. The items included in the deal usually cost more when paid for individually, so if you really just want to relax, let the tour company do their thing. This is one of the most ideal and cost-effective ways to enjoy your trip without the hassle.