Hotels.com Discount Code 2016
If you are about to head off on a holiday or business trip, getting a hotel discount is an easy way to lower the expenses on your journey. Nearly all hotels have discounts available to you, you just need to know where to look. It only takes a moment to do and the savings over multiple trips or family holidays really make it worth the effort. You must remember to be careful when you are booking hotels with a discount, as the actual standard of the hotel may not be as good as it seems. This article will address the ways you can get discounts as well as the things you need to watch out for.
The most common types of discounts are those for people associated with certain organizations such as American Automobile Association (AAA) or the Canadian equivalent (CAA). There is almost always a box to tick on the website of a hotel, or you will be asked at hotel reception. The reason these discounts exist is that there are so many members of these associations traveling around, so hotels stand to gain a lot by being accommodating. If you are a member of one of these societies, you should definitely take advantage of it by ensuring your hotel gives you a discount.
There are some other discounts which are also members only. Many hotels have a discount for seniors, as long as a senior’s card is produced at the reception when checking in. There are also often discounts for people who work in the public sector. These government employees are often traveling so it makes financial sense for hotels to offer them discounts. Again, if you either have a senior’s card or are a government employee, you should always check with the hotel before you make a booking to see if you are eligible for a discount.
These types of discounts which you can get by because you are a member of a certain association are generally considered to be quite safe. They are often year-round discounts, not just in the off-peak season, which is especially helpful for those looking to go for a holiday when the weather is nice. The discounts you can expect will vary, but they are generally up to around 20%. The reason that these discounts are considered safe is that you are unlikely to pick a hotel just because it has the discount. There are so many hotels with the discount that you are just going to pick the one which suits you, and then you get the discount on your price.
The other types of discounts are those found on the internet using a discount hotels website. This is where you can run in to trouble if you are not careful when you are making your booking. The discounts found on dedicated hotel discount sites often seem much larger than those you could get from having a membership. This can often be a double edged sword, as the size of the discount could outweigh other factors regarding the hotel in your decision making process. This is not to say that obtaining a discount in this manner could not be to your benefit. Indeed, this is one of the best ways to secure a hotel discount, as long as you are careful about it.
The first precaution you should take when searching for hotel discounts, is to read as many reviews as you can on the hotel that you are looking at. Try to find one written by someone in the same class of room as you are thinking about booking. This will help ensure that there are no surprises in store for you when you arrive at the hotel. Secondly, if you comparing two hotels which have the same price after the discount, but the original prices for the rooms are different, don’t automatically assume that the one with the higher initial price is the better room. A tactic used by hotels is to increase the original price so the discount looks like it is a very large. You may find that there is nobody paying the full price for the hotel, it is just there to enlarge the discount percentage.
The best way to avoid ending up in a hotel of a lower standard than you were expecting is to search for hotels in the area you want to stay and pick a few that you like the sound of after reading the independent reviews. You can then search for these hotels on a dedicated hotel discount site and compare the prices. At the end of the day, the two things which matter are the quality of the hotel and the price for the room. You should not let large discounts cloud your judgment. Indeed, it is usually hotels which offer discounts lower than 30% which are the best value for money.
The final thing to consider is package deals. These can be good or bad depending on what you want to get out of your holiday. Packaging is a great way for hotels and tourist attractions to gain more customers. This means that if you are intending on visiting a certain attraction or taking a tour, then you could save a lot of money if it is included in the hotel package. It is also easier in many cases as the hotel at the start of the tour route, taking some of the stress out of your holiday. You should always compare the tour in the package with other similar tours. The tactic used by some inferior tour companies is to affiliate themselves with hotels in order to gain business, because they find it difficult to pull in business by themselves.
There is no reason why you can’t save on your holiday accommodation, simply by ticking a box on a hotel website or using dedicated hotel discount websites to book your hotel. There are also many other things you can save money on by searching for discounts online, so do a bit of research and that long awaited holiday might be cheaper than you imagined!