Booking a Hotel Stay? How To Get the Most Bang for Your Buck
Top Tips for Next Your Hotel Stay
The world has almost returned to normal, which means you’ve already embraced travel once again or you are currently planning a future vacation or hotel stay. But…
Where will you go?
When will you go?
Where will you stay?
A little more about me. Until recently, I worked as a reservations consultant for a large hotel group and over the (nearly) two years I worked there, I’ve learned loads of tips and tricks to ensure you get the best deals and get the most out of your vacation, and maybe live like a movie star!
Here are my top tips.
Don’t Book Your Hotel Stay Through A Third Party
Booking your hotel stay via a third-party website will give you a lot less control over your booking. Some of these websites make it impossible to make changes to your booking or to cancel if you need to.
Sure, you might think you’re getting a great deal, but the truth is, if you book directly with the hotel, you are more likely to be better looked after.
Plus, if you’re travelling locally, your dollars will stay in your home country instead of being siphoned off to another country.
Note the Check-In and Check-out Times
Most hotels have an afternoon check-in. This doesn’t mean that you can’t check in early. If you arrive early for your hotel stay and your room is cleaned and ready, most properties will give you access to your room.
If not, many hotels will store your luggage for you and allow you access to the facilities. Yes, this means you can use the pool and outdoor areas. Just check with reception first.
Also, be aware of the check-out times. Don’t be late for check-out, you may get charged an extra fee.
You Will Need to Provide a Security Deposit
Most hotels and resorts will request a security deposit on check-in. This is held in case of damage to your room or for any incidentals not noted on checking out.
Note that if you do provide a debit card for your security deposit, the funds may not be returned to you immediately. It can sometimes take up to 14 days, depending on the property. If you provide a credit card, the amount will also be on hold for a nominated amount of time.
If you pay by cash, expect to pay more (sometimes a lot more) than if you provided a credit card. Not all hotels will accept cash.
Note The Cancellation Policy
This one is super important. It’s essential to know what the cancellation policy of your hotel stay is before you make the booking. It might be a 7-day or 30-day policy. This means if you cancel inside the 7 days or 30 days stated on your policy, you will most likely incur a fee. Worst-case scenario – you might lose your entire payment.
Always read the fine print.
Loyalty Breeds Loyalty
There are so many loyalty rewards programs out there, but if you choose the right one, you will find some amazing discounts along with a wide array of accommodation options.
Plus, the longer you remain loyal to a particular company, the more chance you have of receiving some nice perks, including:
- Discounted room rates
- Free drink on arrival
- Room upgrades
- Discounted tours
- Free Wifi
This one is a basic rule, but it seems that most people lose their minds when they go on vacation. If something isn’t to your liking, you need to speak with reception or the hotel concierge. They are there to help you.
But, please be civil. There’s no need to be rude or obnoxious.
In fact, the nicer you are, the more chance you will have of an upgrade or some kind of bonus.
Most hotels and resorts want you to return so will do their utmost to keep you happy. If you want something, just ask. What’s the worse that can happen? They might say no!
But, don’t be nasty, unpleasant, or insulting, this won’t get you anywhere.