If you’re like most people, you love to travel, and you would do it more often if there were a way to make it less costly. While there are few ways around the high cost of airfare, you might be able to save on your accommodations. These tips may help you save enough to add an extra vacation or two to your year.
Off-Season Vacations are Significantly Cheaper
You can save quite a bit on your traveling budget by going during the offseason. Some travel agents suggest your hotel costs may be up to two-thirds lower.
Avoid the Weekends
You can increase those off-season savings by also booking your stay for mid-week days. Everyone travels for the weekends, which often leaves hotel rooms vacant Tuesday through Thursday. Hotels will try to fill those days by offering discounted rates.
Search for Online Deals
There are many ways to find online deals for hotel accommodations. You might start by following the social media pages for the major hotel chains. Additionally, third-party travel sites offer promo codes and other deals to help you save.
Stick to Those Third-Party Sites
When you go directly to a hotel chain’s website, you’re only going to get rates for that one hotel. However, using third-party sites, like Expedia or Travelocity, will provide you with multiple listings for the destination and dates you specify. This will let you compare rates and choose the one that appeals to you.
Sign Up for Rewards
If you’re a creature of habit and tend to stay with the same hotel everywhere you go, you might want to look into a rewards program. The hotel may have a smartphone app that helps you track your rewards, so you’ll be notified when you have enough points for a free night or other rewards.
Rent a Room
You can save a great deal of cash by changing your view of accommodations altogether. Aside from sleeping, you probably won’t spend much time in your room anyway, so it may not be necessary to spend the extra money on a four-star hotel. Hostels, Airbnb, and room rentals can cost much less, while they do provide the necessities.
In addition to these tips, you can often save on accommodations through a credit card that also offers rewards. Combining these tips with other rewards programs and hotel deals can add up to significant savings. When you add your savings to your vacation budget, you may find that you have enough to add more trips to your yearly plans.
This article was originally published at SteveFarzam.org