Make It Business
If your trip coincides on a weekend or during summer months, make sure to book at business hotels as these periods are usually slow for them, which means they can provide you great deals and even lower prices. This is especially true if you’re traveling within Europe.
Corner the Corner
A corner room will usually give you more square footage for the same price, and there’s apt to be a better view outside your windows. Also, if you’re upgrading to a corner room, make sure to ask the front desk quietly especially when there are other guests waiting to be assisted.
Forget about the 800 reservation numbers, call the hotel directly, as their staff will have a better knowledge of their occupancy and therefore offer an upgrade when possible. Being friendly with the staff won’t hurt either, especially if you’re planning to book with them on a regular basis.
Bring Out Your Credentials
While not 100% proof, showing to the hotel that you are active on rating websites like TripAdvisor or Yelp, or if you’re a social media influencer, or even a staff from a magazine can also tilt the odds in your favor to get additional perks.
Hit Two Birds with One Stone
Not always, of course, but booking your flight and hotel together can sometimes yield great savings.
Websites like Hotels.com and Kayak offer signups for alerts when hotel prices start to drop. This takes the hassle out of frequently checking online.
At the End of the Day
This is the best time to check in if you’re looking for an upgrade since hotels by this time will have a better idea of their occupancy. This gives them a better position to offer upgrades that are still available.
Wait at the Last Minute
Take note that a hotel’s cancellation period usually falls between 24 to 48 hours in advance, which is when rooms at lower rates become available.
Use the Apps
Make your mobile gadget work for you by downloading apps like Hotel Tonight that can get you great, last-minute discounts on room. The Hotels.com app, on the other hand, offer loyalty members access to a secret prices section where you can get room for $200 and under even during peak times.