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W e all love a little bit of luxury. Paying for it? Not so much...
While we know that money can’t buy happiness, we also know that sitting in a luxurious hotel spa, sipping champagne and waiting for that relaxing massage is definitely better than waking up at a depressing hotel and waiting for the room service to clean up the mess! Here’s how you can grab a 5-star hotel at 4-star prices...
1. Travel off-season
Every travel destination has an ideal time to visit. But if you travel off-season – you are more likely to get better deals on hotel booking (since it’s mostly going to be vacant!), cheaper flight tickets and activity packages. You could be in for a surprise – never knew Goa could be so magical till I went there during the monsoon! But before you start planning, check whether the destination that you’ve chosen even has an off-season!
2. Book a room by calling the hotel directly
The best way to snag a room at a 5-star hotel for less is to charm the person manning the front desk. Do some research online (we recommend booking.com & agoda.com) and call the hotel directly. That person can influence the hotel rates and offer you the best rate guarantee (BRG). Call in and explain about your stay and tell them the rate that you found on online travel agencies. Be patient, polite & persistent – they’ll be willing to offer any last-minute deal and upgrade you gratis... Here are a few points to keep in mind:
3. Let them know that you're an influencer
If you’re active on rating website TripAdvisor, or you have a large follower base on social media websites and channels, let them know about it. Don’t expect huge perks though, but the hotel staff will ensure that they do everything to make your stay extra-special!
4. Go in a group
The larger the occupancy, the greater are your chances of getting better deals... You might get a room at half the price! And if there are kids and grandparents in the group, they’ll be more considerate to your requests for upgrades and other amenities.
5. Tell them about any special occasion
Whether it's your birthday, anniversary or honeymoon, it never hurts to tell them that you're there to celebrate a special occasion. This might earn you upgrades or special amenity kits that will make your stay all the more special!
6. Say goodbye to Mondayitis!
You might be able to save big if your trip includes a weekend, Sunday nights being the least expensive and Fridays the costliest in most luxury hotels... so, if you usually book a romantic getaway from Friday through Sunday, you could consider taking a day off on Monday instead. This money-saving tip is also a sure cure for Mondayitis!
7. See what perks your credit card offers
When it comes to travel, we often look for cash back offers and discounts to reduce the cost of travel. Check out credit cards affiliated with hotel reward programs. These six credit cards will give you the bang for your buck when traveling:
8. Join hotel loyalty programs
If you travel a lot, it's worth considering joining the loyalty programs of premium hotels. They are a much smarter and more affordable move to get that presidential suite. Hotel loyalty programs allow you to use your points to book premium rooms or suites and allow you to upgrade paid stays! Read on to know about a few reward and loyalty programs...
9. Keep an eye out for deals and coupons
If you’re an occasional traveller, you might want to do away with loyalty programs and travel cards – and get some cool discounts and deals from discount websites such as booking.com, agoda.com, Expedia, Yatra, Trivago (yeah, the one with *that* guy!) and Cleartip. If you check them out regularly, you might find rock-bottom prices for hotel packages.
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