7 Money-Saving Travel Hacks For Booking Accommodation
Travelling has never been cheaper with these seven money saving hacks...
We've all been there... trying to book a holiday with £100 left in your overdraft and/or limiting yourself to one meal a day just so you can afford a ticket for the best parties and excursions and treat yourself to a cocktail or five.
If only you could save money right from booking your holiday in the first place, so you don't have to worry that you're going to run out of money on day three.
Dmitrijus Konovalovas from hotel price comparison website and app HotelsCombined.co.uk gave us his top tips to help travellers get the best deals when searching for holiday accommodation this season, plus some ways to optimise the savings upon arrival.
Beat the Tech
Timing is Everything
Booking 2-3 weeks in advance won’t get travellers the best rates as that’s when most people tend to book and there’s a good chance prices will be high. Savvy bookers get the best rates between 6-8 weeks in advance, especially if looking at somewhere popular like Ibiza.
Bikinis Vs Briefcases
Think about the ‘day role’. Business-focused hotels offer better deals for weekend stays, while leisure hotels are likely to be quiet during the working week.
Don’t Worry About Star Ratings
"Don’t be overly informed by hotel star ratings," said Konovalovas. "They often differ by location, and countries have different rating standards. While most four star hotels may offer similar service levels, the facilities on offer are often what determines the star status. If a traveller isn’t going to be spending their holiday in the hotel gym, using the business facilities or crèche, then they may be better off with a lower rated - but highly reviewed - property instead." Basically, don't worry about stars and just go for what suits you.
Flattery Will Get You Everywhere
Sometimes a hotel will give room upgrades if their property is mentioned on social media before or during a stay. Guests should ensure to use the appropriate social media handle so that the mention has the highest possibility of being noticed. Plus, a ‘best foot forward’ approach at check in is recommended as front desk staff are often able to change a guest’s room at their discretion.
Be Late to the Party
While travellers are often inclined to check in as early as possible to make the most of their hard earned money, checking in later in the day offers the highest opportunity for a room upgrade as hotel management has a better view of their room inventory as the day progresses.
Be A Boy Scout
With a little bit of preparation, frugal travellers can often make big savings on their holiday. Bottled water in the room is usually charged at a premium rate so guests should consider buying items such as water and snacks outside the hotel. Plus, many hotels offer a buffet breakfast option so travellers might consider making this their main meal of the day. By going down to breakfast as late as possible and eating really well guests may only need a light lunch, or may even skip it altogether.
Basically, eating 3 fry ups for breakfast at 11am when you're hungover is completely acceptable.