Whether you’re planning a winter getaway to Quebec or a summer family vacation to Toronto, Vancouver, or Calgary, no one wants to pay any more than necessary for a place to stay. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help insure that you don’t pay any more than you have to.
Ways to save on hotel rates
1. Consider the package deals. If you’re flying to your destination, it’s a good idea to compare the airline vacation package rate to the individual price of the flight and hotel. Most airlines, including Air Canada, offer such packages that include the flights, the hotel, hotel tax and usually one other component like a sightseeing tour or a rental car. If you just call to inquire about flights, you generally won’t be offered the package rate; you’ll have to ask. One other thing to keep in mind is that such packages usually require that you pay for your accommodations in advance, typically 45 to 60 days prior to your departure.
2. Book early. Contrary to popular opinion, often the best hotel deals go to those who plan well in advance of their departure date. Like airlines, hotel companies like to know early that they are going to have a full hotel. It makes upper management and shareholders happy. To that end, they often offer deeply discounted rates when you book early. Sometimes, you’ll have to pre-pay in order to get these rates.
3. Ask one last time at the front desk. While the person you talk to at the toll-free reservation center has rigid guidelines to follow about price, the clerk at the hotel front desk has a little more flexibility, especially if the hotel is half empty and you are debating whether to spend one night at that hotel or another one. It never hurts to ask one last time whether you are paying the lowest rate possible.
4. Don’t ignore the bidding sites. While bidding sites often don’t disclose the name of the hotel until you pay for your hotel stay, such websites do offer some attractive rates. Also, since they tell you the star rating and the location of the hotel, it’s often easy to tell which property they are offering just with that simple description.
Getting an affordable rate at a hotel, one like Burnside Hotel, isn’t an impossible feat. Amaze your traveling friends and save money by booking early, being tenacious, and by considering vacation packages as well as the individual hotel rate.