Booking a hotel for your travels can be tricky – you want to stay somewhere nice, but you also don’t want to end up spending more money than you have to. Luckily, there are many great tricks that you can use to find the cheapest or best value hotel rooms online, without having to spend all of your money. It is all about having the right timing and being very savvy with your online searches. Here’s when you should book a hotel to get the best prices.
Book as soon as possible.
Generally, hotel prices will only keep going up the longer you wait, so as soon as you get the idea to take a trip, you should book a hotel. The only time when prices will go down is in the last few days before the booking (more on that and how you can use it to your advantage in a moment). If you know you will have to travel sometime in the next year, start your search before you are even eligible to make the booking, and then book as soon as you can.
Find out what is going on in the area and plan around it.
If you have flexible travel plans and it doesn’t matter much when you go, do some research into the area you are traveling to and the events that are happening there. Obviously, certain areas of the world are more crowded during the summer or winter months because of weather, and holiday vacation weekends are usually more expensive as well. However, it can also be very expensive to book a hotel if there is a big convention or show going on in the city that weekend. Avoiding these big event weekends can actually save you a huge amount of money when it comes to booking a hotel.
Compare travel sites.
If you aren’t able to book a hotel well in advance, but you still need to travel, there are a few things you can do to still save some money. Compare pricing for the hotels for a few different dates on popular travel sites like Expedia or Kayak, and look at last minute booking sites like Hotel Tonight. You’ll have to do some searching, but you may be able to find a high-quality hotel for a very low price.
Overall, being flexible with your travel plans and researching your specific destination is the best way to find the cheapest hotel booking dates.