It’s soon time for a week off or maybe two,….don’t panic we aren’t going anywhere! We just thought that in times like this now, it would be great to know some tricks on how to save up some money; especially for those of us who don’t really know how to budget money in the first place. We focused especially on the Hotels since this is usually the highest rank price when it comes to holidays.
So here are a few tricks, which we find handy:
1. The 1-800 reservations number will probably send you to a central office with set rates. If you call the hotel directly instead, you can negotiate.
2. Hotels can pay a commission of up to 30 percent to online booking sites. So offer me 20 percent less than the online price, and we both come out ahead.
3. Independently owned hotels are far more likely to give you a discount. Some chains balk at dropping the rate.
4. If you show up at 11 a.m. and check-in time is 2 p.m., please don’t be upset if your room isn’t ready. I can’t make the housekeepers go any faster. And you don’t want them to rush.
6. Some concierges get kickbacks for sending you to pricey tourist traps. If you want an unbiased recommendation, ask me.
7. Sometimes my boss makes me lie, like when the elevator’s not working and I tell you someone is coming to fix it soon. I know it won’t be fixed until Monday, because the manager doesn’t want to pay the repairman’s weekend rate.
8. Don’t call between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with a special request. Chances are I’ll have a long line of guests waiting to check out or in and will just want to get you off the phone.
9. My official job description: errand runner, toilet plunger, bow-tie tier, towel deliverer, and chef (that free continental breakfast doesn’t appear from above). I’ve also sprinkled rooms with rose petals and dealt with dead bodies. All for about $10 an hour.
10. The most important I learned while traveling around is that if you want to stay in first-rate hotels but pay a lot less, go for an unnamed hotel at a super-hot discount price. All you do is specify the star level and your particulars to see what comes up. Hotels do this to get rid of unused rooms without cannibalizing their usual customer base, who’d either get annoyed or book the super-cheap deals themselves. This is also known as the anonymous/secret/mystery hotel booking program, which really saves up a lot of money! Do try it!