The Real Deal: Tips to save when booking a hotel room this holiday season
After two years of travel restrictions and lockdowns, more people may be flying and hitting the roads this holiday season. Industry reports say hotel rates will jump so the time to book your room is now.
News 12's consumer reporter Janice Lieberman has The Real Deal on how you can save if you need to book a hotel room:
Google has become famous for tracking flight prices, but you can now track prices at hotels as well.
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Clint Henderson, the managing editor at The Points Guy, says setting an alert for the location you want to visit can help you score the best price.
"You can get alerted when a hotel price drops substantially or goes up substantially," Henderson says.
Hotel resort fees add to your final bill.
"Sometimes calling the hotel is your best option, and you can find all sorts of interesting deals that way," he says.
And while planning in advance is usually your best bet, sometimes waiting can save you more.
"The rates you see on the hotel website are generally as good as the third party booking engines. The exception to that rule is last minute booking, so sometimes they'll open up inventory last minute that they wouldn't normally and you can get deals," Henderson says.
Try to be flexible when it comes to booking your hotel.
If you find a better deal, see if you can cancel - but check cancellation fees.
Sign up for your favorite hotel loyalty program or social media account to get the latest deals and offers.
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