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4 Travel Tips to Snag the Best Hotel Price

January 5th, 2014

Finding the best hotel price is on so many travelers’ minds these days.

According to the Tourico Holidays and Last Minute Travel Club Global Travel Trends Report, price (39%) is the most important decision factor when booking a hotel, followed by promotions (18%) and location (18%).

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The report also found that 57% of people book their hotels based on a price-related factor, and 75% have a hotel budget of $150 or less per night.

Are you one of these budget-conscious travelers? Knowing where and how to look online can greatly improve the odds of finding the best hotel rates available. Follow the below tips to find the best hotel bargains:

1. Be Flexible with Travel Dates

Hotel rates can vary based on time of year, day of the week and vacancy. If your calendar permits a bit of flexibility, try looking for hotels during slower, less popular seasons. Keep in mind that weekdays like Mondays and Tuesdays tend to be available more often at cheaper rates than Fridays or Saturdays. Note: This is not a hard-and-fast rule, but it seems to be the trend with most hotels.

2. Book by Price, Not Brand

The hotel brand no longer seems to matter to travelers. Only 4% cited it as the most important decision factor when booking a hotel.

If you are like the 75% of respondents who said price, promotions and location are the three most important deciding factors to booking, then you may want to consider shopping for an opaque hotel deal. While you won’t know what specific hotel you are staying in until it’s booked and paid for, you will get a lower price, and can compare locations and star-ratings.

3. Sign Up for Club Memberships

Travel club memberships, such as Last Minute Travel’s LMT Club, can save you a considerable amount of money. Most club memberships offer exclusive hotel rates and a discounted percentage off the original cost.

Just be cautious of travel clubs that are not attached to a reputable travel company. Do your homework, and research all club membership offers before signing up.

(Want to give it a try? Use the promo code TRAVELTRENDS for a free year’s membership to LMT Club (a $49 value), and start saving! Register here.)

4. Consider Package Deals

Even if you originally did not consider pairing a hotel with a flight or a rental car, some package deals offer better discounts than what you would get by booking them separately. Shop around and keep a calculated tab of what each option would cost.

Once you’ve compiled information from a few different package deals, compare and contrast. You may just find that you can save some money and not compromise quality.

To read the full Global Travel Trends Report that provides insights from more than 2,600 survey respondents on preferred vacation types, booking preferences, hotel selection criteria and more, click here.

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Take our Travel Survey for a Free Club Membership!

August 21st, 2013

Help us develop an exclusive industry report by sharing your travel preferences in a short Survey.

We’ll use your responses to create a valuable resource for the travel community. The report will highlight consumer travel insights, trends and preferences.

In appreciation for your input, you’ll receive a free membership to the Last Minute Travel Club (http://www.LMTClub.com) ($50 value). This members-only travel club provides special savings of up to 55% on hotel bookings made through the site, and great discounts on activities, attractions, cruises, cars and flights.

We’ll also send you a free copy of the report when it’s complete in early fall 2013.
The Survey itself is multiple choice and only takes five minutes to complete.

We’d love your insight, as findings will ultimately help us better serve you in the future. Thanks in advance for your participation, and happy travels.

Take our survey now!

Note: Data will be compiled in aggregate for the report; no individual responses will be shared..

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