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Now a days, it is a
commonsense that best hotel deals are found on the Internet. The Internet
has brought the whole world to our home, our desktop. We can go to http://www.Orbitz.com
or http://www.expedia.com, and there
are numerous travel deal search engines and local websites for the area
you are looking hotel rooms for our next travel. There are new travel
websites/travel search engines popping up every now and then.
Look Beyond Travel Web
Sites Major online travel sources, such as Travelocity, Expedia, Hotwire
and Orbitz, all boast about letting you in on the cheapest fares. The
truth is they only show the lowest fares among the vendors that opt to
be included on their Web sites. Some hotels and airlines have never paid
to be on these sites. Furthermore, some that used to pay to be listed
on these sites are no longer doing so, because they are using that money
elsewhere -- like to advertise their own Web sites.
Now here is a surprise
for you! To find best hotel deals, get back to the old age- calling
the hotel directly! Sounds stupid and old-fashioned, right? In the
next 2 minutes I will show you what is really the best/optimum way to
book hotel rooms for your next trip.
* On the Internet,
to get the best deal, you have to go to numerous travel websites to find
out who offers the best rates. This takes time, and time is money, isn’t
* Also the deals on a specific site keep changing so in order to make
sure you are getting the best deal, you have to go to that website (s)
on multiple days and at multiple times.
* Plus, talking to a real person is much better than browsing IMHO.
So here are my trick:
- Do a quick 5-minute
search on http://www.Orbitz.com
or http://www.expedia.com to select
the hotel and find the lowest rate you are getting for your target dates.
Let us say you found a rate of $129 per night.
- Find the the direct
phone number of the hotel ( it is vary easy to find it on Google or
Yahoo with “Hotel Name, zip code” to find the hotel website).
- Now call the hotel
directly and ask for reservation specialist. Tell her, ”Hi! I am looking
for a hotel room in your city and I remember having seen a great price
of 89$ for a room on some travel website I guess Expedia.com when I
was searching 2 days ago. I am wondering if you can match the price
and I would be happy to book my room right now. Your hotel will save
the commission to this expedia.com or orbitz or likes, and I would save
the hassle of finding that price on those websites again.”
- Most probably, the
hotel’s sales-rep on the other hand will accept your offer. They do
have variety of deals in their system that we are mostly unaware of.
If he or she is not able to find that deal, ask him/her, what is the
best she can do for you. Most probably, you would be offered the rock-bottom
price that you would hardly find yourself on the Internet.
- If it didn’t work
out, give a call, preferably after 8 hours, so hopefully, you have another
friendly person doing this job.
This is my 10 minute
secret of booking hotel rooms in matured-Internet age! What do you think?
Please share your comments, and ideas. After all, best deals are fun,
and make us feel smart! Enjoy.
Here is a trick to get
a nice upgrade for $20! People say this trick works well in "Las
Vegas hotels" particularly. If your going to Vegas and you want a
pimp room for a cheap price use the $20 tip trick. There are different
methods of doing it, but the most common is to place a 20 between the
credit card and license during check in, and be really nice to the clerk.
Here is a link that talks about it and gives percentages of success for
trick to get best rooms in Las Vegas hotels
I've heard that you
can get a comped room simply by asking the front desk to hold a $10,000
cashier's check in their safe for you. You don't even have to cash the
check. Get the comped room and return the check to your bank after the
trip. (Read on Fatwallet.com thread)
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