August 19, 2015

August 19, 2015
10 Tips for Scoring Great Hotel Deals

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Wednesday and we have almost made it through the middle of another work week. I hope you are having a beary safe and great week so far while Dab the AIDS Bear is off with the Army.

Dab the AIDS Bear and I have traveled around the world speaking at event. Most of the time we end up staying at hotels. So today I thought I would blog about ten tips for scoring great hotel deals.

1. Look Behind that Big Discount

If you've scored what seems like a fantastic rate, call the hotel to see what exactly is included. Like airlines, hotels have started "unbundling" services: You may find yourself paying extra for the pool, the gym, WiFi or even an ironing board.

2. Bargain for Savings and Extras

Always call the hotel for a lower rate than you've found online. Ask about current promotions and sales. And if certain amenities aren't include, ask to get them for free: breakfast, internet, parking and use of the workout facilities.

3. Use Membership Rewards

You may be entitled to a discount if you're a member of AARP, AAA or other professional group such as the American Bar Association. Your employer may also provide travel discounts. Coupons may further reduce rates. Check for them on websites like

4. The Truth about Loyalty Programs

Before you join a program, make sure it matches your travel style and offers the sort of things you want. Some programs award points that could count toward future free night. Others empathizes extra amenities or upgrades.

5. Be Careful with Auction Sites

If you get a great rate on an auction site, don't accept it without investigating the location of the hotel and checking reviews. These sites offer some of the steepest discounts , but it's often for hotels that might be less attractive - in an iffy neighborhood, undergoing construction or maybe even listed on a bedbug registry.

6. Consider a Refundable Rate

They're usually higher, but when you apply a membership or other discount, the higher rate may come down closer to the nonrefundable rate. Plus refundable-rate rooms are often nicer and may include extras like breakfast and parking bringing the total cost of your stay down further.

7. Make Sure You Get the Real Price Guarantee

If you get a "real price guarantee" with a major booking site like Expedia or Orbitz, keep checking rates for 24 hours after you've reserved. If you find a better rate - and you may well - the site will generally refund the difference and may also offer savings or rewards for future travel.

8. When You Don't Have Time for Comparison Shopping

Book a refundable rate trouble and pay when you book. Afterwards, the sites checks rates continuously. If the rate goes down, Tingo automatically refunds the difference to your credit card shortly after your stay.

9. If You're Going Solo, Try Independent Hotels

Most hotel chains base their rates on the assumption that two guests will stay. Smaller hotels, on the other hand, are more likely to sell rooms aimed at solo travelers or negotiate on the nightly rate if you are alone.

10. Don't Use US-based Travel Sites for International Bookings

You'll just find the same chains you'll find in the US. has a hotel search tool that is especially strong for international listings. Also try and

Hope you have a beary safe and great Wednesday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab