1. Comparison ShopDid you know that the rates offered through a hotel's website, 1-800 number and local desk can vary? It's true – and it's not always by a small amount, either. To make this work in your favor, check all three sources; and then go with whichever one offers you the best deal.
2. Book EarlyYou've heard the expression, "the early bird gets the worm," and it certainly applies to hotel travel. Get in the habit of booking your room as soon as you've finalized your travel plans, and you'll enjoy more room options and the best rates possible.
3. Seek Hotel FreebiesWhen it comes to booking a hotel, the lowest price isn't always the best deal – particularly if that price doesn't include a lot of extras. Amenities like free continental breakfast, in-room coffee, shuttle service and an on-site pool and workout center can add up to big vacation savings – even if you have to pay a bit more to get them.
4. Go Off-Peak
Flexible travel plans are affordable travel plans. Do a little research to find out when the off-season is for the area that you intend to visit. Then, make sure your reservations fall within this time frame. The benefit? Lower rates and less crowds too!