a) Booking Date:
Try to be flexible with your trip planning. Do research and try to look for seasonal discounts for where you want to travel. Then you start planning your trip that fits that time window. This would be a major money-saver if you do it right. An extra benefit of placing a reservation during the off-season is less rush and less time spent standing in lines.
b) Hidden Fees:
Look out for hidden fees that a lot of hotels like to sneak up on their customers. Some hotels add costs such as taxes and card fees after charging you the price of the hotel room. Always be sure that you’ve asked about all the charges before moving forward with your hotel booking.
c) Free Amenities:
When making a reservation for a hotel room, don’t just look for the lowest price because it may actually not be the cheapest option. A good option would be one that does not include a lot of extra charges for things like wi-fi, dinner, TV, etc. The price should include amenities like free breakfast, coffee, shuttle service, a swimming pool, and exercise room, all of which can result in big savings on your travel. So make sure you check with the hotel about all of these things before you go forward with booking the hotel room.
d) Book in Bundles:
Holiday package deals are an excellent option for people intending to stay in popular tourist destinations. Try seeking a holiday package that includes the airline fee, hotel accommodation, etc. There’s a very good chance that this will save you more money compared to booking everything separately. Also, companies sometimes include extra freebies as a way of saying thank you for booking a package.
e) Stay in the Middle of the Week:
Weekends are typically the busiest time for hotels – and as a result, the most expensive too. If possible, be flexible with the booking date and take a holiday during the week rather than on weekends.
As mentioned before is it vital important to confirm all arrangements a) in writing and b) confirm that both parties agree and received the communication. Tips in confirming these arrangements in writing:
1. Make sure the dates are correct.
2. Address and contact detail.
3. Payment terms.
4. Check-in and check-out times.
5. Additional cost (refreshments and order in).
6. Make sure the number of room and people staying over.
7. Smokers or NON-Smoker rooms.
8. Breakfast, lunch or dinner included.
9. Parking arrangements.
10. Air-conditioned?
11. Catering requirements.