5 Hotel Booking Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making

Audrey Fairbrother
June 5, 2013
5 Hotel Booking Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making

Finding hotels at a reasonable price can be tough. With hundreds of travel sites to choose from, it's difficult to know where to start.And if you're not careful you'll pay more than you need to for your next hotel stay.Here's a list of mistakes you should avoid.

1. Forgetting to ask about discounts at checkout

Many hotels offer discounts to AAA members, students, alumni, senior citizens, military personnel etc. Ask if they offer these discounts before you book. You could save 10% or more by taking advantage of these deals.

2. Booking during peak season

Booking in the off season can save you up to 50%. Hotels offer better rates when there's space to fill. It’s a win/win for both of you.

3. Not doing your research

Travel site descriptions are not always accurate. Disclaimers on these sites say “may include inaccuracies”. It’s always good to read the reviews to make sure you get what you expect.

4. Paying “additional fees”

Some hotels sneak fees in wherever they can and before you know it you’re paying twenty bucks for pool towels. So, next time you wake up weak and dehydrated from last night’s festivities, beware of the $15 chilled water bottle taunting your headache.

5. Overpaying for your hotel room

Most people book with Kayak, Expedia, or Priceline, but did you know that branching out can save you money? Hotel Engine has the same prices as these other major sites, but with our rewards program, you can save on every booking. Sign up today and start saving on hotels.

Article written by
Audrey Fairbrother

Audrey Fairbrother is the Content and SEO Manager at Hotel Engine. She spends her days writing about all things business travel, researching topics that are important to Hotel Engine's audience and cultivating the company's brand voice.

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