Before we jump into how to get the best hotel deals, something needs to be said.

I’m NOT a fan of being cheap.

Of course, I love a good deal, and I firmly believe in budgets.

However, a big difference exists between being price-conscious and choosing the cheapest hotel room.

So, with that out of the way, here are my top hotel hacks for elevating your travel experience and securing great deals without compromising on quality.

1. Don’t Nickel and Dime. Always Consider The Value.

I get it.

When choosing a hotel, a lower nightly rate always seems attractive.

…At first.

But the extra couple of dollars trump a bare-bones option when considering amenities, services, and the hotel’s location.

Think about it this way.

By paying a little extra to stay in a centrally located hotel, it’s more convenient. You’ll spend less time commuting from point A to B and have more room to squeeze in a few extra spots in your itinerary. 

Then there’s the food.

 It’s always a good idea to book a hotel that includes a decent breakfast. It saves you time and money and nips decision fatigue in the bud.

2. Book Direct. Forever and Always.

The golden rule for savvy travelers?

Book directly through the hotel’s website.

While you may come across lower rates on third-party booking sites, booking with the hotel has its advantages.

  1. You’ll have more flexibility when it comes to changes or cancellations. Some third-party websites have stricter policies that make adjustments to your reservation a hassle. 
  2.  Hotels offer special promotions and loyalty rewards when you book direct. These can include discounts, complimentary upgrades, or free amenities like breakfast or parking.

3. Sign Up and Use Loyalty & Rewards Programs

Travel often for work or leisure?

Then, it’s worth signing up for rewards programs and getting the most from your loyalty points.

You can scoop up a wide range of benefits like discounts on rates, early check-in or late check-out, and even room upgrades.

Once you have enough points, you can redeem them for a free stay or other perks.

Psst…Keep an eye on promotions to earn double points or boost your status to unlock more benefits.

4. Negotiate Your Rate

Bet you didn’t know you can haggle the price of your hotel room.

It doesn’t always work, but if you research first, call the hotel and start negotiations with the reservation team.

Politely ask to match or beat the price you found on XYZ site, and you might save money on your nightly rate.

Or if the hotel won’t budge on the price, the reservations manager might throw in extra perks to sweeten the deal.

5. Want That Upgrade? Be Direct and Ask for It.

Another Tuesday in Aruba

Celebrating a special occasion is the best way to score a free room upgrade.

Got a birthday or anniversary coming up? Let the hotel staff know!

Hotel staff often appreciate when guests share their special moments and are more likely to accommodate your request if they have availability.

…But what happens if it’s just another Tuesday in Aruba? 

Don’t be shy. When you check in at the hotel, politely inquire about any available room upgrades.

As the saying goes, “closed mouths don’t get fed.”

6. Timing Matters.

When you book your hotel room is key. It impacts the deals and upgrades available to you.

When it’s off-peak season or mid-week, you can score big discounts on rates and have a much higher chance of landing a room upgrade.


Hotel occupancy is low, making it easier for the staff to bump up your reservation.

Another pro tip: Book your room a few months before your travel date. If you leave it last minute, you limit your options, and prices are much higher. On the flip side, booking too far in advance can also lead to higher rates.

7. Use Social Media to Your Advantage.

Have you got a favorite hotel brand like Marriot or the Westin?

Follow on social media and turn your post notifications on.

It will make keeping an eye out for exclusive promotions, flash sales and special offers much easier and help you scoop up the best hotel deals.

The same rule applies to email lists.

…Especially with Black Friday around the corner.

8. Book Package Deals.

Booking a hotel as part of a package deal can be a smart way to save money and enjoy extra benefits. 

The hotel brand or travel agencies sometimes offer bundle deals, which include flights, accommodation, and other perks like airport transfers or spa treatments.

These packages can provide major savings when comparing booking each separately and are always worth it.

Start Hacking Your Next Vacation

I will die on this hill.

Getting the best hotel deals is not about being cheap. It’s about being smart and strategic with your purchases.

When you leverage loyalty points to your advantage, opt for package deals over individual bookings, and book direct, you can enjoy a luxurious stay without breaking the bank.

So, go ahead and plan your next trip and get the most bang for your buck when it comes to hotels. 

Happy travels!