No matter if you’re someone who likes to sleep in five-star resorts or homestays, everyone loves a great deal. At Skyscanner Australia, we’ll show you how to save money on hotel costs so that you have more money to spend on delicious food and the new clothes you’ll need after putting on those holiday kilos.
- Travel in the shoulder or low season
- Book in advance
- Check last minute deals
- Use Skyscanner to compare prices
- Book directly with the hotel
- Make the most of any travel rewards programs
- Stay midweek
- Stick to one hotel
- Watch out for extras
- Request a room upgrade
1. Travel in the shoulder or low season
Summers and public holidays are the most expensive times to travel. Hotels raise their rates knowing that travellers will have little choice but to pay their prices, as accommodation options are often limited. The weather is often just as good as the high season, and all the sites you want to see will likely still be open.
During the shoulder and low season, hotels often drop their rates by 20% or more. You’re also more likely to get free upgrades, and special treatment.
2. Book in advance
In big cities that are known for tourism, it’s best to book your hotel stay at least one week or more in advance. Most hotels know that those who book at the last minute are desperate and willing to pay higher prices. If you’re travelling during a large festival or holiday, you may want to book at least one month in advance to secure the best-value stays.
3. …But check last-minute deals
Though it’s contrary to the point above, you can sometimes find decent last-minute deals one or two days before your trip. While somewhat rare, many hotels will drop prices to fill rooms. This is common in budget hotels, where a luxury brand’s reputation won’t be damaged by slashing prices.
4. Use Skyscanner to compare prices
Then, enter the destination, dates of travel, and click “Search hotels.”
You can easily sort hotel room prices by price, star rating, guest rating, guest type, and many other features like whether it has wifi, parking, a pool, air conditioning, a restaurant, and much more. If you want something specific, we’ve got you covered.
If location is important to you, check the hotel’s location on our map.
5. Book directly with the hotel
Many hotels offer price guarantees, and will price-match or even beat rates found on hotel booking websites.
6. Make the most of travel rewards programs
One of the best ways to grab a hotel deal is to join a hotel rewards program. Members typically receive sale rates a few days before the general public, and are often given a special discount on hotel rooms that aren’t on sale. By being a rewards club member, you’ll also get many perks like free upgrades, wifi, breakfast, late check-out, and spa treatments depending on your membership level.
Read: The Best Hotel Loyalty Programs for Australian Travellers
7. Stay midweek
Choose dates that are mid-week rather than the weekends, as this is when hotel rates tend to be highest — especially in areas that are close to major cities. Mid-week rates are often much lower and you’ll have less competition when it comes to nabbing a poolside lounge chair.
8. Stick to one hotel instead of hotel hopping
In many parts of the world, hotels offer incentives to those who choose to stay at their hotel rather than hop around. For example, resorts like the Pearl, Vomo Island Resort, and Mantaray Island Resort in Fiji offer free nights at the hotel if you stay a minimum of three nights or more.
This can help you save hundreds of dollars if you plan to be in one spot for more than a few nights. The best part is, once a hotel offers this type of deal, it’s common for others nearby to offer the same one.
9. Watch out for extras
A hotel may look like a great deal when you first see the base price that simply covers your stay. However, be sure to account for any extras that are a must-have for you — such as wifi connection, gym access, or breakfast — and factor these costs into the “deal.” If a similar hotel has a higher price but includes extras that you’d purchase anyways, it may be a great deal.
10. Request a room upgrade
If you’re travelling during the low season or during a time where resorts aren’t sold you, there’s a high chance you’ll be able to get a free room upgrade if you simply ask upon check-in. Many hotels have an incentive to upgrade guests because it rarely is more work to clean and increases the chances that their guests may return the next time they’re in town.