Tips to finding the best hotel bargain

Tips to finding the best hotel bargain
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Other than air fares, accommodations can easily take up a significant portion of our travel budget.

Though there may be many hotel alternatives around, you or your travel buddy might not be open to the idea to couchsurfing or living in someone else's home.

So how do you beat the high costs of hotels and save some bucks?

Booking in advance can sometimes get you early bird discounts and greater availability of the room choices.

If you are not particular, select the standard size rooms as they are the most affordable.

When you are ready to book, price comparison site HotelsCombined.com suggests visiting the hotel's website to find out if there are any discounts if you book via their website, mobile apps or calling their reservation agent as they may feature deals on different platforms.

Travellers can also research on the hotel's loyalty programme and see if it is worthwhile to become a member, according to travel resource site Tripbase.com.

For some hotels, they offer sign-on discounts or perks such as upgrades of the room or massages at the in-house spa.

These programmes are usually free to join and offer benefits for future stays.

For some hotels, you may opt out of breakfast meals at the hotel - this may save you some dollars, according to Tripbase.com.

If you are visiting Asia, the eateries are usually affordable so having a continental breakfast at the hotel can seem like a wasted opportunity to try the local food.

However, if you are in Sweden or Switzerland, eating out is expensive so if the hotel offers free breakfast, it might be a good idea to eat in.

Forget about telling white lies to get room upgrades or last-minute bookings, find out the ways you can score a hotel bargain in the gallery below.

wjeanne@sph.com.sg

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