How to Get the Best Hotel Deals
Travelers may be surprised to learn that almost every website offering hotel deals provides the same price! Why? It’s all because of an issue called “rate parity,” which Eye for Travel defines as, “maintaining consistent rates for the same product in all online distribution channels – Expedia, Orbitz, Hotwire, etc. – regardless of what commission the OTA makes.”
So, what makes HotelCoupons.com different? Well, since the rates on HotelCoupons.com are walk-in-only coupon rates and not able to be booked online, hotels are able to set their HotelCoupons.com rates lower than they do on other major travel websites.
The steps to finding the cheapest hotel rooms are simple.
- Browse the HotelCoupons.com website or coupon book
- Select a few hotel coupons that are appealing to you
- Call the hotel when you’re on your way to check availability
- Show the hotel coupon at the hotel front desk when you check in
Although HotelCoupons.com may not be right for travelers who like to book their reservation far in advance, there is no cheaper way to find a hotel room!
How Hotels Set Rates
You may notice that some of the coupons have higher rates for weekends or that you can’t redeem many coupons on holidays. That’s because hotels set their rates based on a number of factors to predict how much they can fairly charge for a room in their market based on demand. A nightly hotel rate is based on:
- If there are local events that might drive more traffic
- Comparing booking trends from previous years
- How much interest they’re receiving from website searches and calls
- Checking what the competition is charging.
When a hotel advertises with HotelCoupons, they set aside a specific number of rooms that will likely go un-used, based on the anticipated demand. In general, during a high-demand period like on weekends, holidays and high-traffic seasons, hotels can expect few vacancies, so the coupon rate rooms may not be available or can be set at a higher price.
However, every hotel isn’t the same. While you can expect to pay more on a weekend, there are destinations where abundant business travel can cause single-bed room weeknights to be a high-demand time. A holiday may be more widely celebrated in one part of the country, and this may not affect the pricing or availability of hotels in another area. At the end of the day, it’s always best to call a hotel to find out about the current daily rate and to ask if they have rooms available at the HotelCoupons rate.