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Expedia's Biggest Sale Ever! And Other Deal-Searching Tips

Expedia's Biggest Sale Ever! And Other Deal-Searching Tips

I'll get this off my chest: Expedia is offering up to 50 percent off on minimum four-night stays at more than 125 hotels. You must book by Sept. 2 for travel by Sept. 30, so if you have a trip planned but haven't reserved rooms yet go get your hotel stay at half off! Not traveling before September's end? Here are some tips on finding the best deals from industry gurus and experienced travelers.

  • Before booking a flight, compare baseline fares at your favorite travel site like Orbitz, Expedia, or Travlocity. Then, if you're a frequent flier on a particular carrier, reference your preferred carrier's website. If you're not sure you've found the best deal, search the other fare comparison sites you haven't yet visited.
  • Use travel sites to find the cheapest hotel fares, but don't book until you've called the hotel directly and attempt to get an even better deal.
  • Invest time in searching for the best deals and pay attention to the unique perks of each travel site. For example, the Price Assurance program on Orbitz reimburses a customer for the difference in her ticket if another traveler paid less for the same flight.

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bransugar79 bransugar79 7 years
oh and psterling I don't think anyone should feel guilty for trying to get a good deal I just think people should do their research before they book and decide which option suits them best. Try getting about 50 calls a day with people trying to contsantly haggle for as little as $2 (sometimes even less) and see if it doesn't start to get a little irritating
bransugar79 bransugar79 7 years
lawchick I am aware that some hotels do this mainly to undercut the 3rd party and not have to pay fees, but in general if you are on a website like expedia or hotels.com or something the hotel has to sign a contract with the site that guarantees you will give them your lowest rate exclusive of negotiated group rates and things like that. Now if you are talking about a day when things are really slow then you might score a lower price by talking to a manger but honestly it may only be about $10 dollars. I still say call the hotel and say you found a good rate online. They will match the rate once it's verified and also it will save you the booking fee that some sites charge. Also if it's not a recognized website don't use it. There have been plenty of people who book on no name sites that they did not research who call our hotel checking on their reservations only to find out they have been scammed so be very careful. Also most of those sites are just portals to the bigger named sites anyway.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i think that it's a great thing ot use these 3rd party sites - but i actually got into a debate with a hotel yesterday about it. i booked a couple nights through a third party site- and then when i called the hotel to add my rewards number, i was told that since i used the other site, that i coudln't earn points. it was soo dumb since to me, i could stay anywhere, and just becuase 1)the site was cheaper and 2) the hotel site said that there were no rooms, i shouldn't get penalized. in the end i think that i managed to score points - but we'll see when i check into the hotel tonight. i do like the idea of getting GREAT hotel deals, but when it's a mininum of 4 nights right now - that's just something that i can't commit to.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i think that it's a great thing ot use these 3rd party sites - but i actually got into a debate with a hotel yesterday about it. i booked a couple nights through a third party site- and then when i called the hotel to add my rewards number, i was told that since i used the other site, that i coudln't earn points. it was soo dumb since to me, i could stay anywhere, and just becuase 1)the site was cheaper and 2) the hotel site said that there were no rooms, i shouldn't get penalized. in the end i think that i managed to score points - but we'll see when i check into the hotel tonight. i do like the idea of getting GREAT hotel deals, but when it's a mininum of 4 nights right now - that's just something that i can't commit to.
lawchick lawchick 7 years
thanks for the websites fauxtographic and psterling - I didn't know about either of those!
psterling psterling 7 years
oh! airfare tip: sign up for a yapta.com account. You tell them the flight you booked and the price and they'll notify you if the price drops and you're entitled to a refund (betcha didn't know you might be entitled to one, did ya?). It takes 2 seconds and it could save you a lot.
psterling psterling 7 years
I used to work at a hotel too and hands-down, these sites have better deals unless you work something out with a manager- but you'd have to give them a pretty compelling reason to do so. If people want to call though, they should without having to feel guilty about it!
fauxtographic fauxtographic 7 years
re: calling hotels directly, I can see your point bransugar, that must get super irritating! I'd call (and have called) in order just to find out "the current best rate" but I DO NOT see it as a method to 'haggle' a good price. there are managers specials at some places that go unadvertised for reasons like lawchick mentioned, but otherwise NO y'all, it's not a flea market :P one GREAT site I've been using lately to compare flights is airfarewatchdog.com. very useful, cusomizable emails and alerts are really helpful when trip planning. you can get a general list of lowest fares of the day from whichever "home airport(s)" you choose, or city-to-city alerts for deals too.
fauxtographic fauxtographic 7 years
re: calling hotels directly, I can see your point bransugar, that must get super irritating! I'd call (and have called) in order just to find out "the current best rate" but I DO NOT see it as a method to 'haggle' a good price. there are managers specials at some places that go unadvertised for reasons like lawchick mentioned, but otherwise NO y'all, it's not a flea market :P one GREAT site I've been using lately to compare flights is airfarewatchdog.com. very useful, cusomizable emails and alerts are really helpful when trip planning. you can get a general list of lowest fares of the day from whichever "home airport(s)" you choose, or city-to-city alerts for deals too.
lawchick lawchick 7 years
hmm, bransugar that is not true with all hotels. I have a close friend who works for W and they totally give better rates if someone calls and talks to a manager. he said that if the hotel doesn't expect to be full, they will discount some rooms to make some money rather than just missing out on customers.
bransugar79 bransugar79 7 years
Please stop calling hotels directly to get a better deal. I work in a hotel the rate you see on expedia orbitz travelocity whatever IS the best rate. Now if you want to help the hotel out callus directly we will match whatever price is on the web but stop tryiing to haggle it isn't going to get any lower, plu sthe person on the other end of the lin eis just going to get annoyed with how cheap you are being. So in short just pay the rates or not but don't keep trying to get a better and better deal because honestly you'll get "put on hold" and no one will ever come back
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