getaroom.com President and travel expert Bob Diener shared loads of money-saving travel tips, trends and deals on Sonoron Living Live, which is aired on ABC15-TV in Phoenix.
To get the most bang for their buck, Bob recommends that travelers book in advance. Unlike last year when travelers could wait until the last minute to book at the lowest room rates, hotel rates in destinations including New York, Miami and Washington D.C. are now shooting up closer to check-in. If at all possible, plan your stay for early in the week. Hotel rooms are generally more expensive on Friday and Saturday than they are Sunday through Thursday; plus, Bob adds that many properties offer free-night stays when travelers book a minimum number of room nights.
If you think the rates on the website are cheap, you might be able to lock in even cheaper ones via the phone. By calling the call center at 800-HOTELS 8 (800-468-3578), travelers gain access to unpublished rates typically 10-25% less than those listed on getaroom.com and other travel websites.
In case you didn’t know, the Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas, is also one of the world’s top bargain destinations. If you’re traveling on a budget, you’ll be hard-pressed to find cheaper rates than those currently offered at many Las Vegas hotels. Luxury Suites at The Signature at MGM Grand, a 5 star property in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, has rooms starting at $92/night. Other Strip hotels including the Sahara Hotel and Casino and Tropicana Las Vegas combine rousing casino action with a wealth of dining and entertainment options for under $30/night.
Bob also highlighted three exceptional hotels on the west coast: the recently renovated Radisson LA Westside Hotel in Culver City, the historic Westin St. Francis in the heart of San Francisco on Union Square, and Cova Hotel, a downtown San Francisco hotel that offers free breakfast and complimentary transportation to Union Square and the Moscone Center.
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