Today we’re going to be talking about accommodation hacks. We’re specifically going to be talking about the ways that I’ve learned over my years of travel and how to save and upgrade and get the best experience. When it comes to accommodations if you’re checking into a hotel and don’t have a reservation and you want to beat the line, but you also want to get there and have a room available for you.

Be Early

It’s good to get there between 4:45 and six o’clock right after the rooms have all been made up and are ready for people to check in. But also that’s before the rush where everyone else who’s Reserve is coming through when you’re checking in or if you’re at the hotel making a reservation ask the see all of the rooms available because sometimes larger rooms with bigger bed with more amenities are the same price as a room. That’s a little smaller. Maybe has two double beds instead of one king-size bed. One of my favorite apps when it comes to booking hotels last-minute is Hotels Tonight how it works is you put in the city where you want to stay and it lists the hotels that have room still available for that night.

Now, the longer you wait that day before you have to check in the better deal you’ll get so what happens is any hotels who have rooms that haven’t been booked that night will list the rooms that are still available and make them really cheap sometimes more than half the price as the normal rate because they want to fill those rooms. Third party sites are great for booking hotels because a lot of times you can get some deals right but there is a way of even getting a better deal. So how these third-party sites work is the hotel pays them a commission for advertising them on their site. So you find a hotel at the Hilton.

New York, let’s say for $350 on one of the third-party sites leave that window open and open up another window and go to the official website for that hotel for that Hilton and check to see what the rates are for that exact same room now say on the official site that same room you found on the third party site is $400. So that’s a fifty dollar difference.

Now before you do anything read the terms and conditions for booking on the official site and if there is like a certain time frame where you can cancel after booking you get all your money back say 24 hours 48 hours book the effect through the official website. So pay that $400 and I’ll tell you why most hotels have a Best Rate guarantee. So they’ll match the lower price that you found on the third party site and they’ll also give you extra perk so you could even get free breakfast. Sometimes you might even get an upgrade now. It turns out that they don’t have the best rate guarantee.

Check Out Airbnb Accommodations

Then you can always just cancel and get your money back and then booked through the third party site where hotel prices seem to be set Airbnb prices are flexible. You can actually contact the Airbnb owner and offer a lower rate. You can negotiate with them host want to make money. So if you’re booking the night before and they’re places available the most likely give you a discount if you want a luxurious five-star experience, but you don’t have the budget to pack it up stay at destinations where your money goes a longer way places like Vietnam or Thailand India Belize where you can stay in a five-star hotel for the same price as if you’re staying in Paris France at a 1 star 2 star hotel vacation rentals are great. Especially if you’re a family or you’re on holidays with your friends then getting a vacation rental. You can sometimes save 50% of what you would pay at a hotel or resort.

Tips To Help You Save More

A lot of the times these vacation rentals have pools and they have a full kitchen so you can cook and save money that way and it feels like a home away from home. Which I always prefer when I’m traveling. There are also ways to stay for free using websites like Hospitality Club Global freeloaders and couch surfing bring an HDMI cable with you. So you can hook up your computer to the TV in your hotel and get Netflix. So you don’t have to pay for any movies through the hotel. You can just have access to your Netflix account on the big screen laundry and hotels cost a billion dollars. Maybe not that much money, but paying five dollars per one sock to be washed.

Yeah. So what I do is I wash my clothes in the tub or the shower or if you have a Jacuzzi it’s the best because you just put all of your clothes in there with some water a little bit of soap turn on the Jacuzzi and it works like a washing machine. It’s incredible. And if you have a heated towel rack, you can use that to dry your clothes. If you’re staying in a hotel hostel guest house doesn’t matter and you’re having a room party and you want to turn it up. Don’t have a Bluetooth speaker but you have a cell phone? Well, get a glass or a vase or an empty water jug and put your phone inside of it turn on the music first, of course and it will increase the phone’s volume. You don’t believe me go try right now and you’ll hear a difference work for your stay many hostels will allow you to stay there if you are working there and you can negotiate the amount of hours, but it’s a pretty sweet deal house-sitting.

It’s a great way to not just a for free but to really immerse yourself in the culture because you’ll be living in a neighborhood surrounded by locals. There are several different house-sitting websites and I’ll leave a link to those in the description box below wolf Fang you’re working on a farm in exchange for accommodations. It’s a great way to live and work and gain new skills. And there’s so many different locations. You can do it around the world get an AA membership, even if you don’t own a car because it will give you discounts on hotels all around the world as well as more flexibility when booking and late cancellations, there are Hotel. Words card. So you’re basically spending money as you normally would do on a daily basis, but you’re racking up points. So you can do use for hotel rooms.

If you’re staying at any type of accommodation for a long period of time you can always negotiate or try to negotiate a cheaper rate because you’re staying longer even if the hotel will give you an upgrade. If you are celebrating a special occasion like a honeymoon or a birthday or an anniversary let the hotel know because a lot of the times most of the times they will have something special. She’ll for you some of the treats they may offer is decorating your room and leaving you something special in there.

Sometimes a bottle of champagne and they also offer sometimes dinner for two for free at the hotel restaurant.

They might offer an hour massage at the spa. There’s a lot of perks just because you’re celebrating a special day and they want to help you have the best day possible dedicate yourself to one hotel chain and you can get Elite status which gives you free upgrades free stays free. Fierce and a lot of other perks if the hotel is charging for Wi-Fi, which is very common.

Checking Out Reviews Online

Tell them that you will give them a review a good review on TripAdvisor in exchange for free Wi-Fi.

Sometimes you just got to bribe and sometimes it works if you want an upgrade ask for it. Sometimes they will do it check sites like Yelp and Foursquare for the hotel you’re staying in and many times other people who stay there. We’ll leave the password for the Wi-Fi for you if you’re In a new place and you’re looking for things to see things to do places to eat hostiles are the place to find out all of this. Not only are they great to stay in because they’re super fun and you meet lots of other Travelers, but there’s also events always happening. They have Food Tours walking tours parties Pub crawls so much that will allow you to really start to experience the place you’re in and get to know the local Hangouts when you’re checking in ask for a room on the top floor. Not only will you get a better view but usually less people if it’s not fully booked the hotel and quieter and those are some of my favorite accommodation hacks.

I hope that you learned something and then it helps you during your next trip to get the best of your stay.