How to Book the Cheapest Hotel Room

After traveling for work for ten years and a nine month trip around the world, I’ve collected some strategies for traveling cheaper. I’ll cover them in a ten part series in this order:

A. The flight
– How to Book the Cheapest Flight
– How to Use Free Flight Stopovers
– How to Find Alternatives to Expensive Flights
– Finding the Cheapest Airport Transportation
B. The Hotel / Accommodation
– How to Book Cheapest Hotel Rooms
– How to Find Hotel Alternatives
– How to Use Hotel Points
C. Arriving
– How to Get Local Currency for Your Trip
– Avoid International ATM Fees!
– Know How Much Things Cost

How to Book Cheapest Hotel Rooms

One thing we learned during our trip is the importance of your hotel towards the satisfaction of your trip.  Sometimes saving a few bucks by staying in the cheaper hotel further away from the action meant sacrificing our experience, but luckily there are some ways to save money by booking the cheapest hotel rooms at great hotels.

A.  How to use Hotwire and Priceline

Both sites allow you to save on your hotel cost by either “bidding” for the hotel (Priceline) or by selecting discounted hotel rates for hotels that remain anonymous until you’ve  booked it.

Hotwire and Priceline can both be very intimidating because you don’t want to get stuck in some crappy hotel, but luckily there’s a decent way to figure out which hotel you might land in.  Better Bidding allows you to review high level hotel information in Priceline or Hotwire and match it up with the hotel that you’ll most likely get!  The site has the most information on US sites, but there are some international cities that are decently covered.

How to Use Free Flight Stopovers

After traveling for work for ten years and a nine month trip around the world, I’ve collected some strategies for traveling cheaper. I’ll cover them in a ten part series in this order:

A. The flight
– How to Book the Cheapest Flight
– How to Use Free Flight Stopovers
– How to Find Alternatives to Expensive Flights
– Finding the Cheapest Airport Transportation
B. The Hotel / Accommodation
– How to Book Cheapest Hotel Rooms
– How to Find Hotel Alternatives
– How to Use Hotel Points
C. Arriving
– How to Get Local Currency for Your Trip
– Avoid International ATM Fees!
– Know How Much Things Cost
How to Use Free Flight Stopovers
Most airlines allow you free stopovers when traveling internationally (and oftentimes domestic) that will allow you to stop over at a city and stay for a certain number of days until continuing to your next destination.  Usually this only works if you’re stopping in a major hub for the airline, but it worked for us and we saved quite a bit of money.

The first example we used is our flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to New Zealand.  We knew we wanted to stop in one of the tropical destinations on the way (Hawaii, French Polynesia, etc) but since our one way flights were pricing out at $1,500 each, it seemed adding in another stop was too expensive.  However, after researching more, I learned that Air New Zealand flies from LAX to Tahiti, and it also flies from Tahiti to Auckland, New Zealand.  After I learned this, I began searching “multi-leg” segments on Kayak to see if the prices were any different.  Sure enough, when we flew from LAX to Tahiti, stopped over for 9 days, and then on to Auckland, New Zealand, the flights were only $1,050 each!  We added an expensive destination to fly to with a ten day layover, and it was cheaper than flying straight to New Zealand!

How to Book the Cheapest Flight

After traveling for work for ten years and a nine month trip around the world, I’ve collected some strategies for traveling cheaper. I’ll cover them in a ten part series in this order:

A. The flight
– How to Book the Cheapest Flight
– How to Use Free Flight Stopovers
– How to Find Alternatives to Expensive Flights
– Finding the Cheapest Airport Transportation
B. The Hotel / Accommodation
– How to Book Cheapest Hotel Rooms
– How to Find Hotel Alternatives
– How to Use Hotel Points
C. Arriving
– How to Get Local Currency for Your Trip
– Avoid International ATM Fees!
– Know How Much Things Cost
How to book the cheapest flight
Flights can easily represent one of the largest expenses of a vacation, so it pays big time to do a little more research to try and save money.  There are a few strategies you can use to save money on flights while traveling.  Here are my recommendations for finding cheaper flights.