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
– 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.