The travel experts at Hotels.com have shared some tips and tricks to help you save some cash and score some upgrades and free stuff!
1. Check-In As Late As You Possibly Can
“If you check in late, then there is a chance that the hotel might have run out of standard rooms, which is generally the room category the everyday traveler books, so an upgrade to a higher room category could be on the cards.”
2. Be A Bit Aggressive And Tell Them The Hotel Is Under Your Watch
“Guest reviews and social media exposure are so important to hotels these days. At check-in tell them you’ll be writing a review and that you follow them on Instagram and will be tagging and snapping the hotel at every opportunity.”
Sometimes you gotta be THAT Person.
3. Don’t Miss Out On A Free Or Discounted Meal
“If your room package doesn’t include breakfast, always ask at check in if there are any special deals for the on-site restaurant, especially for breakfast. You could land yourself large discounts on food, an invite to guests-only happy hours, or special 2-for-1 deals.”
4. Get All The Free Stuff You Can!
“Hotel freebies have had a serious upgrade over the past few years. Forget soap in the shower; you can often enjoy designer toiletries, including body lotion, face masks, and beauty utensils.
“Other items to watch out for are exotic teas and snacks, slippers, high-end magazines, stationery, and some hotels even have items for day usage such as portable WiFi units, umbrellas, and bikes.”
5. The Pillow Menu Is A Thing
“A menu in your room might not just be for room service or laundry. Many hotels these days want to offer travelers the luxuries of home, so pillow menus are the new norm.”
“If you are prone to neck and back pains, ask about pillow options. The front desk usually has a huge selection from super firm to melty marshmallow.”
And since we are talking free breakfast....