Use the following Valuable Secrets when dealing with Hotels or Motels:
1. The 1-800 reservations number will probably send you to a central call center with set rates. Call the hotel directly instead, you should be able to negotiate.
2. Hotels can pay a commission of up to 30 percent to online booking sites. So offer 20 percent less than the online price, and both of you come out ahead.
3. Independently owned hotels are far more likely to give you a discount. Some chains balk at dropping the rate.
4. If you show up at 11 a.m. and check-in time is 2 p.m., please don’t be upset if your room isn’t ready. Hotels and Motels can’t make the housekeepers go any faster. And you don’t want them to rush.
5. Don’t ask for an upgrade when other guests are within earshot. Want a more spacious room without paying more? Request a corner room or a handicapped one.
6. Some concierges get kickbacks for sending you to pricey tourist traps. If you want an unbiased recommendation, ask the desk clerk.
7. Don’t call between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with a special request. Chances are there will be a long line of guests waiting to check out or in and they will just want to get you off the phone.
8. They love it when you steal the soap, shampoo, and lotion. That’s why they their logo on them. But pillows, bedspreads, and irons? Expect your credit card to be billed.
9. It’s a lot easier for them to remove Wi-Fi charges or other charges from your bill at checkout than to agree to waive them in advance.
10. Web-only rate for the win! Always, always onlineshop when possible. Check for the “web-only” rate. It’s usually cheaper than what you’ll get by simply calling the property directly. Nowadays, most motel’s and hotel’s online website are very competitive, if not cheaper than, the sites like Hotels.com because those site tend to charge fees.