By checking in later in the day, you lose money. Most venues require you check out by 11am but you can check in by 2pm. That means you pay for a stay of 21 hours in just about every hotel/motel you stay in.
So, if you check in at 11pm and pay for that 21 hours but only stay 12, you are losing 9 hours. If your room was $60.00 that is $2.85 per hour for that 9 hours, or $25.65. Take advantage of the money you save, wear and tear on your back, family, kids, pets and car and stay the full 21 hours. Even if you arrive a bit later, you will arrive with a better attitude because you got more rest and spent your dollars wiser.
I do this whenever I can, and it's saved me in more ways than I can say. During my trip across country in April of 2011, I would sleep in the car enough to drive safe, then check in at 2pm the next day, trading off as it were. That extra 9 hours was worth it, and since I paid for it anyway, felt I was spending my money wisely.
By Sandi/Poor But Proud from Salem, OR
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