Saving Money on Hotels

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Staying at a hotel can be a huge expense on a trip. Saving money on your hotel room leaves more money to spend on other parts of your trip. This is a page about saving money on hotels.
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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.

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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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July 30, 2009

Upon checking out of our hotel I noticed that they had charged us $1.50 plus tax a day for use of the safe in our room. I told the clerk that we had never used the safe and he said, "We can't tell if the safe has been used or not so we assume it has unless we're told otherwise." We saved $6.36 from our bill, more than enough to cover the tolls on the way home.

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By Karen from NH

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May 10, 2017

Finding an affordable hotel room can be a hassle, but with these tips it can be much easier. This post will focus on IHG hotels, as I work for an IHG brand hotel but most tips should work in general.

A hotel lobby.

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Call both the hotel directly as well as their 800 number after checking rates online. I got a cheaper rate at a LaQuinta in Austin by calling their reservation 800 number.

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November 14, 2005

We need to book a hotel room to go and visit my mother-in-law over the holidays because she lives in senior housing and cannot have overnight guests.

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