In my quest for luxe travel on the cheap, I’ve found a lot of ways to save on hotel rooms. From joining frequent guest programs to redeeming points or taking advantage of best rate guarantees, I’ve done it all. However, my latest trick was all thanks to a computer glitch.
I wanted to book a two night stay at a resort, and planned to offset the costs using two $60 credits I had from Hotels.com. But when I went to book, it wouldn’t let me use two ‘promotions’ on a single reservation. So, I ended up booking the nights separately, but was surprised to find the one bedroom suite I’d selected was no longer available for both nights, and I’d have to downgrade to a standard room for the second night.
I decided to go for it since we weren’t planning to make use of the kitchen anyway, automatically saving myself about $25. But I had a sneaking suspicion we’d end up getting to stay in the suite the whole time—and when we arrived to check in it turned out I was right.
The hotel had obviously looked at our reservation and realized that if we changed rooms, their staff would have to do double the clerical and cleaning work. So they decided to give us the upgrade, which probably ended up saving them money in the end since they didn’t have to pay someone to clean two rooms.
To make this trick work for you takes a bit of luck and planning:
- You need to be staying multiple nights (but not too many)
- It is completely dependent on availability
- Make sure to book the first night as the upgraded room, then the other as the lower rate room.
Keep in mind it can also be a bit of a pain to book rooms separately as you’ll have to reenter your information multiple times—but that extra bit of time can mean big savings!
Have you ever gotten an upgraded hotel room? If so, explain how in the comments below!
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