Looking to travel with your family on a budget? These ways to save on a hotel room are perfect for planning your next family vacation!
Looking at destinations for your next family vacation? With multiple adults and kids, the costs for transportation, lodging, food, and extras definitely add up. If you are looking to book your next hotel room on a budget, here are a few tips on finding cheap hotel prices and how to save money on hotel rooms. Also see this post for 10 Tips On How To Enjoy A Vacation With Family, these are really good tips!
10 Ways To Save On A Hotel Room for Your Next Family Vacation
1. Shop around, compare and contrast
There are so many different ways to book a hotel room. Between the many online travel search engines, hotel websites, home share options, and calling hotels directly, you can find the best price for your trip. Take the time to compare hotel rates and perks can save hundreds of dollars. I like Hotels.com, they always have coupon codes and offer the best hotel rates!
2. Book your travel and hotel in a bundle
One of the most popular ways to save on a hotel room is to book all of your travel in a bundle. Travel search websites such as Expedia offer some great perks, if you can find them. They allow you to book the best flight and hotel options together and offer an additional savings. Sometimes, they are allowed to offer hotel rooms on sale, so it’s a great way to save when you book everything together.
Example: here’s a flight and hotel bundle to Las Vegas on Expedia.com, generated June 10, 2014. They are offering a 21% savings if you book them together!
3. Accumulate and use rewards points
I have been signing up with various airlines, hotels and travel sites to take advantage of their rewards perks. I have gotten a couple of free rooms from Hotels.com, $50 off from Expedia, a one night stay with the Marriott Rewards program, and miles from Southwest Airlines that I have used to book hotel rooms. Every time you travel, you accrue points, so sign up for all of the free loyalty programs that you come across!
4. Choose a hotel who’s location is off the beaten path
Most travelers want to stay at the top hotels in the middle of the action. You can save by researching hotels that are off the beaten path, they will charge less due to their location. I am a fan of ride share services like UBER and LYFT to get me where I need to go. Click my UBER link to get your first free ride up to $20!
5. Room with friends and family
Staying in one room with extended family can save you a bundle, about 50%. Instead of getting one hotel room for each family, bunk together and request cots from the front desk. They are normally free, but if there is a fee, it will be much less than booking a whole extra room. If you’re taking a road trip, pack this full sized air mattress and take it to your hotel to sleep two extra people!
6. Avoid booking two rooms by getting a suite
Got a large family? Need space to sleep more than 4 people? Instead of booking two adjoining rooms, compare the cost of renting out a suite. It’s normally just a little bit higher than a regular room, and usually has separate bedrooms, a pull out bed, and tends to have more space.
7. Be flexible with your travel dates
Leave a day earlier, stay a day later? This is one of the best ways to save on a hotel room, you can search many alternate date and time frame to see which combination is cheaper. Also, if you do a little research, you’ll notice that flight fares are notoriously lower when you fly Tuesday through Thursday, with the exception of them falling on a holiday. Hotels tend to follow suit, I guess less people are traveling in the middle of the week. Search flight and hotel combinations here.
8. Stay at a hotel with free breakfast, wifi, and other perks
Calculate the cost for a family breakfast each morning, daily wifi charges, mini bar items and evening movie rentals… it really adds up! Staying at a hotel that offers freebies would save my family about $200 over a 1 week stay on breakfast alone. My family enjoyed the Best Western Plus in Palm Springs, CA. The rate was low, breakfast was free, and it made our whole stay much more affordable!
9. Call the hotel directly
Sometimes they have unpublished specials that you can take advantage of. Sometimes they have a “stay 3 nights get the 4th free” type of offer that you can only get directly. Currently, the Red Roof Inn has a great deal where you can save 15% on your next booking with code 621277. You won’t be able to find this special rate anywhere else!
10. Look at other options besides chain hotels
Boutique hotels, bed and breakfast, guesthouses and even condo rentals are great ways to save on a hotel room, available for a fraction of the cost. To find them, do a search on the city outside of your usual travel search engines. I would not recommend a hostel for family travel.