Memorial Day Travel Tip -- #5 Get a Better Hotel Rate

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and you know what that means… the summer travel season is just around the corner.

If you’re planning a trip this summer, you’ll want to keep this tip in mind: Hotel rates tend to vary substantially, based on where you book. Instead of relying solely on the hotel’s website, try a few different search engines like Kayak.com or Farecast.com.  Often, you’ll find internet deals that aren’t advertised on the hotel’s homepage.

Also, don’t forget the tried and true phone call. Hotel reservations agents might offer you a special deal that you otherwise wouldn’t find over the Internet.

To put this travel tip to the test, we did a quick, in-office study.

Take a look at the varying hotel rates we found, just by clicking a few buttons and picking up the phone:

The Plaza Hotel – New York, NY
Room rates for a Standard Double on June 26, 2010

Expedia.com – $795
Kayak.com – $489
Farecast.com – $795
Hotel reservations agent – $775
Travelocity.com – $795
Hotel’s website – $835

Ritz Carlton – San Francisco, CA
Room rates for a Standard Double on June 26, 2010

Expedia.com – $489
Kayak.com – $385
Farecast.com – $277
Hotel reservations agent – $449
Travelocity.com – $489
Hotel’s website – $489

So before you book your next hotel room this summer, be sure to check around.

Have a great weekend!

--Lori

Lori Allen
Director, Great Escape Publishing

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