If you spend a lot of time travelling and staying at hotels, the cost quickly becomes a expense. There is, however, a number of ways that you can save money on hotel accommodation and in some cases it is possible to save up to 20%.
If you are going to Asian destinations, it’s a good idea to check out agoda.com. This is a very good website for saving on hotel prices and the best way to find the discounts. There is a number of other ways to save money on hotels including coupons and comparison sites, however, the Agoda site is one of the best ways to save money on hotel rooms.
Are you struggling to get your head around how much you could save on hotel accommodation using Agoda? If so, the best way to think about it is, in terms of a cashback site. After a while, a certain amount of cash will be refunded to you, and the rest will be paid back as rewards.
How it Works:
A combination of hotels.com and a cashback website, with two rewards programs, are used. Some people feel that hotel.com is a rather expensive site and that there are booking engines that are cheaper and in some instances, this is actually correct. When looking at the price of accommodation is it very important to make sure that all relevant taxes are included in the price, as this may be why the prices may seem higher. Most of the time the prices are actually very similar across the various hotel-booking sites.
These hotel savings can be done over an extended period of time, therefore it is really a no-brainer that long-term and frequent travellers are able to save a vast amount of money on their hotel accommodation.
1. Sign Up To The Hotels.Com Rewards Program
One of the first things that you should be doing if you want to make these savings, is to sign up to the rewards program on hotels.com. It’s absolutely FREE! The rewards program will give you one free night for every ten nights that you stay at a hotel through them, using the program. The one free night will automatically translate into a 10% reward.
2. Sign Up To PouringPounds
Pouringpounds.com is another useful site for making savings. This site is also a cash back website…and it’s FREE! The reward from this site is up to 7.5% for very booking that you make through them on hotels.com. The regular cashback amount on PouringPounds is 6%, but they often run specials every couple of months and this is when you can get up to 7.5% back.
3. Making Use Of A Rewards Credit Card
A reward credit card is another way that you can save money on your hotel accommodation. When you pay for your accommodation you can get about 2.5% back on every purchase, however, there are other cards that will give you 3% cashback.
So, overall, using a combination of the methods mentioned above, you could easily save up to 20% on every hotel booking that is made. There is no qualifying dates or minimum stay requirement. The only condition is that the hotel needs to be part of the hotels.com welcome rewards program, however, it does seem that most hotels nowadays are part of the scheme. It is also possible to make payment using any of the currencies accepted on the site.
Now To Summarise How To All Works
Now that you have all of the important information you may be wondering how it all comes to together, so let me explain how it works.
You’ll need to go the homepage of Pouringpounds.com and click on the travel and hotels icon, then click on Hotels.com. When you have got this far you’ll be on the hotels.com website.
At this point, it is a good idea to do a general search for hotels in the area you plan to visit, and on the dates that you require. The general search will in most cases give a range of accommodation options; these can then be filtered down to your preferences. When the search results have been narrowed down, the preferred hotel can then be booked, by clicking on the Book button to complete your booking on the site.
Before you actually proceed to book, ensure that you have signed into your account on hotels.com or set up an account if you do not already have one so that you don’t miss out on getting your rewards.
When the rewards credit card is used to pay for the accommodation, 2.5% will automatically be given back to the card as part of the rewards program. The rewards will normally be present on the next statement that you receive for that card.
After the stay, the hotel rewards will be issued through the welcome rewards scheme on Hotels.com. The rewards will be issued for every night, for the duration of the stay. Rewards of 10% will be rewarded for each night, therefore after ten nights of a £100.00 each; there will be a free night worth £100.00 available.
A few days following the hotel stay an email will be issued by PouringPounds.com stating that the cashback has been tracked. Following this email, the account balance on PouringPounds.com will start to reflect the new cashback that you have received. Hotels.com will take a few additional weeks to reward your account, but don’t worry…you’ll eventually see it…;)