5 Hotel Room Booking Tools Every Frugal Traveler Should Know

travelFrequent travelers know a thing or two about scoring the best deals on hotel rooms, so why not you? We’ve found some of the best tools to help you get terrific prices on hotel rooms.

1. Roomer

Roomer brings the sharing economy to hotel rooms. It’s a bit like Airbnb, but strictly for hotels. Customers can buy unused hotel rooms from other people who don’t want theirs, often at deep discounts. But what if you want to sell your unused hotel rooms instead? Roomer’s easy interface makes it simple to buy or sell unused hotel rooms quickly and efficiently.

2. Hotel Tonight

Traveling last-minute? Don’t despair. Some of the best deals on hotel rooms can actually be had when you book on the same day. That’s because hotels are eager to offload excess inventory before it’s too late — and that’s where tools like Hotel Tonight come in. They show you all the very last-minute deals available in the city of your choice. I’ve snagged rooms that typically go for over $500 for $100 or less using this app.

3. Hotel Loyalty Cards

I just scored two weeks of free hotels in Europe for zilch. The secret was my hotel rewards credit cards. Credit cards offered by major hotel chain rewards programs, such as Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card or Hilton HHonors Card often come with big bonus point hauls at sign-up, plus you earn points with every purchase. Finally, these credit cards can come with perks like hotel status upgrades which will get you free Wi-Fi, room upgrades, and more.

4. Coupon Sherpa

Couponing isn’t just for groceries or other household items. Coupon aggregator sites, such as Coupon Sherpa, can also help you locate coupons for use on booking sites like Hotels.com. So, don’t forget to quickly search for coupon codes before booking a room.

5. Your Phone’s Calendar or Clock

As they say, timing is everything, and that couldn’t be more true when booking hotels. Often, rooms at resort or vacation destinations are cheapest mid-week, when most tourists can’t travel, so consider booking your trip on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays to score the best hotel deals. But hotel rooms at business destinations are the opposite: They’re cheapest on the weekends, when business travelers are home with families.

Another timing trick? Check in late in the day to maximize the success of haggling for room upgrades, free WiFi or other perks.

(Source: TCA)