With summer just around the corner, many people are now looking to book their holiday accommodation for the best possible price. George Bedwani, COO of Australian hotel chain, Metro Hotels, has provided the following tips to achieving the best rate:
1. Book on the Hotel’s own website
Before booking a hotel through a third party website, always check rates directly on the hotel’s own website. Metro Hotels’ properties offer the best available rate to customers on its own website www.metrohotels.com.au . Customers will find a hotel’s own website has accommodation rates and packages that cannot be found anywhere else.
2. The early bird gets the worm
Despite properties continually promoting last minute deals, booking your hotel accommodation well in advance will help customers save the most. Hotels are eager to secure business in advance and regularly offer good deals as an incentive for early bookings. This then allows the hotel to charge a higher rate to those who haven’t planned ahead.
3. Call the Hotel directly
Put modern technology aside for a moment and do what people used to do 10 years ago – call the hotel direct.
There is a good chance that you will be able to get a better deal than what you can see advertised. As well, hotel reservation staff can answer any questions you may have on the spot and ensure that you are getting exactly what you need at the best possible price.
4. Extend your trip
Some of the biggest discounts are often offered to guests who stay the longest. Ask a hotel if any discounts are available if you extend your stay by a day or two. You may end up paying the same price (or less per night) for a longer stay.
5. Join rewards programs
Metro Hotels offers its Metro123 rewards benefit to any customer making a booking online at www.metrohotels.com.au . By simply entering Metro123 in the Promo code section of the website, customers will receive a minimum 10 percent off the already best available rate at all their 13 properties throughout Australia.
6. Check out Room Packages
Do the maths – sometimes you can pay as little as $20 more per night but you get a much bigger and better room plus you get additional benefits which may include breakfast, late check-out, free car parking or free internet. It always pays to spend a little extra time to do the maths and you’ll be surprised at how many deals you can find.
7. Travel off-peak
Travelling off-peak may just mean moving your holiday a week or two and you’ll enjoy better room rates not to mention less hustle and bustle. Check a few different dates around the time you are intending to travel to ensure you’re getting the best price.
Metro Hotels is the accommodation arm of Transmetro Corporation, an Australian owned public company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. Metro Hospitality Group, the trading division of the Corporation, provides a national accommodation network of 14 properties in major cities and key locations across Australia along with three themed pubs.