Depending on the hotel chain, travelers can find early booking discounts that average between 10% and 30%. The hotel room reservation is typically required to be booked a minimum of 7 days to 45 days before check-in. Hotels will commonly require that the entire stay be charged to your credit card in order to enjoy the savings.
* Carlson Hotels. (Country Inn & Suites, Park Inn, Park Plaza, Regent, Radisson) The chain has an Advance Purchase Rate program that offers 25% of standard hotel rates for 13, 21 or 28 advance bookings.
* Choice Hotels International. (Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, Mainstay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn) Offers an Advance Purchase Rate of 15% off any Best Available Rate found on their website. It is valid for a hotel room that is booked 7, 14, 21 or 30 days in advance.
* Hilton. (Doubletree, Hilton, Conrad, Waldorf Astoria, Embassy Suites, Garden Inn, Hampton, Homewood Suites). The Advanced Purchase Discount Rate allows travelers to save up to 20% off their Best Available Rate with a minimum 7 day advance booking.
* Intercontinental Hotels Group. (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites) Travelers can save up to 20% off for a booking that is made at least 14 days in advance.
* Loews Hotels. The Advance Purchase Rate program provides a 20% off discount on reservations that are booked at least 45 days in advance.
* Starwood Hotels & Resorts. (Westin, Four Points, W Hotels, Sheraton, The Luxury Collection, St Regis, Le Meridien, A|Loft) The chainís Reserve & Relax program offers up to 25% off for advanced reservations. On average, a 10% to 25% off discount is available with a 7 to 60 day advance booking.
Price Match Guarantee
In order to make travelers feel more comfortable about booking their hotel room directly at the hotel websites, chains are offering a price match guarantee that often includes an additional discount if a cheaper reservation is found within a certain time period.
* Best Western. This hotel chain offers an additional 10% off the booking if a less expensive price is found within 48 hours.
* Carlson Hotels. The Best Online Rate Guarantee provides travelers with an additional 25% off within 24 hours of booking.
* Choice Hotels International. The Best Rate Guarantee will match and beat any Internet rate found that is cheaper within 24 hours of booking the hotel room. The additional discount is 10% off.
* Hilton. Best Available Rate offers a $50 American Express Gift Cheque card if a cheaper reservation is found within 24 hours of booking.
* Hyatt. Best Rate Guarantee offers an additional 20% off your booking if another one is found for less within 24 hours.
* Intercontinental Hotels Group. Lowest Internet Rate Guarantee offers 10% off the booking if a less expensive one is found within 24 hours.
* Marriott International. (Marriott Hotels, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn, Springhill Suites, TownePlace Suites, Renaissance Hotels, Residence Inn, Edition, Autograph, JW Marriott) Look No Further Best Rate Guarantee offers you a price match plus an additional 25% off if you find a cheaper reservation within 24 hours.
* Starwood. Best Rate Guarantee provides travelers with an additional 10% off within 24 hours.
* Wyndham. (Wyndham, Ramada, Days Inn, Super 8, Wingate, Baymont Inn & Suites, Microtel, Hawthorn Suites, Howard Johnson, Travelodge, Knights Inn) 10% discount on booking if cheaper reservation found within 24 hours.
Kids Stay Free
Travelers are able to keep their expenses down to a minimum when they donít have to pay for each additional person that is staying in the hotel room. Other hotel chains offer special childrenís activities and kid-themed rooms.
* Choice Hotels International. This chainís Kids Stay Free policy applies to any children that are 18 years old or younger. According to the terms and conditions, the children must stay in the same room as their parents or grandparents.
* Holiday Inn. Children 19 years old and younger are free of charge.
* Ramada. The hotel chain has the Kids Stay and Eat Free program which provides free meals and a discount on a booking that is made 29 days in advance.
* Marriott. Children 18 and under get to stay free with their parents.
* Motel 6. Children 18 and under stay free.
Car Rental Promotion
The majorities of hotel websites are affiliated or offer a 10% discount on a rental car reservation that is booked by using their links for major rental companies such as:
Special Rate Programs
A large number of hotel chains offer a special rate for specific groups and organizations. Most hotels will offer a 10% discount for:
* Senior citizens
* AARP members
* AAA members
* Military personnel
* Government workers
* Corporate employees
Hotel Rewards Card
One of the easiest and most convenient ways to get discounts is to sign up for the hotel chainís rewards card. You can enroll into their free membership program so that each of your reservations counts towards a free stay in the future. Most chains work on a points-basis that allows you to redeem them after certain point levels.
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