16 new ways to save money on hotels

Published: Thursday, June 14 2012 6:17 p.m. MDT

Everybody wants to pay less for hotel rooms — or at least that is the impression you might get from the number of articles on the Internet about reducing hotel room rates. As Melanie Nayer put it in her "Pack Up" blog on Boston.com, "Finding a great hotel rate doesn't take a physics degree, a miracle or a magic wand. It takes patience, reasonable expectations, a basic understanding of how room rates are factored, and a polite demeanor." Using that polite demeanor, many tips on the Web could save people more money than a gecko hawking auto insurance. Here are some of the best tips from around the Web. EMAIL: mdegroote@desnews.com TWITTER: @degroote FACEBOOK: facebook.com/madegroote
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Gainesville, VA

No thanks on getting the hotel credit card! Perhaps the hotels give a cash discount?

Michael De Groote

Has anybody tried any of these tips?

Feel free to share in these comments any other tips you may have on how to save money at hotels.

Thank you!

Tennessee Transplant
Mt. Juliet, USA, TN

This is a very handy guide to saving money. Tip #15 is awesome. And I'm so glad to hear no one said... take a vacation with a timeshare presentation! Those are very dangerous :)

SLC gal
Salt Lake City, UT

True, don't get the hotel credit card. However the cards are usually tied in with the hotels frequent stayer programs which are usually free, and get you all sorts of goodies you wouldn't get otherwise (depending on the hotel), plus points you can redeem on future stays (I don't mean to sound like a commercial. Just a former hotel reservation agent...)

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