For some, once you have booked a room, your pursuit for cheap hotels on your trip might be over. But, it shouldn’t be. Since hotels offer a variety of rates, such as AAA, seniors discounts, government/military, limited-time, or corporate rates, the trick is to find one you can cancel and keep checking the price before you check in.
For an upcoming trip to NYC, where cheap hotels might mean something else than low rates, I booked a room back in December with AAA. Since the trip is now about a month away, yesterday, I decided to re-check the rate I had originally booked. Success! The hotel’s rate had already dropped about $30 at this mid-scale location. I then called up the hotel directly to change my booking, and was surprised that the front desk found a rate even $20 less than I had been quoted on their website, saving me $50 or so. Glad I called!
Re-check prices to find cheap hotels and other flexible purchases
The lesson here is that especially for hotels and renting cars, it is possible to get a lower price after you have booked something. The key is to make a cancelable placeholder reservation and keep checking back.