So I told the Uwak when he was traveling to Bandung. He didn’t get the hotel because it was all full. Uwak I really don’t understand that hotels should be booked first, especially during the holiday season.
My cousin who brought the car was tired of going to all the hotels full of all. Even though finally I got a hotel even though it was a bit expensive. It’s a five star, the problem is that there are only five-star empty rooms and jasmine hotels that seem poorly maintained.
“How expensive is it really, bro?” said Uwak I told the hotel receptionist.
“Yes, ma’am, if you want a bit cheaper you should book by phone or online via traveloka.”
“Then here I will call first so it’s cheap,”
Indeed, hotel prices are always changing. Usual, marketing strategy. Depending on the conditions of room occupancy and time. Even if booking by phone first, we have to say at the reception who the CS hotel talked to us earlier. Because the price is definitely different!
So, what are the tricks you can do to get the cheapest price? Let’s scroll down guys!
1. Try booking a business hotel
Hotels that are usually used for business are usually cheaper on weekends and more expensive on weekdays. Hotels like this are usually not designed for recreation, but for resting while still working. For example, the swimming pool will not be as big as an ordinary hotel.
My time in Antwerp, Belgium a while ago. I got a 3+ star hotel for just 42 euros. While the standard hostel at the same time is 30 euros per bed. Because I was both, per person so only pay 21 euros! Cheap, right?
2. Booking with an Online Travel Agent
Sometimes it’s a bit difficult for parents like Uwak to ask online for anything. Afraid of fraud he said. That’s why they prefer to be walk-in customers. Even with a large enough risk of not getting a room.
I also started telling uwak that if we book online with traveloka it can be much cheaper than calling or coming straight away. The price is final and there is no need for any additional things. And our bookings are definitely confirmed with the hotel. If there is anything, just email, telephone, tweet, fb to customer service who is ready 24/7.
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Usually I am fine with booking with Traveloka. But one time I went to Singapore, my book was not registered in the hostel system. I immediately emailed customer service if there is a problem. 10 minutes later there was an answer from traveloka. And 10 minutes later the receptionist said that my booking was confirmed. The hope is that there is no need for something like this to happen again.
3. Ask for a room in the corner of the hotel building
It’s not that I like corner, but if my friend who works at the hotel says, usually the rooms in the corner are wider and have a wider view than the other rooms.
So you will get a bigger room for the same price! But make sure you keep quiet, just whisper with the hotel receptionist. If you know very well that the room is really nice, try tucking in a blue or red sheet to make it smooth (do it at your own risk guys! :))
4. Say that you are a reviewer (or a travel blogger!)
If you have a good presence on Trip Advisor, for example, or have a decent following on social media, let them know during check-in. Or if the hotel emailed them a few days before checking in for a reminder, you can tell them in the email.
The few times I have done this I have been given several plus-plus services. Not a plus-plus that is annoying hihi. But maybe you can get a free dinner and spa voucher. It is even offered to extend for a few more days for free!
5. Join Loyalty Program from Hotel, Flight, or Travel Agent
Miles earned from airline loyalty programs are usually not only exchanged for return flights, but also for hotels.
Hotels have loyalty programs, so make sure you register in the loyalty program when you often stay at the same hotel brand group. Usually it’s free. If you have stayed several times, you will definitely get a discount or even stay free.
Traveloka also has a loyalty program called Traveloka loyalty points. Every time you make a transaction on Traveloka, you will get a number of points which you can exchange again for a discount on the next transaction. Isn’t it fun?
The point is, don’t join the loyalty program too much. Just choose one or two of each type. For example, your airline joins Garuda Indonesia’s Garuda Miles and Air Asia Big Points, you don’t have to join the Kris Flyer Singapore Airlines or others. Those with points will not be collected maximally.
I only stick to one airline loyalty program and have received free PP tickets to Europe, so it’s been proven that if we are loyal, it’s definitely a blessing!
6. Ask the deal directly to the hotel
This is also worth a try. If you have, for example, stay a week or a month (maybe), try calling the hotel directly. If possible, go directly to the sales manager. So you can get a special price below the published rate.
Or if you order for office (corporate) needs, just say so. Usually, you order a lot, you definitely get a price that is far below the original price!