When it comes to getting ready to travel, having the perfect hotel room is key. But there are a few common mistakes that people tend to make when they’re booking their hotel room. Read on to discover what they are and how to avoid them easily!
MISTAKE #1: NOT SIGNING UP FOR A HOTEL REWARDS PROGRAM
Before you book that hotel room make sure that you double-check that you’re signed up for that hotel’s rewards program!
Even if you don’t have a credit card, you can still snag some great perks this way for your travels.
For example, at Kimpton Hotels you can get an amazing $10 to spend on snacks found in the mini bar in your room – just for signing up!
Talk about a steal.
MISTAKE #2: NOT CHECKING MULTIPLE WEBSITES
Are you really certain that you’re getting the best deal? Always double-check multiple websites before you book your room to make sure that you have the lowest rate possible.
Once you find it, call the hotel and ask if they will honor the lowest rate. If they do honor the rate, always book through the hotel to snag those valuable rewards points.
When you book through a third party website or service, hotels typically don’t honor your rewards account program and you will miss out on those points!
MISTAKE #3: NOT BOOKING WITH A CREDIT CARD
Always, always, always use a credit card when booking your hotel room!
Tons of credit cards nowadays offer some sort of travel protection as a card benefit – you could get your money back this way if you suddenly have to cancel your trip due to work or illness.
In order to get this feature with your booking, you’ll need to be certain to use the rewards credit card with this program when booking your room. Additionally, lots of credit card companies are now offering free stays in cash-back bonuses!
All in all, make sure that you know your credit card bonuses and features before you book so that you can figure out which option is best for you.
MISTAKE #4: NOT CHECKING THE HOTEL CANCELLATION POLICY
Whatever you do, always make sure that you check the hotel cancellation policy before you book. If you suddenly need to cancel, you want to make sure that you’ll get your money back and some hotels don’t offer refunds if you book at a certain rate!
A lot of people make the mistake of not reading the fine print – if you scan it beforehand and don’t understand something, you can reach out before you book to get the answers that you need!
MISTAKE #5: NOT CHECKING THE OCCUPANCY OF THE HOTEL ROOM
If you’re traveling, especially with a large party, always make sure that you confirm the maximum occupancy of the room, or the most people allowed to stay in a single room.
In Europe, for example, many rooms are smaller than in the United States so this policy is more strictly enforced due to fire code issues.
Always check before you book to make sure that your whole party can stay comfortably without any trouble.
MISTAKE #6: NOT CHECKING FOR FOREIGN TRANSACTION FEES
One mistake that I have made in the past is not checking whether my credit card had foreign transaction fees if booking a hotel outside of the United States.
When I was traveling to Europe, I used my American Express card (thinking that it would get me some extra points), only to be surprised by a foreign transaction fee that I had to pay on the back end of my statement!
Don’t make this mistake – always check before you buy.
Nowadays I use my Chase Reserve Credit Card to avoid this issue – and make sure that you do the same!
And that, my friends, is how to avoid the six most common mistakes when booking your hotel.
Now get out there and start hacking!