Staying at fabulous luxury hotels and resorts across the globe is not cheap. However, just because you love to indulge in the finer side of travel doesn’t mean you have money to burn and don’t love a good bargain. Any time you don’t have to pay full price for a stay or upgrade is a win, and since deals at top brands like Aman, Four Seasons and St. Regis don’t pop up often, it makes finding a deal even sweeter. These tips have always served me well, and I’m sure if you try them, you’ll be traveling luxe for less in no time.
This tip should be obvious. One of the best ways to receive free stays, upgrades, and to score deals, is to sign up for a loyalty program and stick to it. Going to your favorite hotel booking site and searching for the cheapest room might seem like a good idea, but you don’t earn loyalty with the hotel. Joining their program means you earn points, which over time adds up to free stays, upgrades and other perks. To maximize your membership, look for companies offering opportunities to earn points with your favorite hotel brand. For example, Starwood Preferred Guests can earn points when using Uber during their stay.
Try Something New
Often times when new properties open in an area they offer amazing grand opening rates, packages and perks that they hope will get the word out and increase business. This is the perfect time to book and use the low rates to your wallet’s advantage. Check your favorite hotel brand’s location directory to see if they have any new properties opening up in the destination you’re looking to visit, and then keep your eye on that property’s website, or call them directly to scoop up the great deals.
Book When Business is Slow
Yes, I know you want to go to Europe in the summer and bask in the glory of their fancy beachside resorts, trouble is summer is peak season in Europe which means luxury hotel prices are typically sky high. In contrast, you could probably find a great deal at a luxury hotel in Dubai over the summer since high temps make that time of year their low season. Traveling during shoulder season or during low season, when hotels don’t expect much traffic, can more than likely get you a good rate. Just try to avoid the worst months weather-wise so you’re not disappointed despite the fact that you saved a lot of money!
Bonus: Book during off-peak days as well. Resorts tend to be cheaper during the week, and business hotels some times offer great deals over the weekends.