How and when you play the game are the keys to how much you can save.
For example, a number of major chain hotels will discount a room’s price as much as 20 percent if you pay your bill in full a week or two in advance.
One possible catch: it’s nonrefundable, so plan accordingly.
But my “almost always” fail safe plan is to look at a city’s transportation system map.
Then plan your stay near major subways or bus stops to save real money.
In Washington, D.C., a night at many hotels in the heart of the district averages $252.
But just jump across the Potomac to Arlington, Virginia and the average nightly rate drops more than $120. It’s just a ten-minute subway ride away from most places you’d need to go.
This also works well in Brooklyn, instead of Midtown Manhattan, and in the suburbs of Chicago.
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- Using the Art of Conversation While Booking a Hotel Room
- Major U.S. Cities to Add 33,000 Hotel Rooms
- Micro Hotels Offer Small Rooms at an Affordable Rate
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