Aloha my beautiful Friends!
It’s been a while since I’ve done a “Travel Tip Thursday” post, so today I’m sharing a tip that has been right in front of us this ENTIRE time. I just recently figured it out and it’s so obvious that you’ll probably end up “face-palming” yourself and exclaiming “DOH!” in your best Homer Simpson voice. Or maybe I’m the only 20-something still using Simpson references…
The internet is an amazing and helpful tool when it comes to travel planning, but it can also be incredibly overwhelming (Thailand planning, I’m looking at you!). There are hundreds of hotel reservation websites with each and every site offering the “best deal”, “hot rates,” and “rock bottom prices,” so how do you know if you’re really getting the best deal?
If you couldn’t tell from my original post, we were head over flipflops for the Bo Phut Resort & Spa on Koh Samui; in fact, we loved it so much that we rearranged our entire itinerary just so we could spend our final few days relaxing poolside.
When we originally toyed with the idea of heading back to this resort, we checked the third-party reservation sites which unfortunately showed that the resort was completely booked. My heart skipped a few beats and slowly sank into my stomach as I thought that we were completely out of luck, however before claiming defeat, we checked the BoPhut Resort website and found limited availability for our specific nights. (Pictures and Plane Tickets: 1, Third Party Hotel Sites: 0).
Upon our second departure, the front desk encouraged us to reach out to them personally when planning our next visit. They explained that they could offer us better deals in email or on the phone than what their website shows and they also promised to take very good care of us. (Sure… Allllll hotels say that when you’re leaving, right? Well, maybe. But keep reading…)
Fast forward to last month.
Cody and I have been busy dreaming about, and planning, our fifth anniversary trip for next summer. You guys, I get butterflies just thinking about this trip. And there may have been a time or two where I squealed like a little five-year old being told we were going to Disneyland. Yes, suffice it to say, I am beyond excited about this trip.
With our destination pinned down, I got online to scan hotel prices and I quickly found out that most of the typical booking engines offered the same room category for basically the same cost. Even the hotel’s official website advertised prices in the same range, but here’s where it really gets good…
While browsing the hotels’ official website, I reviewed the incredible deals listed on their “Promotions” tab; and of course, the hotel promotion that really caught my eye ended during the middle of May. (Damn the timing!) I decided to email the hotel to ask if they’d honor the promotion into June because at the very worst they would say, “No”, and I figured that at the very least, perhaps they’d tell me about a different promotion scheduled for the month of June.
To my surprise, the agent emailed me back within the day and said they would extend the offer into June, and the best part about it, they even offered daily continental breakfast for two for FREE. Just by emailing the hotel directly, I not only got the promotion that I wanted, but I also received an additional comp, and the best part is that I saved over $300 on this trip, so far. 🙂
So the next time you’re reserving a room I encourage you to reach out to the hotel by phone or email to ask about their promotions. It’s an additional step, but from my viewpoint, the more money you save, the faster your vacation fund grows for the next adventure.
So tell me, have you previously used this “hack” or are you going to try it on your next trip?