Booking Tips


1. Time your booking. On any given day, prices can fluctuate based on whether the hotel thinks it will be able to fill its rooms for the night. Your best time to book is usually within 24 hours of the stay, when hotels slash prices to avoid vacant rooms, but that creates a lot of uncertainty and isn't ideal when you're traveling in an unfamiliar place.

Thankfully, websites like www.chalakokaan.com can help you time your bookings so you get the best price without running the risk of not getting a room at all. The site allows you to search and predicts both room availability and price fluctuations.

2. Check for affiliation and other discounts. You may qualify for additional discounts simply by belonging to an association or organization.Check with your professional organization, university or any other group you might belong to. Your credit card might also offer discounts.

3. Negotiate, not pay, for upgrades. Instead of booking the fanciest room in the place, reserve a lower-rate room and then ask for an upgrade. If you're traveling at an off-peak time, you have a higher chance of moving up to a vacant, better room at check-in.

You can also try a number of tactics such as:

  • Calling a manager to see what room is available (it usually helps to mention if it's a special occasion)
  • Showing up exactly at check-in time in hopes that your room won't be ready, and they'll have to upgrade you to a better, prepped room
  • Tipping in advance and asking nicely for an upgrade

Here, too, your credit card can come in handy.

5. Keep an eye out for price drops. Savings don't stop when you book your hotel and car. As mentioned before, a room's price can fluctuate significantly, but not many people have the time or inclination to sit around hitting "refresh" to see if the nightly rate has dropped. To make reservations call 1-800-212-0024