Booking Cheap Accommodation: How To Get the Best Lodging (2023)

Finding the best cheap accommodation is a crucial part of your trip planning, and it can have an enormous impact on your budget if not chosen correctly.

Besides airfare, accommodation costs are one of the most significant expenses on any travel budget. Thus, finding ways to reduce our accommodation expenses can lead to substantial savings, which makes it one of the best ways to plan a cheap holiday!

Whether you’re a backpacker hopping between hostels or a business traveler staying at a boutique hotel, you want to get the best room possible without spending too much for it.

I’ve already shown you how to find the cheapest airfare, so I’ll show you how to find cheap accommodation. Just mastering these two items will tremendously impact your trip’s budget. And you won’t be Googling “cheap accommodation near me” all the time.

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How to Find the Cheapest Accommodation?

1. First of all, Know the Type of Place You Want

Where you spend the night depends on the type of trip you want to have. Hostels are great for having a social experience and meeting other travelers.

Airbnb is useful for feeling at home while abroad and gaining different experiences not typically had with hotels. And hotels are well-known accommodations with lots of perks and amenities.

Now, ask yourself, what do you want out of your cheap accommodation? What kind of experience do you want? Which type of trip are you planning?

For example, when I want some alone time, I may get a hotel room or stay in a private room at a hostel. When I feel like meeting other travelers, I may go to a hostel and even sleep in a dorm room.

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When I feel like meeting locals, I may couchsurf or rent an Airbnb room. And when I want to pamper myself, I may use points or miles to get a premium hotel room for a fraction of the price.

Below I share the most common types of accommodation you can find all over the world and list them from the typically most expensive to the usually cheapest.

2. Don’t be Afraid to Search for a Hostel

YES, hostels are safe! Ignore that bad reputation they got after Quentin Tarantino’s movie.

In my almost nine years of long-term travel, hostels have usually been my first choice when looking for a place to stay. Some of the best hostels have the same amenities hotels do but at a fraction of the price.

Hostels are great for meeting people as they encourage social gatherings and often help you plan activities, from getting to know the city on a walking tour to day tours to main sights and bar-hopping with your hostel mates.

Hostels offer private and dorm rooms, so you can choose how private or social you want to be. And, of course, dorm rooms are much cheaper if you need to save money!

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Additionally, many hostels have kitchens you can use to cook your meals, providing you with another way to save money!

Now that I’m in my 30s, I tend to pick private rooms, but now and then, I do stay in a dorm room just for fun.

To book hostels, I recommend using HostelWorld, and in this post, I show you how I always find the best hostels in every city I visit.

3. Location, Location, Location

Usually, the more centric your accommodation, the more expensive it is. But, I always recommend doing a bit of value engineering to see whether cheap accommodation slightly outside the city is the best option.

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Ask yourself, how much time will you spend traveling from your hotel to the city center? How much will that taxi or public transportation cost?

Add that up for the number of times you’ll do that and compare it to the price and convenience of having a centric room.

More popular destinations also typically have more expensive accommodation options. You must understand the cost of destinations before deciding where to go.

Always check the transportation options from your accommodation to see how well-connected you are.

4. Plan Ahead if You’re Traveling During High Season

It’s rare for a city to sell out every room, so even during high season, you’ll find a place to stay. But, if you want clean and cheap places to stay in a good location that gives you value for your money, then you must plan.

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High-season trips should be planned at least a few months ahead, especially to places like Iceland, which currently has more tourism than the accommodation infrastructure available.

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Also, suppose you’re traveling during popular events, like New Year’s in New York City, Koh Phangan during the full moon party, and Rio de Janeiro during Carnival. In that case, you should book your room several months ahead to get the best value.

Now, during the low season, you can wing it. Often you can get last-minute deals when booking at the very last minute. Sometimes I even book my accommodation the night before or the same day I travel during the low season.

To find cheap hotels offering last-minute deals, I use Many accommodations offer a lower price for their available rooms for the same day or next day booking. And, since I’m a frequent user, I also get additional “genius” discounts on many of their listings. is my second go-to site when looking for last-minute deals on hotels.

5. Avoid Paying Full Price for a Hotel Room

Hotel booking sites like Priceline and Hotwire offer great discounts on brand-name hotels. Forget the cheap hotel chains in dodgy areas. These are the real deal. The catch (sometimes) is that you won’t know the exact hotel name until after you book it.

But you’ll know how many stars it has, its quality, amenities, approximate location, and more information to help you choose. It’s a great option to find hotels that are pretty inexpensive.

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If you’re not picky about which hotel chains you’ll stay at, I recommend giving Priceline and Hotwire a try.

Also, the hotel booking site and app for Hotel Tonight offer the same kind of discounts for rooms needed on the same night of the booking.

6. Collect Points and Miles and Redeem Them for Free Stays

Being able to get the best hotel deals is great, but nothing beats free!

If you have a preferred hotel brand, join their rewards program and try to be a frequent guest to accrue miles and earn reward points with them, which can then be redeemed for free stays.

The nice thing is that most of the time, those reward points and miles can be earned by using your branded credit card on everyday purchases. The more money you spend, the more you’ll save.

This technique is commonly known as Travel Hacking. It’s also essential to have a good travel credit card.

7. Look beyond Hotels and Hostels

There are many other budget accommodation options that span beyond the cheapest hotels and hostels.

From guesthouses, apartments on Airbnb, and other apartment rental sites, to house-sitting and even Couchsurfing, it’s easy to find cheap accommodation.

Let me show you all the most common and popular accommodation options. These are listed from the typically most expensive to the cheapest.

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12 Of The Best Types Of Accommodation For Your Trip

There are many reasons why we want a particular accommodation, be it by nightly rates, location, amenities, ease of booking, type of facility, etc. But we must understand our options and how they differ to make that choice.

One of the best ways to fit expensive destinations into your budget is by choosing suitable accommodation that fits your needs at the best price possible, or even for free!

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Here are 12 of the most common accommodations types you can choose from for your next trip. These are arranged from the (usually) most expensive to the cheapest.

1. Hotels

This is the most well-known type of accommodation. While it is commonly accepted that hotels are expensive, the truth is that cheap hotels can be an option.

During the hotel search, it is vital to use and compare different search engines, hotel booking sites, and agencies. You will see that finding different rates for the same hotel is very common on each search engine.

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Even though many hotels tend to be above the typical backpacker’s budget, it’s still possible to find cheap hotels that won’t break your pocket. There are many hotel discounts out there if you know where to search.

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But be careful, because it is possible that either they are far from the city center or they have undesirable conditions. Sometimes hotels can be a cheap option when you travel in a group because accommodation costs can be shared between all the travelers.

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You can search for budget hotel prices on some of the most popular search engines like,,, and, among others. Many even offer free breakfast options when you book hotels through them.

One of the best hotel booking sites (and highly recommended) to find good hotel deals and unbiased reviews by previous travelers is Check hotel reviews to make sure you’re getting the best hotel deals. Verified reviews will give you the best insight into what to expect.

2. Apartment Rentals

If you’re staying in a city for a long time, looking for a rental is a good choice. At a rental, you have most or all the amenities of an apartment for less than the price of a hotel.

You can rent from well-established rental companies and from people with a place available to rent. People usually sublet their apartments when they are not using them.

It is a way for the owner to generate some income while budget travelers save money because they’re paying just a portion of the rent as agreed. You’ll also have to pay for your own meals as they usually aren’t included.

Today, the go-to booking site for great accommodation deals anywhere in the world is Airbnb. I use it regularly, and I highly recommend it.

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Alternatively, you can find rentals anywhere in the world by searching on Google or Craigslist. You just have to search for a “sublet” or a “short-term apartment.”

3. Timeshare Rentals

These properties are typically available by the week at luxury resorts, but they can be a very cost-effective option, especially for those traveling in a group.

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Timeshare units are much like hotel suites, except the bedroom is separated from the living room by a door.

They’re also set up with full kitchens that include a refrigerator, stove, cookware, and plates/glasses/utensils, which can make for a great way to save money by not eating out all the time. You just cook your own meals.

4. Bed & Breakfast

B&Bs are generally cheaper than hotels, but more expensive than hostels. This is a good option for couples and families.

B&Bs come in all forms, from traditional homes and apartments turned into an establishment to bigger accommodations offering their “hotel” and breakfast services to a larger number of travelers.

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B&Bs offer more privacy than most hostels, and the feel and quality tend to be “warm and cozy.” Usually, with the smaller ones (the homes), you get to interact with the family running the business, as often they also live there.

Again, the booking site, Airbnb, is an excellent choice for finding the best prices on B&Bs.

5. Hostels

Hostels are the most accessible cheap accommodation for budget travelers. Hostels have a variety of rooms that go from private to 30+ mixed bed bunks.

The bigger the room, the more people you sleep with, and the cheaper the cost. There are places where you can find a bed for $5.00 a night. Even though hostels are quite affordable, they are well known to be safe and secure.

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Usually, the restrooms and showers are shared. If you are uncomfortable using a shared bathroom, you can rent private rooms with private bathrooms, but those are a bit more expensive.

You pay less when you stay in a shared or mixed room, but obviously, you won’t have much privacy. But don’t worry; you have a locker in shared spaces to secure your stuff.

It is common to see a lot of young travelers because it is a really “laid-back” environment where you can meet new travelers.

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Most hostels have common areas with a kitchen, tv, games, wi-fi, sitting area, etc.; many even include breakfast in your rate.

Many hostels can have an age limit, but most hostels, like the big chain Hostelling International, accept any age.

One of the best qualities of hostelling is that it is easy to interact with people, find friendly company to walk around the city, and even travel companions for part or the rest of your trip.

Some of the best hostel booking sites are HostelWorld,, and Hi Hostel.

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6. Sleeper Trains

Sleeper trains are an excellent option for spending a night or a few nights while traveling. The best thing about sleeper trains is that you are traveling from one place to another while saving time and money. Why?

First, you’re not paying for a night at a hostel, hotel, etc. Second, you save some of your precious daytime by traveling at night.

Sleeper Trains provide different levels of accommodations ranging from private rooms and semi-private couchettes to reclinable seats.

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Although this is an excellent choice for travel and cheap accommodation, it is best to use just when needed because many trains don’t have showers and the restrooms are not too desirable, to say the least (unless you are in first-class).

Check this Eurail Train Guide to learn everything about traveling Europe by train..

7. Camping

If you’re traveling into the “wild” or are looking for a more sustainable approach to travel, then camping is an option for you. You can spend many free nights in nature enjoying the sounds of the animals.

In fact, some popular destinations around the world, like Patagonia, Iceland, and the Himalayas, are best explored when hiking and camping.

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Camping is usually done in pre-established camping areas. Some of them require a small “camping” fee to allow you to set your tent for an established amount of days.

But there is also “wild camping,” which is when you camp for free wherever the night takes you, as long as it’s legal to camp there.

Also, camping doesn’t have to be that “raw” experience in the middle of nowhere. There’s also “mid-budget” to “high-end” camping or “glamping.”

These are more expensive than traditional camping but are a great gateway to the camping experience for people who aren’t ready to go full into self-sustained camping. You can find some decent options at reasonable prices, though, so it’s still a cheap accommodation option.

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This is an excellent way to spend some time out of the hustle and bustle of the city and feel relaxed and surrounded by nature.

8. Home Exchange

Another good cheap accommodation option is Home Exchange. The name says it all; you switch places with another person or family in another country.

This is common among older solo travelers doing home exchange because they are most likely to own a home. Also, this is a great way to live cheaply in another country.

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One of the biggest fears of Home Exchange is the security of their home, but think about this, the other family is entrusting you their home the same way you are entrusting yours.

Also, sites that facilitate home exchange have various levels of security and verification that let you know that you are dealing with someone real. You can go to and find more information about this cheap accommodation option.

9. House Sitting

Similar to home exchange, you’re staying at someone’s home for free, but in this case, you’re not switching homes. You’re just staying at someone’s home on the condition that you will take care of it, feed and walk their pets (should they have any), water their plants, etc.

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Before committing to the house-sitting and/or pet-sitting conditions, you and the house owner discuss them. And in some cases, you are even paid to do the work required while staying at their place for free. Win!

Two good sites to find these house-sitting opportunities are and Like with Airbnb and HomeExchange, you must create an account and verify your profile.

10. Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing, apart from being free, is one of the most culturally rich methods of staying in a country. This works by contacting someone in the country you are visiting and asking if they can host you.

Depending on your host, they can offer you a room with a bed, or share a room with them, an air mattress, or couch, etc. One of the best things about Couchsurfing is the direct exposure to the local culture with the aid of your host.

Many hosts spend their time with their guests showing them around the city and pointing out good and not-so-touristy places to go.

It is commonly asked how safe it is to stay at a stranger’s house in another country. While nothing is guaranteed, I can say (having done it myself several times) that it is pretty safe.

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People who welcome you to their homes are also open-minded and travelers. They are in for a cultural exchange and the enjoyment of good company.

The safest way to do this is by visiting and setting up a profile. You must fill in all the information about yourself (like interests, hobbies, a little bit about yourself, etc.) because your host will want to know a little bit about you before committing to hosting you.

At the same time, you will want to see your prospect host’s information to get an idea of who they are. It is even more desirable if the person is verified using an address, credit card, or by other travelers.

The site also shows reviews of your host from previous travelers. Those reviews give you an idea if this person can be an option to stay with.

Again, primarily young people do Couchsurfing, although you can find couchsurfers of all ages all around the world. In this other post, I share more tips for using Couchsurfing to travel the world cheaply.

11. Staying with Friends and Family

Well, now it’s an excellent time to get in touch with your distant family and friends to find that desired free stay. Just be sure to contact them ahead of time, be grateful while staying with them, and keep in touch after you leave.

They are doing you a big favor, so it is courteous to send a thank you note from another place on your trip or after you finish your journey.

12. Being a Vagrant

Although it is not recommended for many reasons (and on top of the list is security), many laid-back travelers choose to spend a night or two as a vagrant around the city. It’s the only option for totally free accommodation.

Some of the “safest” places to stay are airports, train stations, and bus stations. But you can sleep on benches, parks, beaches, wherever…

Throughout my years of travel, I’ve slept in buses, airports, bus stations, in the car, and even on the sidewalk in front of a gas station (just once in Greece).

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Most of the time, I do this to save a few dollars on a night I know I won’t be using entirely at a hotel or hostel, whether it’s because I got there too late or I have to leave too early (to the airport, the bus terminal, etc.).

Although it is highly improbable, there is a slight chance of getting fined or arrested for doing this (if it is against the law in that country).

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So far, I haven’t heard of anyone going through that unfortunate ordeal, but it’s good to be aware. And again, this is NOT recommended regularly, but it saves money if you’re short on cash since it is free accommodation.

Final Thoughts on Cheap Accommodation

These are some of the most common accommodation options out there. What do you think is the best one for your trip style and budget? And while you’re busy creating your perfect travel itinerary, remember to avoid these common travel mistakes.

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What is the most preferred accommodation for low budget tourist? ›

Hostels. Hostels are the most accessible cheap accommodation for budget travelers. Hostels have a variety of rooms that go from private to 30+ mixed bed bunks. The bigger the room, the more people you sleep with, and the cheaper the cost.

What is the best app for booking cheap hotels? ›

If you want to book the perfect stay, use one of these hotel apps
  • Best hotel app overall. View now.
  • Airbnb. Best hotel app for private stays. View now.
  • Hostelworld. Best hotel app for hostels. View now.
  • Best hotel app for cheap hotels. View now.
  • HotelTonight. Best hotel app for last-minute stays. View now.
Feb 1, 2023

Do hotels get cheaper closer to stay? ›

Since hotels are always aiming to maximize their occupancy rate, many will decrease their rates if they aren't meeting their expected targets. That's why you'll often see hotels dropping their prices a few days before a check-in date or on the day of arrival.

Which website is best for accommodation? ›

The 17 Best Websites for Booking Hotels at the Cheapest Prices [2023]
  • Agoda.
  • Travelocity.
  • Tripadvisor.
  • Google Hotel Search.
  • Skyscanner Hotels.
  • HotelTonight.
  • Hopper.
  • Trivago.
Jan 24, 2023

What are the cheapest days to rent a hotel? ›

Cheapest Day to Book Hotel Reservations

Most travel agencies agree that the cheapest days to book hotels are Fridays and Saturdays. While these are the most expensive days for actually checking in and out, the best hotel rates are on the days when most people are traveling.

What is 1 example of a reasonable accommodation? ›

Examples of reasonable accommodations include providing interpreters, readers, or other personal assistance; modifying job duties; restructuring work sites; providing flexible work schedules or work sites (i.e. telework) and providing accessible technology or other workplace adaptive equipment.

What can I do instead of staying in a hotel? ›

Here's 12 cheap alternatives to hotels to consider for your next holiday.
  1. Apartment & home rentals. ...
  2. Academic housing. ...
  3. Religious housing. ...
  4. Boat houses. ...
  5. Homestays or couchsurfing. ...
  6. Timeshares & vacation home rentals. ...
  7. Volunteering. ...
  8. Work abroad on farms, cruise ships & more.
Nov 8, 2020

Do you get a better room if you book direct with hotel? ›

Advantages of Booking a Hotel Directly

You can often find better rates by booking directly, too — a concern for budget-conscious travelers. By calling a hotel directly, you find out about any specials perks or packages they have available. In some cases, you can get a better room for the same amount of money.

Is it cheaper to book a hotel directly or through booking com? ›

It's Cheaper to Book Direct

When you book directly with the hotel, there are no hidden fees. Using third-party booking services has additional fees that you may on top of the rate. Online travel agents also charge a commission, which could be up to 20% of the booking, from the hotel.

Can you get a better rate by calling a hotel? ›

Calling last-minute to score a cheap room is great when it works, but sometimes you do need to book ahead online. Your best bet is to open an Incognito browser window. Some travel companies keep track of what you've searched for and will increase prices the next time you visit the site.

Which travel booking site is the cheapest? ›

The 12 Best Websites for Booking Flights at the Cheapest Prices [January 2023]
  • Book Direct Through the Airline's Website.
  • Momondo.
  • Kayak.
  • Expedia.
  • Priceline.
  • Orbitz.
  • Agoda.
  • Hotwire.
Jan 23, 2023

Is Expedia cheaper than booking? ›

Rather than booking directly through the airline, doing it through Expedia can save travelers money. In many cases, Expedia can offer flight tickets cheaper than the airlines. Because third-party services often get a bulk discount, they can sell their flight deals for less than the average ticket prices.

What time is cheapest to book a hotel? ›

Book close to arrival

That's not just a fluke. Kayak data shows rates tend to drop the closer it gets to check-in time — but not too close. “Our data shows that waiting until you're about two weeks out from checking in is when we do see prices sort of starting to drop,” Clarke said.

What day is best to reserve hotels? ›

In short, remember that getting the best deal on a hotel room comes down to a few basic rules: Make your bookings on a more favorable day of the week (try Tuesday or the weekend), try for last minute if you can, travel off-season whenever possible, and avoid checking in on Friday.

Is it better to book a hotel online or in person? ›

Customer service: If something goes wrong with your trip or your stay, you'll get better customer service if you book directly through the hotel. That's because hotels give priority to reservations made directly with them since they didn't have to pay a commission fee.

Which is better Expedia or booking? ›

Expedia operates mainly in the U.S. while Booking is the undisputed leader in Europe with a 70.60% market share. Although both companies make money in the same way, the commissions they earn in percentage terms are different because the hotel market in which they operate is not the same.

Which is better Expedia or hotels com? › had the best rates in 620 instances, which was slightly higher than Expedia, which had the cheapest rates in 579 instances.

Are Airbnb or hotels cheaper? ›

For solo travellers and couples, Airbnbs are typically more expensive (though NerdWallet's study only looked at "entire place" properties, so people sharing a room or home might still save). NerdWallet compared the price per head for Airbnbs with a maximum capacity of two adults against a hotel room in the same city.

What is the cheapest day to check out of a hotel? ›

According to the website's data, a Sunday check-in is the cheapest, followed by Monday and Tuesday.
Kayak's Global Hotel Study Findings for Domestic Travel.
Cheapest day to book a hotelFriday/Saturday
Cheapest hotel check-out dayFriday
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Apr 9, 2019

What are the four types of accommodation? ›

Accommodations are typically grouped into four categories: presentation, response, setting, and timing and scheduling.

What are the 5 common means of reasonable accommodation? ›

What types of accommodations are generally considered reasonable?
  • Change job tasks.
  • Provide reserved parking.
  • Improve accessibility in a work area.
  • Change the presentation of tests and training materials.
  • Provide or adjust a product, equipment, or software.
  • Allow a flexible work schedule.

What is not considered a reasonable accommodation? ›

4. What accommodations are not considered reasonable? Reasonable accommodation does not include removing essential job functions, creating new jobs, and providing personal need items such as eye glasses and mobility aids.

Is there anything cheaper than a hotel? ›

Apartment or House Rentals

It Can Save You Money – You can usually find rentals much cheaper than hotels, especially if you are in a large group. Better Amenities – Apartment and house rentals typically have amenities that might not be available to you in a hotel, such as a kitchen or a washer and dryer.

Where to sleep when you can't afford a hotel? ›

  • 11 Awesome Ways To Sleep Completely For Free While Travelling The World. ...
  • #1 - Use hospitality exchange platforms. ...
  • #3 - Stay with a lover. ...
  • #5 - Sleep under the stars on beach sun loungers. ...
  • #8 - Sleep in monasteries, nunneries & churches. ...
  • #9 - Take advantage of sleeper buses and trains. ...
  • #10 - Sleep in bus and train stations.

What to do if you can't sleep at a hotel? ›

Check your pillows, mattress, and curtains to make sure you're satisfied. Then, set a cool room temperature — between 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit — ideal for sleeping. If you're still feeling restless, anxious, or stressed on your night away, try some relaxation techniques to calm your body and promote better sleep.

How do you talk a hotel down in price? ›

Though it's best to phone ahead, you can negotiate on arrival. If you walk in without a reservation and are unhappy with the rate you are quoted, tell the desk clerk and ask if there is a lower rate or offer a rate that you are willing to pay. Always wait until the desk is not busy.

Is it rude to ask for a different hotel room? ›

However you always are within your rights as a guest to request a different room for any reason at all be it a better view, a different size bed or just not loving your room. Do keep in mind that the hotel might not always be able to accommodate these changes but many will try.

Do hotel prices go up the more you look? › and Expedia (also common ownership) return hotel lists in differing order, and they steer some apparently random user groups toward higher-priced hotels. Everyone sees the same prices, however, so the researchers conclude there is no price differentiation.

How do you get a secret price on hotels com? ›

You can unlock Member Prices in 2 ways:
  1. Become a® Rewards member.
  2. Download the® app.

What are the disadvantages of booking com? ›

The Cons of Using for Guests
  • Budget hotels can often be sterile and less spacious. ...
  • Budget hotels are usually poorly located. ...
  • is nearly always more expensive than Airbnb.
Jan 5, 2020

What are the disadvantages of booking a room online? ›

Disadvantages of an Online Booking System
  • You need internet access. Reliable internet access is required to check reservations and add bookings that are made over the phone. ...
  • You need to be ready for an influx of new customers. ...
  • Not all online booking systems are created equal.

How do you value a hotel in 60 seconds? ›

Essentially all you need to do is divide the total sales price by the number of rooms to arrive at a PPR (Price Per Room) value.

What is the most reliable travel booking site? ›

Overall, the best website for traveling is Expedia. It's one of the biggest and most trusted booking sites in the world, covering everything from flights and hotels to cruises and car rentals. Expedia is the world's leading online travel service, so it's no surprise that it's also among the best websites for traveling.

What is the most popular booking site? › is the most visited Travel and Tourism website in the world in January 2023, attracting nearly 492.7M monthly visits. With second-placed receiving 138.3M visits in the same period. also performed strongly, generating nearly 78.4M visits.

How do I find the cheapest hotel and flight? ›

The best flights and hotel deals are found on KAYAK, momondo and Cheapflights. These top three sites search various sites to find the best deals, including Priceline and eDreams. We recommend other sites for great value deals for consumers from the USA, including Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz, and CheapTickets.

What day is Expedia the cheapest? ›

“While the best day of the week to book has been Sunday for the past four years, travelers saved 5% more on average in 2022 compared to 2021,” the report notes. Expedia also recommends booking domestic flights at least a month in advance — or six months for international flights — for 10% savings on average.

How can I get a cheaper deal on Expedia? ›

To take advantage of this, make sure to check out the “Daily Deals” on Expedia's website. These flights and hotels book about a week in advance, so it's a spontaneous plan, but they are often as much as 40% off the original price!

What is the difference between Expedia and Travelocity? ›

Travelocity offers booking for flights, hotels, vacation rentals, rental cars, cruises and things to do. And no, you're not seeing double. Expedia owns Travelocity, which may explain why the two homepages look almost exactly the same.

What are cheaper than hotels? ›

Here's 12 cheap alternatives to hotels to consider for your next holiday.
  • Apartment & home rentals. ...
  • Academic housing. ...
  • Religious housing. ...
  • Boat houses. ...
  • Homestays or couchsurfing. ...
  • Timeshares & vacation home rentals. ...
  • Volunteering. ...
  • Work abroad on farms, cruise ships & more.
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How can I sleep somewhere for free? ›

Free Accommodations for any Budget Traveler
  1. Couchsurfing: Sleep for Free on Local Couches. ...
  2. Language Exchanges: Free Accommodations in Exchange for your First Language. ...
  3. Work Exchanges: Free Lodging for Manual Labor. ...
  4. Housesitting: Free Sleep for Pet Sitting.

What can I do instead of going to a hotel? ›

7 Hotel Alternatives to Consider Checking Into for Your Next Trip
  • Homestays. Homestays, through rental companies like Airbnb, have saturated the market in recent years. ...
  • Home Exchanges. ...
  • Couch Surfing. ...
  • Hostels. ...
  • Camping. ...
  • Religious Housing. ...
  • Academic Housing.

Is it cheaper to do airbnb or hotel? ›

For solo travellers and couples, Airbnbs are typically more expensive (though NerdWallet's study only looked at "entire place" properties, so people sharing a room or home might still save). NerdWallet compared the price per head for Airbnbs with a maximum capacity of two adults against a hotel room in the same city.

What is the cheapest day to stay in a hotel? ›

Most travel agencies agree that the cheapest days to book hotels are Fridays and Saturdays.

Why is Airbnb better than hotel? ›

Airbnbs are usually more affordable and give you a better feel for the area you're visiting. But they lack the safety, atmosphere, and amenities that standard hotels have in spades. Additionally, with all of Airbnb's fees these days, hotels end up being almost in the same price range.

Is it cheaper to book a hotel through the hotel? ›

If it's feasible, wait until the day you need the hotel room to book it. The later in the day, the better. After 4 p.m., hotels know the odds of selling a room are pretty slim, so you're more likely to get an even lower rate. On average, the same-day rate of a hotel room is 10% cheaper than booking in advance.

Where to sleep when you have nowhere to go? ›

Seven Places Homeless People Sleep
  • Storage Units. Many have called storage units the modern-day cardboard box. ...
  • Cars. When your home is on four wheels, it's impossible to sit still. ...
  • Motels. ...
  • Tent Cities. ...
  • Streets and Parks. ...
  • Abandoned Buildings. ...
  • Couches.

What sleep app is totally free? ›

PrimeNap Sleep Tracker

Don't worry Android users, we have free sleep apps with tracking capabilities that are only for you as well. Enter PrimeNap. This app comes with sensor-assisted sleep tracking and an activity log so you can see how your day's choices affect your sleeping patterns.

What is a place you can stay at overnight that usually has a low cost room which is typically shared with multiple people it is meant to serve as a social space? ›

A hostel is a lower-priced inn of sorts that offers basic, shared accommodations. Typically, a hostel features a large room with separate beds, a shared bathroom, and a communal kitchen. Some hostels have private rooms, but the lower-cost ones generally offer bunk beds.


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