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Travel experts reveal three ways to find hotel rooms even when they’re ‘sold out’

Travel experts reveal three ways to find hotel rooms even when they’re ‘sold out’

TRAVEL experts have given their top tips on how to score a luxury hotel room, even if they claim to be sold out online or almost impossible to book.

Ahead of a busy summer of traveling to major sporting events, glamorous beach vacations or simply city breaks, finding a hotel room can often be the trickiest but most crucial part.

Travel experts have given their best tips on how to score a luxury hotel room, even if they claim to be sold out online or are almost impossible to book.Credit: Getty
Some websites don’t always display the correct information, meaning you could miss out on the perfect hotel room.Credit: Getty

The Points Guy’s first tip is to always consider contacting the hotel you want to stay at, even if it claims to be fully booked online.

They say many travel hotspots are hampered by how search engines work, meaning some rooms don’t always show up in an internet search.

By booking directly with the hotel, over the phone or even in person, you will not only be able to get the full layout of available rooms that a website cannot display, but you will also be able to find a good deal.

Ellie Nan Storck, hotel content editor at The Point Guy, said: “Search engines aren’t always 100% accurate, and you may be able to negotiate a rate, depending on the amount of work you need to do. you want to spend on it. »

Another bold option for traveling thrill-seekers is to simply walk into a hotel and ask for availability at the front desk.

A second tip given was to use third-party booking sites instead of going directly through the hotel’s website.

Travel agencies like Expedia or Booking.com are more popular than ever because they can offer last minute bookings at a discounted price.

They are updated more regularly than an official hotel website in most cases, meaning you can get a room hours before you need it.

But booking a flight with a hotel room also has advantages thanks to these types of websites.

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Henry Harteveldt, founder of travel industry analytics firm Atmosphere Research, said: “Many airlines partner with Booking, Expedia and others for accommodation content. Sometimes these rates can be reduced.

“It might be worth exploring them to see if there are hotels that meet travelers’ needs for location, quality, price and amenities.

Although The Points Guy did give a warning saying that if you book through a third-party provider, be sure to check the fine print.

As the hotel itself does not sell the package, if you have any major issues you will need to contact the supplier, which can result in several issues.

The lack of face-to-face contact with a human who isn’t there can make problems much more difficult to resolve.

The third and final tip concerns changing your location.

Consider whether you’re willing to move to a city during your trip, as it’s often much easier to get a hotel room for a single night than for an extended period of time.

This especially applies to busy cities like Paris for the Olympics or German cities for the upcoming Olympics. euros.

Consider booking a different hotel room for each night of your trip, all within easy driving or train distance.

Tanner Saunders, the website’s senior hotel reporter, said: “If hotels are hard to find or expensive in an area, try rental a car and explore more of the country you are visiting.

“You may find better deals on the outskirts of town or even in a neighboring town.”

Accommodation may also be cheaper if it is closer to an airport for several reasons such as noise, traffic, and the lack of a major city nearby.

Saunders continued: “Hotels close to an airport are often less expensive.

“Sure, you might have to workout for more than 30 minutes, but you could save a lot money“.

It comes as a flight attendant revealed that saving money on flights is an art – it’s something many people claim to be good at, without offering good solutions.

Her advice included being flexible, avoiding expensive baggage additions, and keeping an eye out for misfarming when your ticket lists an incorrect price.

As millions of undecided Brits are said to suffer from “holiday choice paralysis”.

This is due to too many options when planning a trip – including where to go, where to stay – and how much to spend.

A survey of 2,000 people travelers found that 45 percent are overwhelmed by the high volume of hotel recommendations and 20 percent end up feeling confused.