5 tricks to get the best hotel deals

Last updated: February 3rd, 2019

1. Use price comparison sites

I can’t emphasise enough: Start your hotel search on a price comparison site, they do the hard work for you! HotelsCombined and Trivago are my favorites. Tip: Make sure to create an account on HotelsCombined.com and search for hotels when signed in. For some hotels you’ll see secret deals which are only available when you’re logged on.

2. Use discount codes

Booking.com discount
Compare the lowest hotel rates you found via e.g. HotelsCombined.com with the rates using discount codes at FlyerTalk.

3. Use cashback sites

Did you know you can earn money with your hotel bookings? Using cashback sites, you can get up to 20% back of the money you spend on hotel bookings!

  1. Create a cashback site account
  2. Use the cashback site search function to find the booking site
  3. Click on the link and earn cashback!

The cashback sites I use:
Quidco (cashback in GBP via PayPal) booking sites
Mr Rebates (cashback in USD via PayPal) booking sites

4. Use HotelTonight

Before you hit that booking button, make sure to check hotel prices on HotelTonight. If it’s your first time using the HotelTonight app, discount code BALAPERS will give you another $25 or €20 off. You can book 100 days ahead using the HotelTonight app.

5. Use Airbnb: up to €79 / $90 discount

35 euro airbnb discount code
If you haven’t used Airbnb before, now is the time to sign-up. Airbnb has temporarily increased the sign-up bonus for new users to €35 ($40) travel credit which can be used for a first time booking of €65 ($75) or more. Even if you don’t intent to make a booking right now, sign-up to secure your €35 ($40) travel credit.
44 euro free travel credit for airbnb business stay
Both new and existing Airbnb users can earn €44 ($50) travel credit by using Airbnb for a business trip. Aren’t we all entrepreneurs these days? 😉 Just add your business email address to your profile via Airbnb for Business and book a “Business trip” (make sure to select Business travel as purpose of the trip). After your business trip, you’ll receive a €44 ($50) coupon code which can be used for any Airbnb booking. Note that your business email address can’t be a public domain. (ex: gmail.com, hotmail.com)

9 Comments on “5 tricks to get the best hotel deals

  1. Pingback: 10 Tips For Better Travel in 2018 | bart.la

  2. Hi Bart,
    thx for the useful tips. Am I correct that it isn’t possible to combine a promo code and a cashback site?

    • Hi Kristof,

      Depends on the promo code / link. The combination sometimes works. You’ll always receive the discount of the promo codes, but for the cashback you’ll need to wait until a few days after the stay to see if it ‘posts’ or not.

  3. Hello Bart,

    When I want to make a lastminute booKing I sign up the hotel and give my rate I want to pay. And with succes. Of course realistic privé! Greetings from Sardinia. Claudine

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