While Jane is away, she invited me to submit a guest post. I blog over at Fishing4Deals, about how to travel cheap, save money, and have fun. My focus is on budget, domestic travel, and I fancy myself as the Priceline Queen.
Priceline is my workhorse for finding cheap hotel rooms. I usually have pretty good luck booking rooms at half the going rate. I love the thrill of the chase, and the suspense of wondering if my low bid will be accepted.
There are some times though, when my best efforts on Priceline have failed, and I need to find a room for the night.
Last Minute Rooms with HotelCoupons.com
If you like to do road trips, you’ve probably seen those hotel coupon magazines they give away at highway rest stops, gas stations and fast food joints. They used to be called RoomSaver, but they have rebranded as Hotel Coupons, and they are online at HotelCoupons.com.
Okay, I know what you’re thinking: those coupons are just for one star hotels like Rodeway Inn, Days Inn, or Econolodge. Not so.
Not Just One Star Motels
To be sure, you will find many offers for roadside motels that cluster near the exits on the Interstate, but you can also find coupons for last minute stays with solid mid-range chains like Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, or Fairfield Inn.
You can also find coupons in some markets for upper-mid-range hotels like Crowne Plaza, Embassy Suites, or Homewood Suites.
But what may surprise you is that you can sometimes find coupons for independent hotels, at rates far below the regular walk-in rate. When we were exploring the Oregon Coast, for example, we found lovely beachfront hotels in Seaside and Newport through the coupon guide. These were not cookie-cutter chain hotels, but nice places with real local flavor.
Would you believe that one of the most vaunted hotels in Washington, DC, the historic Willard Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, is also listed on HotelCoupons.com? The Willard is a five star hotel!
Needless to say, you should always shop around to make sure you are getting the best possible rate.
Be aware, also, that the hotel will not always honor the coupon rate.
Earn IHG Points on the Coupon Rate
If you book rooms with most online travel agencies like Hotwire or Priceline, you will not earn loyalty points for your stay. HotelCoupons.com has an arrangement with IHG properties: you will receive the IHG Best Rate Guarantee and IHG Rewards Club points for rooms booked via HotelCoupons.com. The IHG family of hotels includes Staybridge Suites, Holiday Inns, Crown Plazas, and Intercontinental Hotels, among others.
Have you scored any deals with roadside coupons?
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