There is a lot to consider when you’re planning a trip. Right after you decide where you’re going, you need to think about where you’re going to stay. Finding a hotel room for a good price can be a bit stressful, especially if you’re not familiar with online booking or the numerous discount websites vying for you attention.
Today, we usually find the majority of hotel deals and bargains on the aforementioned booking websites — hotels.com, priceline.com, booking.com — along with outside sites like Groupon and Living Social. Yes, you will come across great deals, especially if you book an airfare/hotel, but the truth is that a good old-fashioned phone call to the front desk may be just as rewarding.
Remember that timing is everything. Once you have decided on your destination, you should book your hotel room immediately. The best time to book is on Tuesdays around 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, says Yijen Liu, vice president of product for Mezi, the personal travel concierge app. “This time and day gives you access to the best deals.” Traveling on off-peak days and times will also help you beat the crowds and inflated prices, she adds.