Company’s research indicates that hotel room booking sites one month in advance is the optimum time. Booking further in advance does not yield cheaper prices, with hotel rooms at their most expensive two to three months in advance. She says that although prices do increase closer to the travel date, they rarely reach the same rate as two to three months before, making last-minute booking a viable option. “We also looked at discrepancies between countries,” she adds. “In general, hotels in Spain should be booked the furthest in advance (up to seven weeks before the travel date), followed by Italy, the UK, Germany and finally France, where hotels can be booked just two weeks in advance for the best prices.” Book a weekend break in a city’s business district, Cities that are popular for business travelers, such as London, Brussels and Zurich, have fantastic room rates at the weekend once the suits have left. You can sometimes find rooms at five-star hotels for under £100 a night. Sunday nights are usually the cheapest night of the week to stay in a city hotel. You’re also more likely to bag an upgrade to a suite when the hotel is quieter on a Sunday, he adds. Christmas and New Year is a particularly quiet period for corporate hotels. The last two weeks in December (excluding New Year’s Eve) and first two weeks in January are usually the least busy.
Hotel room booking sites often have non-refundable early-booking deals, often via comparison and booking websites, which can save a lot of money.
New hotels will book rooms for up to 50% cheaper than they will for following years, says Zoe Cornwall of Islands of Greece.
For the best deals on accommodation, book direct, advises Malcolm Bell, chief executive of Visit Cornwall: “Many hotels, B&BS and cottages offer guests an incentive to book direct rather than through a booking engine or agency. You could be rewarded with a discount, room upgrade or complimentary extra. For example, those who book direct with the Mistral Beach Hotel and Spa in Newquay are offered a free cocktail. Sign up to email newsletters from your favorite travel brands, says Bob Atkinson, because these will let you know when there are special offers, additional discounts, seat sales and other offers. Late or early summer packages are cheapest, often 50% of school holiday prices. He warns: “Don’t travel in the first weeks of the school summer holidays – they are the busiest and most expensive.” “Take full advantage of early hotel room booking sites – the ones that say ‘Book by 29 February’, for example. You may save a couple of hundred pounds by so doing – and all you need to commit to is the deposit, with final balances due usually only 10-12 weeks before you travel”.