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Four Crucial Hotel Booking Tips!  Also check out How to Book Airline Tickets like a Pro

So I’m a sucker for hotel status. I just having an edge wherever I go. I want to get the best room, best service, and I don’t want to have to wait in line like everybody else. I know I’m a spoiled brat.

While you shouldn’t go crazy to earn hotel status, if you’re staying  in hotels more than 10 nights a year, you should definitely make it work in your favor.

So first decide which hotel chain works best for you. I wrote up about it extensively HERE.

Rule #1: Always book directly from the Hotel’s website. Unlike Airline tickets Hotels know where you booked your room and they punish you for not booking it with them as they assume you won’t be loyal to their brand anyway.  So unless it’s a stand alone hotel (i.e. boutique or non chain hotel) don’t bother with Hotels.com or Orbitz.com.

Rule #2: Even though you’re booking through the Hotel’s website, make sure to check Ebates and TopCashBack to see if they offer any cashback for the hotel chain you’re booking with.

Rule #3 Discount codes! Most hotel websites have a AAA rate. Not always cheaper  but worth checking. Hilton offers an MVP corporate rate that can be accessed HERE. Here is a comprehensive list of Hotel corporate codes. Please use them at your own risk.

Rule #4: Hotel prices fluctuate very often. So always keep on checking for lower rates. Even after you book! Most hotel reservations are cancelable up until 1-2 days before you check in. For e.g. in NYC during the week you’ll see prices above $400 for simple mid level hotels. But if you wait until the day of to book it goes down exponentially.