The ultimate one-step guide to saving money on hotels

The ultimate one-step guide to saving money on hotels

This tip is simple and it can save you hundreds — or even thousands — of dollars.

Hotels can quickly eat away at your travel budget. A decent hotel in a city can easily be $300 a night. Even AirBnB prices climb pretty high, especially once you add in all the fees. Sure, you can save money by picking a cheap motel (at your own risk) or staying at a hotel outside of town (and dealing with traffic and parking).

There’s a way to save money on hotels without worrying about hacking your credit card points or joining every loyalty program possible or buying through sketchy third party sites. 

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