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If you’re planning a vacation there are many decisions to make. Most of those decisions can wind up costing you more than a few dollars. By choosing the right hotel you’ll be able to save lots of money on your room and can use more of your vacation savings for having fun.

Travel during the Off Season

Most destinations have a peak season. During this time the price of a hotel room can skyrocket. By avoiding these times you’ll be able to get a room for much less. For example you may travel to a summer destination in the fall you’re more likely to get a discounted price.

Find a Hotel Close to Your Destination

Booking a hotel room in a nearby city or town may get you a lower price. While there are many hotels in Orlando, booking in nearby cities will get you a lower rate. While this does mean you’ll need to drive a few more minutes to get to the attractions, the savings can be significant.

Coupons and Special Offers

Many clubs and associations offer discounts on travel and hotels. AAA membership includes many offers that can save you money on hotels. Entertainment discount books also offers discounts on hotel rooms. Check to see what offers are available, using this with the first two tips can save you a significant amount of money on your next vacation.

Join Hotel Loyalty Clubs

Most hotels have loyalty programs. Join the club for any hotel you stay in. In time you can accrue enough points to get free nights or other travel bonuses. Also these programs often send emails to their members for last minute hotel discounts. If you’re open to last-minute travel this can work well for you.

Look For Deals Online

Online bookers offer a wide variety of incentives to use their program. They also afford you the opportunity of getting great discounts on package deals and last minute savings., Travelocity, splendia and kayak, all offer you the chance to stay at a hotel for less.

You can use these tips individually or together to save money on your next vacation. Whether you're traveling alone or with family and friends, for business or for pleasure, it's always nice to save some cash. Who knows, you may be able to save enough on your hotel to stay on an extra day or two.

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