For frequent travellers, there are two cost components that get more attention: airline tickets and accommodation. Finding airline tickets and lodging at a budget-friendly price is something that is challenging.
Here are seven tips to get the price of airline tickets and hotel room rates that fit the budget.
1. Go Vacation At Low Season Period
Choosing the right vacation time is one way to get cheap airfare and lodging rates. Go vacation during low season can reduce the cost of our expenses because the price of airline tickets and hotel rooms can be cheaper.
How do we know when the low season?
The low season time usually occurs during the weekdays (Monday to Friday). While the weekend, let alone a long weekend known as the high season period.
If you want to travel to Europe, the low season period is usually between November and March. For Asia, low season varies for each country. For Indonesia, January to March is known as the right vacation time, when many hotels usually do promotion during those months.
You can do a little research in advance to find out when the right time to do a vacation that fits your budget.
2. Cost Sharing
If you are single, going on holiday with friends is also a cost-effective way to get a good lodging, because we can share our accomodation cost, while the plane ticket is still paid respectively.
3. Finding a Newly Open Hotel
One more way we can do is find a new hotel open. Do research on newly opened hotels at your destination. Because usually, the launch of the new hotel will give special rates and promos.
4. Stay at Capsule Hotel or Backpacker Hotel
Currently there are many hotel capsules available where the ‘rooms’ are only bed-sized. There are several bathrooms available that can be used interchangeably, and lockers to store our personal belongings. If you want a cheaper cost of accommodation, you can choose to stay at this property type.
Another option is a hostel or hotel packpacker. The rooms offered usually contain multiple bunk beds lined up in the room. The security side needs to get your attention while staying at a hotel like this, and you may feel less privacy. But the fun is you can meet new people to get to know each other, share experiences or even be your traveling companion in the city.
If traveling with friends, staying at a more expensive hotel may be better, because the cost can be shared. But if traveling alone in a backpacker style, staying at the Hostel or Hotel Capsule is the only option to save money.
5. Booking on Last Minutes
Some say the hotel’s reservation on the first day we would like to stay at the hotel will cause the price to be expensive. Apparently it’s not true. Sometimes the hotel lowered the price on that day to keep the hotel’s occupancy rate remains high. They prefer to lower the price of the room rather than being left empty, especially if the reservation is made through an online travel agent.
6. Booking via Travel Agent Online
You should not make a reservation directly at the hotel, but through travel agents. Why? Because usually the price is cheaper than if booked directly at the hotel.
Currently there are many online travel agency sites like Booking.com, Tiket.com, Traveloka, Pegipegi and others. We can open one by one those sites to find the cheapest lodging prices or promo.
If you are a bit lazy to check one by one in every online travel agency, you must read the tip no. 7.
7. Search Hotel and Flight Ticket via Xelexi
This is one of the best ways to find the cheapest accommodation prices. We do not have to bother to open and search on each of the travel sites one by one. We can use the services provided by the hotel price comparison website.
One of the hotel price comparison sites is Xelexi. The name Xelexi comes from the word ‘selection’, which means the tool to choose or select.
This site can be accessed through Xelexi.com in English or Xelexi.id in Bahasa Indonesia. In addition to hotel searches, Xelexi also provides cheap airline ticket search services from hundreds of online travel agents and airlines.
You can read How To Find The Best Deal Hotels Price on the following page: How The Hotel Comparison Sites Work
Well.. Are you ready to find a hotel for your next vacation?