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SJ is a regular travel contributor to YourLifeChoices. Her favourite travel ritual is an afternoon Aperol Spritz, preferably enjoyed pool or beach side.

SJ Fallick

 

Aside from the fact that travel requires both money and time – arguably two of the most sought after things – there are few reasons why one would not spend more time jet setting. And when it comes to travel, the aim of the game is most definitely to squeeze as much out of your precious dollars as possible.

 

If you’re anything like me, you probably hate to think how much time you’ve actually spent refreshing Skyscanner researching flights and scouring the web for the best hotel deal, all the while wondering if there’s a best day to book. Well, wonder no more. Last year we shared the best day of the week to book flights, and now we happily present you with the best day of the week to book hotels.



 

Expedia, the well-known travel website, recently analysed its own data to discover that the best day to book a hotel is Sunday. By making reservations on a Sunday you are likely to get a better rate than if you were to book on other days of the week.

 

 

This is an interesting contrast to the research from Expedia last year that found that Tuesday was the best day to book flights in order to get the best possible fare.

 

For your next trip, do your research on any day of the week, but save booking your flight until Sunday and book a hotel on Tuesday. We’ve also got another great tip that involves using a private internet window to further ensure you get the best price.

 

Do you have any tips for getting the best possible rates when it comes to travel?


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tikiroo
7th Jan 2017
5:26am
Your comments confuse me !
Which day is best for what ?

Expedia, the well-known travel website, recently analysed its own data to discover that

the best day to book a hotel is ***SUNDAY***.

By making reservations on a Sunday you are likely to get a better rate than if you were to book on other days of the week.

This is an interesting contrast to the research from Expedia last year that found that

***TUESDAY*** was the best day to book flights

in order to get the best possible fare.

For your next trip, do your research on any day of the week,

but save booking your flight until ***SUNDAY***
and book a hotel on ***TUESDAY.

We’ve also got another great tip that involves using a private internet window to further ensure you get the best price.

Regards, Frank
heyyybob
7th Jan 2017
11:51am
Agree. Seems someone failed to proof read the article :(
BD
7th Jan 2017
6:53am
Totally agree Tilkiroo/Frank, yet another totally confusing bit of advice from YLC. Frankly the site is becoming totally useless to its intended audience, There are better websites around for seniors I am very likely to stop receiving this constant drivel from YLC it's basically getting totally useless regarding any real information......does anyone read YLC articles before publication.......this one, like many others is total nonsense!!!!
aocal
7th Jan 2017
9:07am
Hi BD, What other sites for seniors do you recommend? Thanks
bobbalinda
7th Jan 2017
7:33am
Thought it was me glad to know others are just as confused and I too find this site disappointing lately.
Franky
7th Jan 2017
8:43am
Highly doubtful! Being in the travel industry conducting tours I have not found such a difference.
heyyybob
7th Jan 2017
11:44am
Agree Franky :)
Rae
7th Jan 2017
9:21am
I've found you can often negotiate a much cheaper rate by ringing the motel/hotel direct and avoiding the booking fees.
heyyybob
7th Jan 2017
11:46am
Agree Raer. Plus I have been able to get some very good deals via Vouchers (Groupon, Scoopon etc) ..... by ring hotels negotiating with them - deal against their best offer ;) Fun, both ways.
heyyybob
7th Jan 2017
11:50am
p.s. meant to mention I email (Contact us) the hotel/accomms with my request and that seems to work even better. With a 'paper trail' someone whose job it is can make the decision (Rsvn mngr etc) instead of the busy/committed/lazy/indifferent staff who answers the phone SOMETIMES :)
Busybees
7th Jan 2017
10:36am
the best way to book a motel/hotel in Australia??? Ring and book directly with the motel of your choice. OTA (online travel agents) are NOT always the cheaper option. The best way to find and book is to type "accommodation and the town/city" This will bring up a page with various websites AND a google map with little red beds. Check the map to see where you would like to stay, (e.g: near the hospital etc) and click on the beds in that vicinity, it will not only tell you the name but also on the left hand side, it will give you an average tariff, reviews and contact details. read the reviews, look at the photos and then ring the motel, ask them if they still have rooms available and their asking price. Should they say its dearer, then mention that you have an online price and will they match it? 99% of the time they will, unless it is a big conglomerate motel where they have more than 2 receptionists. The OTAs charge the accommodation providers anywhere between 12-25% and the big 2 send all their commission offshore without paying any tax. ALL travel agents charge a commission but the Aussie ones pay tax on it, which STAYS in Australia as opposed to go the US!!!
WAY TO GO Rae!! love your comment it just reinforces what I have said!!
cheers
Onemore
18th Jan 2017
8:16pm
I was caught out a couple of weeks ago with Wotif. I booked a hotel through their website and of course my credit card was hit straight away.
On arriving at the said Dump, the noise was so overbearing and having been told that it was to continue over the weekend I decided to check out the next morning.
So found another place nearby no noise and was very happy with it.
I called the first hotel and informed them that I had checked out because of the partying going on all night at the other rooms and that I would bring the key back before midday.
When I handed the key in the day manager said it was a very noisy night and that was it, no apology, no money back as it was up to the owner to make that decision, and he wouldn't be back until Monday.
When I called Monday I was told that he had gone on holidays for a week and that I should call back then,
So I called Wotif, who explained that because I had stayed one night there was nothing they could do.
Then I called a solicitor who said the same thing, I had stayed one night so no legal action can be taken.
The manager came back a week later and reimbursed me 50 percent of the remainder.
Wotif, last minute and all the rest of them never again.
Airbnb here I come.
Sorry about the lengthy post.
Busybees
19th Jan 2017
10:22am
Good morning Onemore,


What a terrible experience you had, and I do feel for you, but may I suggest you do a little more homework BEFORE you book anywhere!! This applies for a one night stay or a month holiday, because no-one deserves to have a bad experience like this.

My advice to you is that you, read at least 10 reviews BEFORE you book. At least 10 so that you are getting a good overall view. You can tell the scam ones quite easily from the real ones. Also if you use the google map, like I previously suggested, you can see where you are situated in relation to pubs/clubs etc., again you can make an informed choice before you book.

I also suggest that you read the "fine print" or the "special conditions" that are printed on the online travel agent websites. It is here you find the payment and cancellation policies so you know just what you are paying/losing BEFORE you book. Some sites flash "book now pay later" to entice you to book with them, only to find this is in direct contradiction to the motel policy. Some also state "no credit card fees", which in all honesty there is not an actual credit card fee, but there is a financial fee.

Before you jump from the motel industry to the airbnb industry, remember that the airbnb even though maybe cheaper, don't have the regulations and requirements that the motel industry does. I believe safety is priority over price. I have heard some horror stories from there too!!

The best advice is ALWAYS do your homework and the ring and book DIRECTLY. I do hope everyone who is reading this not only follows the advice but passes it on to all your family and friends so that they don't caught like poor "onemore"

cheers
Onemore
19th Jan 2017
6:46pm
Busybees,
Thanks for your tips all taken onboard.

Of course I am willing to take this on the chin, my mistake move on, what I really found surprising is the fact that there is no recourse in my situation to get a full refund of my money, of course deduct one nights accommodation no problem, money for nothing for them.


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