How to Get the Best Deal Booking a Hotel

Hotel prices can change from day to day, and it can be frustrating to try to find the best deal amidst all the available resources. Whether you are planning a trip months in advance or looking for a last-minute booking, you can use online tools to compare rates, as well as talk to the hotel directly to find the best possible price to fit your budget. Finding a good hotel in your price range is possible with a little time and effort.

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[Edit]Booking a Room in Advance
Reserve a room in a business hotel to save money. During the summer and on weekends, business hotels are less busy than they are during the week. They may be able to accommodate you at a lower price than traditional hotels because of this.[1]
Checking in on a Thursday or Friday is advantageous because that’s when most business travelers will be heading home.
Browse booking sites to find out about potential deals. These sites do some of the legwork for you in that they can compare multiple locations for your booking. Input the dates you will be arriving and leaving, how many people are in your party, and any other amenities you require (workout facilities, internet access, handicap accessibility).[2]
Sites like Kayak, Expedia, and Priceline will give you an overview of the available hotels at your destination.
Check the hotel’s website directly. Some hotels promise the best pricing when you book directly through them versus through a booking website. Select the dates you’ll be traveling, how many people will be sleeping in the room, and any other details the site asks for. This will show you what pricing looks like so you can compare with other hotels in the area.[3]
If you are unfamiliar with the hotel, look up some reviews to see what other customers have said about the accommodations, cleanliness, and service quality.
Call the hotel directly after you’ve looked at online pricing offers. If you found an online price for a room cheaper than what is offered on the hotel’s website, ask if they are willing to match that price. You can also tell them if you found a less expensive room with a competitor. They may be willing to offer you a different price than what they have listed online in order to secure your business.[4]
This is one of the best ways to get a better deal on pricing.
If you are celebrating a special event, like a wedding, anniversary, or birthday, mention this while you are on the phone. You may get a free room upgrade or a special amenities kit.[5]
Ask about event or group discounts. The hotel may offer senior rates, business traveler rates, veteran rates, discounts for booking more than one room or one night at a time, or discounts if you’re attending a certain event in the area. The only way to find out is to ask![6]
Bundle your flight and hotel together. This can sometimes lead to big savings, but it may make it harder to change your reservations if you have something come up last minute. Look for vacation package deals online or use a travel agent to have someone else do the research work for you.[7]
Sites like Travelocity and Orbitz let you input your travel dates, locations, and preferred travel class and will give you a list of paired flights and hotel bookings that you can choose from.
Some of these bundles will also include a car rental, which could potentially save you even more money!
Join loyalty programs through the hotel or booking websites. If you prefer to stay at a particular hotel, joining their loyalty program can pay off big time. Most programs guarantee the best pricing for members, free Wi-Fi, or free nights for every so many bookings. Similarly, some booking websites will offer a free night for every 10 nights booked.[8]
If you are going to join a loyalty program, pick 1 and stick with it to ensure you are using all the available discounts.[Edit]Securing Last Minute Deals
Take advantage of upgrades by booking later in the day. Hotels want to book as many rooms per night as they can, and later in the evening they will have a good idea of how much availability they have. Check booking websites and the hotel’s website directly to see how much a room would cost that night and to see if there are any last minute deals.[9]
You can also take advantage of booking someone else’s cancelled reservation this way.
This option works best if you are traveling for leisure or by yourself for business, rather than if you are attending a big event or conference. Bigger events mean rooms will be booked up early in the season.
Call the concierge directly rather than the 800 reservation number. The people who work at the hotel are more likely to offer you a discount or upgrade. Be friendly and polite, and don’t be afraid to ask about getting a better price.[10]
Better yet, go to the hotel directly and talk to someone at the desk. Face to face is often a better way to make a connection with someone if you’re asking for a deal.
Stay at a newer hotel to save money. New hotels are looking to get the word out about their hotel and will likely offer discounted prices to drum up more business. You may even be able to book your stay with the manager directly, who can offer a bigger discount.[11]
Stop into these new hotels rather than making a reservation on the phone. This way you can check out the surroundings to make sure they’ll meet your expectations.
Redeem credit card points for hotel bookings. Many credit cards offer travel deals or points that can get you a few bookings for free every year. Using these to make a day-of reservation will give you more flexibility in where you stay because you won’t be as concerned about your budget.[12]
Cards like Discover and Capital One Venture offer cash back money or bonus points that can be redeemed for hotel stays. Check what discounts your current credit card company can give you.
Bid on a room to get a good deal on a last minute booking. Hotels that have available rooms often place them on booking sites with their lowest acceptable booking price. When you’re ready to make a bid, go to a booking site, select your preferred neighborhood and star levels, and the price you’re willing to pay. The name of your hotel won’t be revealed until your bid is accepted.[13]
You have to be okay with leaving things to chance a little bit, but this can be a great way to get a good room for a good price last minute.
Your credit card is charged as soon as your bid is accepted, so you have to be willing to go with the flow to take advantage of this option. You can’t change or cancel the reservation.[Edit]Tips
If booking a room ahead of time, check the cancellation policy—many hotels require a partial payment if you cancel 24-48 hours before your reservation.
Request a corner room—this will give you more square footage for the same price as other rooms in the hotel.[14]
Mention if you are celebrating a special occasion—like a birthday or an anniversary—when booking your room. This might result in a free upgrade or a special amenities kit.[Edit]References↑ http://www.businessinsider.com/tricks-for-getting-the-best-deal-on-a-hotel-room-2016-3

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Today in History for 28th January 2020

Historical Events

1918 – Finnish Civil War: Rebels seized control of the capital, Helsinki, and members of the Senate of Finland go underground.
1969 – 2nd ABA All-Star Game: West 133 beats East 127 at Louisville
1979 – “The Wiz” closes at Majestic Theater in NYC after 1,672 performances
1985 – 12th American Music Awards: Cyndi Lauper and Lionel Richie win
1989 – David Boon completes 7th Test century, 149 v WI at SCG
1991 – Dictator Siad Barre flees Somalia ending 22 year rule

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Famous Birthdays

1722 – Johann Ernst Bach, composer
1865 – Lala Lajpat Rai, Indian freedom fighter (d. 1928)
1907 – Henry Cotton, English golfer (British Open 1934, 1937, 1948), born in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire (d. 1987)
1934 – Mitr Chaibancha, Thai actor (d. 1970)
1959 – Dave Sharp, rock guitarist (Alarm-In the Summertime)
1969 – Giorgio Lamberti, Italian free style swimmer (world record 200m)

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Famous Deaths

1393 – Earl of Joigny, burned at royal ball in Paris
1898 – Alexandru Flechtenmacher, composer, dies at 74
1930 – Clarence Skelton Wimble, cricket (score pair in Test for S Af), dies
1965 – Maxime Weygand, French soldier (b. 1867)
1995 – George Woodcock, author, dies at 82
2007 – Karel Svoboda, Czech composer of popular music (b. 1938)

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How to Make an Origami Whale

An origami whale is a fun project for anyone who loves marine life. Making a whale is relatively simple for anyone who knows some basic origami folds. You will need a piece of origami paper and a pair of scissors. Carefully fold the paper to create the whale’s body and small details like the flippers and tail.

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[Edit]Making the Guidelines
Lay a square piece of origami paper on a flat surface. A good starting paper size to use is . If your piece of paper has a white side and a colored side, place the colored side face down on the table. That side will form the outer part of the whale.[1]
Bigger pieces of paper are easier to work with. If you’re a beginner, practice folding techniques with a bigger piece of paper.
Fold the paper in half, open it, and fold it in half the other way. Rotate the paper until it looks like a diamond with 1 corner pointing towards you. Bring the bottom point to the top point and flatten the page. Afterward, open the paper and repeat the fold with the opposite corners.[2]The paper will have a horizontal and vertical crease running through its center. These creases are guidelines you can use to help you fold the paper into the shape of a whale.
Fold the top edges to the center crease. Start with the right side. Bring the right edge over until it aligns with the vertical center crease. Carefully flatten the paper to create another crease. Repeat this with the top left edge without opening the paper back up.[3]Make sure the paper is oriented in a diamond shape before you fold it.
To make a good crease, hold the paper still with a free finger. Pin the flap of paper in place as you smooth it out.
Flip the paper over and bring the tail to the top point. Your paper will look like a kite at this point. Position it so the thin tail points toward you. Then, bring the tail up until it is over the uppermost corner and crease the fold.[4]If your paper has a white backside, you will be making this fold on the colored side.[Edit]Creating the Whale’s Shape
Turn the paper over and open the pockets with your finger. The folded kite will have 2 little pockets along its bottom edge. Grasp the flaps by their free edges in the center of the paper. Use your finger to move the pockets away from the table. Push against their free edges to make them stand up.[5]For the best result, work with 1 pocket at a time.
Bring the pocket’s tip over to the center and flatten it. When you lift the pocket flaps away from the page, the paper’s left and right corners will also lift up. Push against the outside edge of each pocket to bring the corner over to the center of the paper. Then, smooth them out to form a crease.[6]When this fold is done correctly, the pockets will form big triangles. The paper will look like an uneven diamond.[7]
Fold the paper’s top layer straight down. Slide your fingers around the edges of the paper. Separate the top layer from the paper underneath it, then bring the point down. The paper will have a crease about ¼ of the way up from the bottom, level with the diamond’s left and right corners. Fold the paper down along this line.[8]Make sure you only fold the top layer, or else the paper won’t be in the correct shape for the next step. After you make the fold, the paper will be in the shape of a perfect diamond.
Flip the paper over and push the fin flaps to the left. After you turn the paper over, orient it so the diamond’s longer corners point to the right and left. The flaps are in the middle. Push them over and flatten them against the paper.[9]
Turn the paper over and fold the left point to the center. Flip the paper vertically, keeping the fin flaps pointed towards the left. Then, grab the left corner and align it with the paper’s center point. Crease the fold to finish it.[10]Be careful about how you flip the paper. Flipping it the wrong way can affect how your whale turns out.
Fold the bottom edge about ⅓ of the way up the paper. Hold the paper still with the sides of your hands. Carefully bring the bottom edge up slightly, pushing it onto the whale’s body and flattening it. This fold determines how wide the whale’s body will be.[11]Making the fold too big can make the whale’s body look too small. You only need to fold the edge up a little, enough to make it horizontally flat.
Bring the top half of the whale down over the bottom half. Fold the entire whale in half along the horizontal crease running through the center. Once you do this, you will be able to see the shape of the whale’s body.[12]The top half of the paper will overhang the bottom half slightly. This is okay and will be fixed in the next step.
Turn the overhanging top edge down and tuck it into the whale. Flip the whale over so pointed edge is on top and the flat edge is on the bottom. Grasp the pointed edge and fold it down against the whale’s body. Then, unfold it and open the whale’s top edge. Put the fold inside the whale to finish its basic shape.[13]Take a look at your work. Make sure both sides of the whale look even. The top and bottom edges will both be level.[Edit]Finishing the Flippers and Tail
Move the whale onto its back and pull the fin flaps out. The whale’s back is the shorter side. You will see 2 flaps of paper near the whale’s head. Move each flap back away from the head at a diagonal angle, taking care not to pull them too far. Pull them about ⅔ of the way towards the whale’s body and down.[14]If you move the flippers too close to the body, they won’t stand out. Also, pull them down a little so the tips reach above the body.
Fold the flippers carefully, since the thin origami paper can tear.
Fold the whale’s tail straight up. Grasp the tip and move the tail up, away from the whale’s body. When you do this correctly, the tail’s inner edge will form a perfect diagonal. Press down hard on it to make a good crease.[15]Adjust the fold to change the tail’s size. Folding more of the tail makes it bigger. Change it according to how you want your whale to look.
Open the whale and cut a slit in the tail. Unfold the tail, then spread apart the whale along its top edge. Look for the crease in the tail you made with your last fold. Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut along the center of the tail to that crease.[16]If you don’t like doing scissors, you can skip this part. Instead, leave your whale’s tail folded.
Fold the whale’s tail flaps up against one another. Close the whale back up, then separate the tail flaps. Grasp the flap closest to you, folding it so it points up towards the ceiling. Fold the other flap in the opposite direction until it is behind the first flap, perfectly aligned with it.[17]Push the flaps hard together so they stay in place, or else the tail may unfurl.
Open the tail flaps up and crease them in place. You can adjust the tail flaps to whatever angle you like. Separate them, bringing each flap down so it points out towards the side. When you get them where you want them, press them between your fingers to crease them and hold them in place.[18]Your whale is done! You can try decorating yours, drawing on an eye or mouth if you’d like, or you can start over and make another one.[Edit]Tips
There are many different ways to make an origami whale. You may discover a different fold that gives your whale a unique appearance.
Practice makes perfect. If you make a mistake, get another piece of paper and start again.
Using bigger sheets of paper can make the project easier. Also, try using paper that has different colors or patterns on each side.
If you’re having trouble making the whale, study some basic origami folds first. Practice with easier projects, such as dogs or butterflies.[Edit]Warnings
Be cautious when using scissors and other sharp tools. Keep children away from them.[Edit]Things You’ll Need
Flat surface
Paper
Scissors[Edit]Related wikiHows
Make an Origami Fish
Make Origami
Make an Origami Turtle[Edit]References
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