A BOOKING expert has revealed which Tiktok hotel booking hack really works and could save you hundreds on your holiday.
The internet is full of people claiming to have tips and tricks that will save you money, but not all of them are reliable.
However, Richard Goodall, expert in travel tech and MD of hospitality EPOS systems, PowerEpos, has explained which of the videos on Tiktok could actually see you spend less on your accommodation.
The main way in which people can save money on hotels is by cancelling their booking at late notice. This is something a lot of people do, and is called hotel hedging.
The prices of accommodation can fluctuate quite a lot, depending on when you book, so it’s a good idea to keep checking prices before your trip to keep your options open.
Hotels often don’t sell out completely, so will usually offer big discounts at much shorter notice, meaning there are often bargains to be found late on.
However, even though late deals can be found, there’s no guarantee that leaving it late will get you the cheap room that you want.
Therefore, booking the cheapest room you can find in advance guarantees that you have a place to stay just in case you can’t get a late deal.
But it means you can always cancel your advanced booking and make the most of the cheaper room instead.
Nevertheless, booking in advance like this can put holidaymakers at a disadvantage.
A lot of the time, you will be charged full price for the hotel if you cancel at late notice. Hotels put this measure in place so they don’t lose money on late cancellations – but there is a way around it.
Tiktoker and finance coach The Melanin King (@therealmelaninking) revealed how he never pays to cancel his hotels, saving him hundreds in fees.
In a video on Tiktok, he showed how hotel guests can simply move the date of their booking to a later date, then cancel it, which often means they won’t have to pay cancellation fees.
This is because the cancellation is no longer at short notice, as per the hotel’s booking rules.
Richard Goodall said that this is a great way to save money on hotel bookings.
He said: “After booking a hotel you will have a short period of time to cancel before you are charged full cancellation fees on your booking.
“Some are within seven days of your stay and others are as low as 24 hours. Although, it is usually free to move your hotel booking to another date without charge.
“Therealmelaninking provides some useful insight and recommends moving your check-in date.
“He states you could theoretically move your hotel booking to a few weeks later and then call back the following day to cancel the booking, which would once again be within the grace period.”
However, Richard also warned anyone trying this hack out to be aware of the small print first – because not all hotels will allow you to move your reservation for free.
He continued: “Whilst this is a great tip and technically true, it all depends on your booking type.
“When making your original booking make sure to check the fine print to see if the hotel is offering any charges on booking amendments.
“Some offer no refund or amendments after payment, whilst others are more flexible at an extra cost.”
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