Group Reservations for Hotel Savings
One thing that people often overlook
when trying to save on a hotel room for a big event are the group
booking discounts most hotels offer. Hotels love to book large
groups of people in advance, because it assures them a full booking
without having to resort to walk-in traffic. Getting group rates are not nearly as hard as you might think.
The only real requisite for making it
happen is timing. You need to contact the hotel with enough advance
notice so they can block out the rooms. They also may ask for a
minimum number of room commitments and a maximum number of rooms for
your group. Just determine how many other people in your group you
think you can get to sign up for the deal, and be conservative.
While the hotel is not going to mind if you do not hit the maximum
number of rooms, if you do not hit the minimum allotment, it may
change the room rate for everyone in the booking group.
It may take some haggling and
bartering, and as always, you need to be aware of seasonal timing and
how concerned the hotel will be about getting rid of those rooms.
However, if you book it far enough in advance, your chances for
negotiating a better deal are very good. A bird in the hand is
worth two in the bush, at least for the hotel it is.
Once you make a deal, you will be given
a reservation code, or else you will just have a party or group name
to identify members who want to get a room. With this information,
contact people in your group and give them the hotel phone number for
reservations, give them the reservation code/group name, and let them
know the nightly rate and what days the rate is effective. The
sooner you get that locked up the more secure your group reservations
will be, limiting the chances of any kind of rate increase.
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