Who says you need to book way in advance to get the best rates? That certainly doesn’t seem to be the case these days for many destinations. Advance bookings are down across the industry in many areas and deals abound for those willing to search them out.
Most notably for me was a hotel booking I made on Saturday for an arrival this Friday. Only 6 days in advance and there were plenty of rooms available, all at ~20% off the web rates. A quick call to the hotel was able to secure that deal. It works better with non-chain properties so there is that, but I’m quite happy saving a few hundred dollars that way and giving up the points.
Book a refundable reservation farther out if there is concern about missing out completely, but check up closer to the arrival date. Odds are there are deals to be found with the industry the way it is right now.
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