By SHANNON KELLY
If you’ve ever paid the standard rate for a hotel room, you’re overpaying, says hotel industry veteran Robb Engen in an article on cheap hotel rates for Moneyville.
Our favourite tip: Find the best deal on a consolidator Web site like Expedia (or, better yet, the best rate after checking several consolidator sites) and then call the hotel directly to ask for that rate.
We’ve successfully done this ourselves. Hotels would rather you booked directly through them (they pay fees for reservations made through those Web sites) and it can benefit you, too: It’s often easier to change or cancel a reservation made directly with the hotel, and there’s no middle man, which in our experience means less chance of something going amiss, like an incorrectly booked room or a missing reservation when you arrive.