A whopping 25 percent of the cost of your entire reservation is typically paid by the hotel to on-line sites like Expedia, Orbitz or Travelocity.
Given the ongoing sluggish travel environment and the need for hotels to put heads in beds, you can most likely negotiate a better rate directly with the hotel property.
If you find a good deal through a site like Expedia, why not call the hotel directly and ask for that rate with an additional 15 percent discount.
Not only do you save more money on the deal you found, but the hotel comes out ahead by not having to pay the higher commission.
Haggling works to save you money.
In our recent, popular post Learn to Haggle For Travel, we reported that two-thirds of all people surveyed (by Consumer Reports) had tried negotiating in the past six months, and 90 percent of those had been successful. My point being that you are in good company, and you will most likely succeed.
If you can’t stomach negotiating, do one of the following:
Use one of your lifelines.
Phone a friend who negotiates well and see what he/she can do.
Before making an offer, check Bidding for Travel, a site where people self-report their winning bid. As we’ve written before, this continues to work great here in Hawaii.
Keep in mind, however, that the hotel is likely paying about 25 percent of your reservation to Priceline. When you determine what the best Priceline deal is likely to be, you might still want to call the hotel directly and see what you can do.