I booked our stay directly with the hotel about 4 months ago and only had to provide my credit card details and would pay the whole accommodation on checking-out at the end of my stay.
Last week I looked at the hotels website and noticed that they had a special at a considerably cheaper rate than what I was paying. A condition of this cheaper rate was that the whole amount had to be paid at the time of booking.
I emailed the hotel and asked if I could be changed to this cheaper rate (same room type) and they agreed so they then debited my credit card.
For our 3 week stay I have saved over $800.00 - more spending money for me!!!!!
Just thought I would share this with other TAs.
May be useful for others who have booked directly with their hotel.
PS 3 sleeps to go