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Strategy regarding booking hotel

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Strategy regarding booking hotel

Hello fellow TA memebers!!

My wife and I are going to visit NYC in october (19th - 23rd) and I was just wondering what the best strategy is when it comes to booking a hotel. Like many others we are looking for a nice rate a nice hotel. So is it better to book it a couple of months in advance or is it better to stay cool and book it closer to departure? We are looking for a hotel in the 250 - 350 dollar range.

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Strategy regarding booking hotel

:Look at what I JUST wrote on this thread.


Come back with any questions or clarifications you need.

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2. Re: Strategy regarding booking hotel

You should be fine with that rate but the strategy that often works is to book something now that is in budget but can be cancelled up to the last minute and use that as your base amount as you look for deals-- the best deals for you should occur 90 to 30 days before your date.so start looking for that deal around July 15th but do so knowing you have a room for sure and will not be shut out

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We booked early January for early March and the prices have been rising steadily ever since. I was checking prices daily for 3 weeks or so before booking.

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sign up for specials on travelzoo -, sign up on hotels own websites that you like as they will email you with specials but they may not suit your dates.

Some hotels -affinia also sometimes offer cheaper rates for advance booking

oyster.com shows pictures to help with your decision.

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Thanks a lot for your quick replies!!

I will check the sites that you have recommend.

By the way, do most of the booking sites/hotels charge for the room when I book it, or is there any site where I can book now (Or near future) and pay on arrival?

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Most booking sites take payment upfront. Recently found a great rate on Expedia for our dates in March for the Mela near Times Square (has gone up substantially since I booked). Didn't fancy paying upfront so contacted the hotel directly, they matched the rate, just took credit card details for reservation (no upfront payment) and the cancellation policy is 24 hours before arrival date. Always try getting the hotel to match any online rate you find. In addition, if you deal directly with them I find they are more likely to look after you with regards to upgrades, etc.

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Ahh ok, that sound a like a good idea. Think I will try that!

Thanks. :)

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