Tips for getting the best deal at a luxury hotel

Friday newsletters always feature luxury travel conteststipsseries, or news.

Today (July 7th, 2014): travel tips: how to get the best deal at a luxury hotel and save money?

When booking a room at a luxury hotel, you have to choose whether you want the cheapest price for that room, or whether you want to enjoy extra perks and/or flexibility. I hereby present you my tips for getting the best deal at a luxury hotel and saving (lots of) money:

  • Inspiration for finding the right hotel
  • Tips for when to book
  • Tips for booking a room at the cheapest rate
  • Tips for booking a room with (complimentary) extra perks
  • Tips for staying for free at luxury hotels
  • Key points

Think I forgot a tip? Share your own travel tips in the comments section below.

  • The Kiwi Collection is a great website featuring the best luxury hotels in the world.
  • Read Flyertalk posts (google the name of the hotel + flyertalk).

  • Do not book too late as the top luxury hotels will often sell out months in advance. Do not count on a last-minute deal (which are not offered by most top hotels anyway).
  • When you want to save some bucks, travel in the shoulder season (e.g. summer months for the Caribbean, autumn months for the Maldives), but try to avoid the worst months weather-wise as you may find yourself very disappointed despite the fact that you saved a lot of money!


  • The member-only websites JetsetterSecret Escapes and the Vacationist (which do not feature on aggregator websites) negotiate temporary, special rates with some of the world’s finest hotels, which can represent a discount of up to 60% (room only or room with breakfast).  Membership is free and without hassle (just submit your name and email address). Sign up for the Jetsetter, Secret Escapes and Vacationist newsletters, so that you stay updated about their temporary offers. Read here why I love Jetsetter so much, and here why I am a fan of Secret Escapes.
  • Always compare the price that you found on aggregator or member-only websites with the one featured on the official hotel website to make sure that it is the best price indeed. Do not forget to click the “special offers” section that is present on most hotel websites (and which can save you lots of money).
  • If you find elsewhere a lower price than the one offered on the hotel website, make us of a Best Rate Guarantee. Not only will the lower room rate be matched, you will often receive an additional discount as well (of up to 25%)!
  • Make use of discount coupons that you can find anywhere on the internet (google the website of hotel name + coupon). For example, is one of my prefered hotel booking websites that regularly sends out 10% discount coupons by email (albeit not valid for the big hotel chains though).
  • Except when staying at one of the big hotel chains (Starwood, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, Hilton), I always try to book my hotel stays through the website and you can read here why. In a nutshell: is not only very generous in matching the best price that you may have found on another websites, but you also collect credits towards free hotel stays and they always have discount coupons on offer.
  • Sign-up for the newsletters of your preferred hotel (chains) or booking website. They often email coupons or advanced notifications when they’re having a sale.
  • Stay for free by using hotels points and credits that you collected in a hotel loyalty program (albeit very few of the top luxury hotel chains offer that option though).
  • Stay for free or at a highly discounted rate by keeping an eye out for erroneous rates on this Flyertalk post.

  • Some of the world’s most exclusive hotel brands (e.g. Aman resorts) will only display the best rates on their official hotel website (so do not waste your time trying to find a lower price on an aggregator or member-only website as you won’t find one).
  • Check the hotel website directly for packages that include extra perks like spa credits, breakfast, or complimentary nights.
  • Absurdly, when booking a room at a top luxury hotel, it is sometimes advised not to book it directly on the hotel website, but rather through a Virtuoso travel advisor. Not only will they create unique journeys and explorations in every corner of the globe, but more importantly, you will also get free access to special amenities and receive complimentary perks (e.g. upgrades, dinners, etc …) which is not the case when you book the same rate via the hotel direcly. All hotels were you can enjoy the Virtuoso extra perks are listed on their website.  If you are an Aman junkie, like me, then Virtuoso is the only way to book your stay. Read here why I love Virtuoso so much. Most of the times, Virtuoso hotel bookings are not made online, but through a Virtuoso travel agent. There are exceptions though, such as the website of Classic Travel which offers an online booking tool.
  • Holders of an American Express premium or Visa Signature credit card can also benefit from extra perks when they make the booking via their credit card travel office and/or pay with their credit card. Contact your local credit card company to find out whether they offer this travel service.
  • Elite members of hotel loyalty programs will receive several benefits during their stay, ranging from late check-out and complimentary WiFi to suite upgrades and breakfast. Click here for more info.
  • Elite members of Cathay Pacific‘s frequent flyer program (Marco Polo Club) are entitled to special benefits (e.g. early check in, late check out, room upgrade, complimentary breakfast) with partners such as Hilton, Hyatt, Fairmont, Marriott, Langham, Mandarin Oriental, Shangri-La, Swissotel, Peninsula, Swire and Ritz-Carlton. While some of these deals only apply to hotels or rentals in the Asia-Pacific region, others do not; the Mandarin Oriental benefit is applicable worldwide, for example.


You can always try your luck and score a complimentary stay at a luxury hotel by reading my tips for getting free hotel nights.

  • Inspiration: this website + the Kiwi Collection.
  • When money is an issue: book outside the high season.
  • Cheapest room rate: mostly found on Hotelscombined, Trivago, and/or the official hotel website. Always check all 3 of them.
  • Best Rate Guarantee: match a lower rate and receive an additional discount.
  • Free extra perks: book a package on the hotel website, through a Virtuoso travel agent, or via your credit card travel office.
  • Complimentary stay: subscribe to of a (hotel) loyalty program.

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  1. Great advice in this post, especially the tips on avoiding peak season – especially school and national holidays. We offer a free service where you can double check the best quote you have received so far to make sure it is not available cheaper elsewhere.

  2. And one new thing I just discovered is that for top brands like Hilton, Marriott, SPG and IHG you can now use it’s a tracking service to make sure you get the best rate if later the price goes down.

  3. I love your tips for booking a great hotel room. It’s good to know that nice hotels will normally sell out months in advance. So, for our vacation next summer, I guess I should start looking now!

  4. I’m really glad you mentioned checking the price of a hotel that you see on other websites with the price that is on the actual hotel’s website itself. I think that is a good way to not only make sure you get the best price, like you mentioned, but to also make sure that you are paying enough for the hotel. Prices on other sites may be discounted, but you want to make sure they are at least in the same range as the price on the actual website so that you know the deal is legitimate.

  5. I just wanna add one more tip that always book luxury hotels with prepayment and by doing this we can get extra discounts on booking because we can go to luxury hotel websites or accommodation website like trivago then we will see there are two different prices for luxury hotels, one for pay upon arrival and second for lay now. I really admire your luxury hotel booking tips.

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