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Should You Know Best Money Saving Hotel Tips

Which country has the highest-priced hotels?

The immediate answer is the Maldives, according to Hotels.com’s recently released Hotel Price Index. But the real takeaway is that for the past few years hotel prices have been rising across the globe, no matter which country you choose to visit.

The average room rate rose by an average of 3 percent in 2012, with significant gains in the Caribbean (6 percent) and North America (5 percent), according to Hotels.com.

Thankfully, there are plenty of savvy ways to save money on a hotel room today—you just need to know the insider tricks. Many have to do with navigating the increasingly complex landscape of online booking. You’ll find start-up websites such as Tingo, which offers automatic refunds when a room rate drops. DealAngel, meanwhile, will help you decide if that online find is really such a steal. And all the major booking sites are embracing “bundling” as a way to drop rates to unprecedented lows.

Sometimes saving money on a hotel is simply a matter of being aware of where—and when—rooms are at their most affordable. Right now, according to Hotels.com, you can find five-star luxury for less than $250 a night in European cities such as Berlin, Budapest, and Lisbon. Smith Travel Research, meanwhile, pinpoints affordable rates at New York City hotels during July and August (who knew?).

But perhaps the best way to bring down room rates is to take advantage of programs that many hotels put in place in the wake of the recent economic crises, when courting loyalty was key to survival. Joining hotels’ often-free loyalty programs can yield you room upgrades, complimentary breakfasts and drinks, spa credits, free Wi-Fi, early arrival, and late check-in—in short, everything you need to stretch your dollar further. It can even earn you airline miles, thanks to a pioneering partnership between Starwood and Delta.

And if you just want to get out of paying for all those added extras, we’ve got some ideas for you, from how to use Internet phone services to avoid international-call charges to which hotels are committed to free in-room Wi-Fi (hallelujah!) to our favorite extended-stay brands with in-room kitchens.

Tips To Plan Your Spring Break Getaway

Whether you were blasted by bad weather this past winter or you’ve just been pining for an escape, the good news is that spring break has finally arrived. Get a jump-start on your spring break plans — whether they are partying with the college kids or a tamer family getaway to the beach — with these suggestions.
Student Spring Break Tips

* Take a look at organizations like StudentCity who run trips for both college and high school students to popular spring break destinations.

* Looking for that winter wonderland retreat instead of the warm sands, try these student ski getaways.
CollegeSkiTrips.com
Studentcity.com/ski/

* Party like a rock star by heading to Vegas for an MTV Spring Break 2013 epic party with the network’s trademark wild parties, heavy boozing, goofy games and celebrity hosts with events at The Palms pool, Rain Nightclub, Moon Nightclub, Ghostbar and the Playboy Club.

* Why not take your time off and give back? Combine volunteer work with some sight-seeing and relaxation time. Not only can you see the world, you can improve it.
Voluntourism
Volunteer Travel
Volunteering

* Take advantage of student discounts and youth hostels whether you stay in the US or go international.
STA Travel Student Universe

* If you are hitting the road, start saving money for gas now. When it is time to go, visit sites like these to track down the cheapest gas along your route.
Gasbuddy.com
Gas Prices on MapQuest
Gas Price Watch

* Start preparing for your trip now by stocking up on sunscreen, bathing suits and other spring break essentials by shopping online.
Drugstore.com
Everything But Water

* Get that body in shape for the beach by logging some extra hours at the gym, on the treadmill or in downward-facing dog. Track your fitness goals with a helpful fitness app.
Active.com’s 10 Best iPhone Fitness Apps for 2013
Family Spring Break Tips
* Consider a variety of options with our suggestions for a unique family spring break.

* Book a stay at any of Oyster’s top spring break hotels.

* Get spring break budget tips, from MommyPoints.com’s Summer Hull.

* Bypass the beaches for the slopes on a skiing spring break.

* Compare prices on flights and car rentals.
Kayak
FareCompare
Travelocity
Expedia

* Look for spring break special events and discounts available now.
Family-Friendly Mardi Gras
Disney Discounts
Spring Break Blast
Hershey in the Spring

* Forecast the weather.
weathertrends360

* Skip the beach and instead camp under the stars with the whole family.
Camp Jellystone
Camping with Kids

* Can’t get away but need to keep the kids occupied during the break? Enroll them now in a local Spring Break Camp.
Holiday Camps
Spring Break Programs
DC Spring Break Camps