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Booking a hotel for your next trip? Here’s how to get a five-star stay at a two-star price.
If you can’t quite afford the penthouse suite, travel experts say there are things you can do during check-in to improve your experience. For example, check in as late as possible. Standard rooms are generally what most travelers book so if you check in late all those rooms might be gone which leaves you with a free upgrade.
Or, tell them you will be reviewing your stay and following them on social media and will be tagging the hotel in your online posts. No one wants bad publicity so you might find a few extra mints on your pillow.
If your room doesn’t include breakfast, ask about special deals for the on-site restaurant and score yourself a discount.
Finally, request a few extra freebies; and I’m not talking about the soap and body lotion you find in the bathroom. Most hotels these days stock items such as exotic tea, slippers and bikes to rent.
After all, you are their guest.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.