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Have any of you found a way to save $ on motel rates while traveling?

I've heard recently about a website that allows you to make an offer on various motel rates. If the motel accepts you may save 50% or more. Anyone familiar with that? If so, what is it?

Do you book in advance?
Find a place at the end of the day?
Bite the bullet and pay a hundred or so bucks?

I'd like to keep a ten day trip much more manageable than a $1000 or more in lodging!
Thanks!
OB
 

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When you stop at the rest areas, pick up the free Traveler magazines.

Looks about the size of a comic book. They have all kinds of coupons for motels - the major ones too.

The coupons are for rates that beat AAA and AARP. We've used them many times.
 

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The ones I know about require advance booking......And it is charged to
your credit card at the time you book the room.

Immediately charging your credit card is what I don't like and the reason
I don't use websites like Priceline or Hotels.com
 

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Thanks, Goldwing Guy
I'll look into those sites, but I hear ya about the immediate credit card charges.
 

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When you stop at the rest areas, pick up the free Traveler magazines.

Looks about the size of a comic book. They have all kinds of coupons for motels - the major ones too.

The coupons are for rates that beat AAA and AARP. We've used them many times.
I have never bothered with those books but they do work and save you
some serious coin.

My brother and I just returned from seeing the last shuttle launch and
he picked up a few of the coupon books along the way and we got some
super discounts with them.
 

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I have had some luck in "low balling" a rate at a motel when it is getting late and they obviously aren't going to be near full.

Ask for or offer a lower rate, all they can say is NO. They already know that some revenue is better than none.
 

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never hurts to ask the clerk for a lower rate. Our last trip we got discounted at 3 different places. We were not begging, but on arrival the parking lot was darn near empty at each one. They were not on track to fill up. One place, In Dodge City kansas was downright rude. We picked up our helmets and headed up the road to a Holiday Inn Express. Much higher rate but when we told them about the motel down the street they came down in price to meet our budget, and I must say it was a much classier place. bb
 

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PRICELINE!!!!!!!! BUT you have to book ahead & I dont like to travel that way!!! I use the coupon books as much as I can!!! I use priceline when going to a "happaning (honda hoot for example or the homecoming !! this also tells you how LONG ago I used them!!! LMAO!!)
 

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Have any of you found a way to save $ on motel rates while traveling?

I've heard recently about a website that allows you to make an offer on various motel rates. If the motel accepts you may save 50% or more. Anyone familiar with that? If so, what is it?

Do you book in advance?
Find a place at the end of the day?
Bite the bullet and pay a hundred or so bucks?

I'd like to keep a ten day trip much more manageable than a $1000 or more in lodging!
Thanks!
OB
Do you belong to any biker associated clubs such as HRCA, HOG, STAR Riders, ABATE, AMA, etc. Often there are lodging discounts associated with those memberships. Same thing may apply if you belong to professional associations such as ASME, ASNT, IEEE, ASCE, ACS, etc. :doorag:
 

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Don't know where your travels are taking you, but I've had real good luck/prices when staying in towns where casinos are located.

Mid-week prices are real low... talking $40. Harrah's comes to mind.

You can also chow down real reasonable at the buffets they have.

If you go by a slot machine though, just keep a walkin'
 

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Have any of you found a way to save $ on motel rates while traveling?
Shopping (not necessarily booking...) in advance really helped out. In June we were on the road for 14 days; didn't spend more than $75 a night.

If you're staying at $100/night places, that might be an issue.

Budget chain motels...you're doing two or three things there (I won't list them... :cool: ) each night you're at these places, so it's easy to find a < $100 lodging - in many places, but not every place you would like to be can accommodate those types of rates.

Do you book in advance?
Find a place at the end of the day?
Bite the bullet and pay a hundred or so bucks?
My answers to these questions...

Not always; depends on the day & where I want to be. There's times this is useful, then there's times in can hinder your travels. I was able to demonstrate this to my wife on our June trip.i

I've been lucky when I have done that, but see above, I know about where I'm going to be and what I'm willing to pay.

Again, depends where you are. West Yellowstone, yeah, you'll pay $150 night, but that's simple economics. Stay 80 miles away, you'll pay half that rate.

I'd like to keep a ten day trip much more manageable than a $1000 or more in lodging!
We spent less than $1000 for 14 days of lodging on our last trip, zero issues.


Our ultimate budget goal is to spend less than $150/day for everything...three weeks of travel so far this season, and we've accomplished that goal.
 

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Bid for a room on PRICELINE.
$50 gets you a room in 90% of the cities(Marriott, Courtyard, Hilton etc)
 

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I'll ditto on the coupon books at rest-areas when your moving from one location to another.

Also (since I'm single and very seldom travel with someone else) I'll look for hostels. It's basically a dormitory arrangement. I've been able to stay close to the major attractions in Washington DC, New York City, Key West. Chicago and southern FL.

Hosteling International http://www.hiusa.org/ is the biggest franchise/chain. You can find more by using google, but the housekeeping may be substandard. Good hostels are only near major cities and attractions. I'm in the beginning stages of planning a trip out west next year and will probably stay at the ones in LA and San Fransico.
 

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First trip we took I had all planned out and booked all the motels online.

Problems I ran into
1. was hot but had to get to first motel. Otherwise we would have stopped earlier.
2. Little book at a rest area showed a cheaper price then we had paid for the one motel.
3. Unable to actually see the motel online and some were not the greatest.

Now we just ride till we want to stop and stop in the rest areas and find coupons in the little books mentioned. Then we set the GPS to take us there. We are not tied into it and if the place looks bad we move on to another place. Has worked great for several years.

Now the only time I book a room is for a specific event.
 

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hey, murf--
yep, I do have some biker group discounts, but was looking for larger savings if possible.

I don't stay in motels regularly--enjoy camping when I can, but carrying the extra equipment has its problems. I did look at the possibility of staying in a motel on a trip a couple weeks ago. I'd stayed there last year for about $70, but their prices had jumped to $100 or more! That, and some recent conversations with other bikers, is what prompted the thread.

Great tips and links, you guys! Thanks for all the ideas so far!
OB
 

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I agree, Teddy--with all three of your points. That's why I hesitate to do advance bookings. Largely I'd prefer to travel at my pace, lingering when I want to, instead of trying to stick to a set course/pace dictated by a motel reservation. Thanks!
 
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