7 Steps to Finding Hotel Room Discounts

New York Times travel writer Seth Kugel shares his secrets to booking a summer getaway on a budget.
1:46 | 08/19/14

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Summer is winding down but there is still time for a quick vacation. This morning we have ways to help you save big on your stay. "The New York times" is revealing how you can unlock hidden discounts on hotel rooms and ABC's Paula Faris has the story. ? Reporter: Looking for a last-minute summer getaway but on a tight budget? Well, you're in luck. Seth kugel has the top tips for major hotel savings. How much can you expect to save by booking your hotel this way? From 10%, 25%, once in a while you'll get up to 40% or 50%. Reporter: Get the lay of the land and search booking sites for prices. Then get ready to do the search again. You want to make sure you go on to a comparison site like kayak and trivago. Some will have discounts for certain chains or places or certain dates and other ones won't. Reporter: Next up, a package deal can save you loads of cash but there's a catch. You can't have a crazy itinerary so if it's the week in the caribbean or you are going to L.A. For a wedding, that's when you're going to look for a package deal. Reporter: Some of the deepest skouns come on opaque websites like priceline and hotwire. You decide the hotel star level and general geographic area and then you bid. What you're giving up is the ability to choose your exact hotel an I wouldn't want to take a romantic trip to Paris and end up in, you know, some horrible chain. Reporter: Once you've chosen a hotel, call them. Tell them you're about to reserve on a third party website and ask if they'll give you a discount if you book directly through the hotel. Oftentimes they will. For "Good morning America," Paula Faris, ABC news, New York. And one more money saving tip

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