No matter how experienced a traveler you are or how set your traveling schedule is, there always comes a time when a last-minute hotel booking is unavoidable. Life on the road can be stressful enough without having to worry about where you are going to rest your head at night.
If you must stay within your company’s budget parameters, that adds an extra layer of stress. After a long day on the road, no one wants to spend the night in an uncomfortable room.
So, what’s the secret to booking cheap last-minute hotels? We have compiled a list of hotel booking tips to ensure you receive the best rates and the greatest value.
Last-minute hotel booking with CLC Lodging
CLC provides corporate travelers with the tools and platform to save money on lodging and make the booking process simple. We offer instant access to pre-negotiated rates at 15,000 hotels across North America. Booking accommodations can be done in several ways – online, calling the hotel directly, walking into the hotel, calling CLC, or perhaps most convenient, via our mobile app. The best part is that you can book whichever way you feel most comfortable.
The user-friendly app is extremely easy to use. You can search hotels and book in just minutes. There is no requirement to pay ahead of time for CLC Network hotels. You will likely receive a bill a couple of days after you check out.
The benefits of booking through CLC and our mobile app include 24/7/365 direct support to help with any issues or questions you may run into. Our pre-negotiated rates with top hotels mean you’re getting the lowest rate 9 times out of 10.
CLC also offers a streamlined check-in process via our Web CheckINN, which allows hotels to swipe a CheckINN card and enter the room information.
CLC Lodging Network Hotels
Our pre-negotiated network of hotels stands at over 15,000 (with brands like Radisson, Best Western, Hilton, Hyatt, and Holiday Inn), and we are constantly in the process of adding to that tally. You can be confident of the quality, comfortableness, and safety of your accommodations. We also offer over 30,000 additional Expanded Network hotels at discounted rates.
Last-minute hotel booking tips
When it comes to booking cheap last-minute hotels, our pre-negotiated rates have you covered. However, there is the potential for extra perks, bonuses, and upgrades if you know where to look.
Check-in near the end of day
Often the best time to check in is toward the evening. Hotels that are not fully booked may be willing to offer you an upgraded room at no extra cost.
Mention special occasions
Being out on the road during your birthday can be a bummer. But it could net you a room upgrade. Be sure to mention a special occasion or if it’s your first time in the area when you check in. The staff may give you an upgrade to help celebrate.
Ask for a corner room
Did you know that in many hotels, a corner room is slightly larger than a standard room? Asking for a corner room is a great way to gain extra space without paying for an upgrade.
Sign up for loyalty programs
Many hotels boast loyalty programs for frequent guests. If your company allows it, sign up for the loyalty program, which could entitle you to extra perks and bonuses as you rack up visits.