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Half Price Hotels at Hotels.com

How We Book Hotels For 1/2 Price At Hotels.com

Hotels.com is awesome -- if you know how to optimize the site.

We've optimized our Hotels.com stays so well that we consistently save 30, 40, 50% or more.

In this guide we'll walk you through exactly how we book every single one of our Hotels at Hotels.com for a discount.

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The process is quick, simple, straightforward (no hoops to jump through), and we guarantee it will save you money.

Step 1: Sign Up for a Hotels.com Account (It's Free)

By signing up for a Hotels.com account you'll receive special 'members only' pricing that can save you 10%+.

To see the best prices it's important to log into your account before beginning your search.

Hotels.com Not Logged In Price

$95 without an account.

Hotels.com Logged In Price

$89 with an account. A 6% savings.

Step 2: Take Advantage of the Hotels.com Loyalty Program

Hotels.com Rewards

We're at 1 free night valued at $66.29. 3 more stays for our 2nd free night.

Hotels.com Rewards is a loyalty program offering 1 free night for every 10 nights stayed. That's a 9% savings.

Things to Remember:

  • Most, but not all hotels take part in the rewards program. All eligible hotels will be labeled with a "collect nights" icon.
  • The value of the free night is the average price of your 10 stays. 
  • Use your free night anytime. There are no blackout dates.
  • Any unused stays counted toward your 10 stays expire after a year.
  • Any free nights will expire if it has been a year or longer since your most recent booking.

Step 3: Use the Capital One Credit Card to Book Your Stay

Hotels.com & Capital One

Hotels.com and Capital One have joined forces, offering travelers 10% cash back on hotel bookings. It's as simple as using the Capital One Venture One credit card when checking out at Hotels.com.

We have the Capital One Venture One card that we use exclusively for this offer. This card has no annual fee, making it a no-brainer if you plan to use Hotels.com.

Step 4: Filter Search Results for Free Breakfast

Breakfast is worth $10+ to our family of 5. With our budget, free breakfast is equal to saving 10-20% on our stay.

Hotels.com makes it possible to filter results to show only hotels that offer free breakfast. 

Hotels Free Breakfast

It's as easy as checking a box!!!

Step 5: Search Deals Only

Hotel Deals

Hotels use online travel agencies like Hotels.com because they help book unsold inventory.

A primary tactic for quickly booking unsold inventory is offering discounted prices. Consumers like us gobble up great deals.

Hotels.com has a deals section that contains all such offers. Many of which offer discounts of 10% or more. Find it here.

Once on the results page, sort as follows:

  • Price from 'Low to High'

Then, filter as follows:

  • 3, 4 and 5 star

We have and continue to find amazing deals this way.

So there we have it....let's do some quick "back of the napkin" math on our Hotels.com savings.

  • 6% savings for having a Hotels.com account
  • 9% savings for Hotels.com Rewards loyalty program
  • 10% savings for Hotels.com Capital One cash back partnership
  • 10% free breakfast
  • 10% special deals

Add it all up for a grand total of 50% savings! Not bad for very little effort.

It is unlikely that you'll save 50% every booking, but it is easy to save ~35% at a minimum.

Important: it may be possible to save more money using discount gift cards, cash back shopping portals, etc.

Doing so is a hassle and not worth the time. We focus on simplicity in everything we do, including saving $$$.

Simplicity makes things sustainable. Sustainability is required for consistency. Consistency is the key to success.

What did I miss? What other ways have you saved money at Hotels.com?

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