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10 Hotel Hacks To Make Your Vacation (After The Pandemic) Even Better

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With the pandemic still underway, a lot of people are getting antsy to travel. Though some may not feel safe just yet, a lot of people are already looking into booking flights and hotels. We've rounded up the best hotel hacks from the internet to make your post-pandemic vacation the best it can possibly be, whenever that may be.

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    The Perks Of Being Nice

    From Redditor /u/RecycleThisMessage

    If you'll be in the same hotel for four or five nights, be sure to leave a nice tip each morning for the maid who cleans your room. Nice extra things, like fluffy bathrobes, will start appearing. Don't wait until you are checking out to leave the tip.

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    Check For Refundable Trips

    From Redditor /u/danico216

    I put in fully refundable bookings (including for hotels) for May and August trips over Labor Day weekend. Even though I know there's a chance they won't happen, it's keeping my mind active and giving me something to look forward to. Although I should note that I specifically booked domestic trips that I thought were less likely to be canceled or make me feel unsafe if COVID is still an issue: national parks trips out west (the Utah Mighty 5, and Grand Teton/Yellowstone/Glacier). I expect to rebook my canceled 2020 Vietnam trip for 2022 once those dates open up.

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    Hotel Hack

    From Redditor /u/Bas7ard

    As a front desk supervisor, I can offer a few tips. Always make a reservation for 1 adult as most hotels will charge you around $10 for every extra person. Also, you can always almost book at AAA rate or AARP rate even if you don't have a membership, front desk staff usually don't care enough to look and see if you have your card on you.

    Most hotels will allow you to haggle with them as long as they aren't almost sold out, just tell them how much you're willing to pay and they can work with you. Hotels also receive a lot of business from Hotwire and other third-party sources which have negotiated rate codes with the hotel. Whenever someone books a hotwire room at my hotel we only make $49 off the room even though it might be listed for $119 or more on our website. Hotwire will then advertise this room for $60 or so on their website, sometimes you can negotiate a great deal with the hotel by offering to eliminate the middle man.

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    On Smiling And Upgrades

    From Redditor /u/supergodmasterforce

    Be friendly and polite to all the staff. I've received free upgrades (usually just up to the next level of the room) from simply asking how someone's day is going before now. Tip well (even in the UK) especially if you're staying for several days or will return in the future. You will be remembered.

    Also, I'm not 100% sure if all chains will do this but I know some that do, if If you book online and there's an offer for an upgrade for a certain price, take it.

    They do a deal where you pay for your room and can pay an extra £40 or so for an upgrade if one is available upon check-in. If there isn't you get the money back but if there is, it can be a bargain. I've stayed in the £350 a night suites with complimentary drinks and a 4 poster bed for £100 before now.

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