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Top hotel deals

Reserve a room on the cheap with brand names like Marriott, Hilton, Atlantis, Great Wolf Lodge and more.

After years of chasing down the best hotel deals, our travel team is confident that there’s no need to pay full price for a comfortable overnight stay. We’ve rounded up deals and discounts at hotels ranging from Hyatt to Motel 6, Atlantis Resort and dozens of other brands, along with booking sites galore, so you can reserve your next hotel room for cheap.

  • Pro tip — Bundling your flight and hotel booking can help you score super low rates on both, so you’ll also see vacation package deals here.

Top hotel deals for May 2021

Priceline Priceline

Up to 50% off highest rated hotels on your next booking

Expedia.com Expedia.com

Up to 75% off travel deals

How to find the best hotel deals

Save more money for sightseeing, dining and general adventuring in your destination by scoring a fabulously low hotel deal up front. Here are some of our expert-backed tips for finding the best hotel deals.

  • Use a hotel booking site. Platforms like Booking.com, Expedia and Orbitz can help you compare hundreds of hotels all at once. Narrow down your search by applying filters, whether you want to organize your options by price, amenities, location or another feature.
  • Wait for last-minute deals. You can usually score low rates when you wait until the last minute to book, with an app like HotelTonight or Priceline’s Tonight Only deals, which go live at 11 a.m.
  • Take a leap of faith. To maintain a luxury brand or price threshold, some hotels don’t advertise their mega-low rates to the public. You can use a tool like Hotwire or Priceline’s Express Deals to book a “mystery” hotel room in your desired location. Basically, you’ll get a super cheap rate but won’t know the name of the hotel until after you book — though you’ll be able to see the neighborhood, star rating, amenities and photos of the rooms.
  • Stay off the beaten path. Booking a room in a less-touristy area can help you find better deals. For example, when visiting Chicago, you’ll see the highest prices near the famed Magnificent Mile, while hotel rooms in Logan Square — a more residential neighborhood — are generally cheaper.
  • Join a loyalty program. Many hotels save their best deals for members of their rewards programs or mailing list. If you travel frequently, picking one hotel chain and sticking with it can help you get free nights, upgrades and other perks. With Marriott Bonvoy, for instance, you’ll rack up points with every booking, which you can redeem for freebies later on.
  • Pick up the phone. If you’re up for a chat, you could call the hotel directly to negotiate the nightly rate. They may be inclined to drop the price to incentivize your stay, depending on how busy they expect to be.
  • Consider a travel credit card. Similar to loyalty programs, lots of hotels have branded credit cards that offer major savings — like IHG, which gives you 25x points on all IHG purchases (about 15% back in reward dollars). You could also open a more generic travel credit card that isn’t specific to a chain, like Chase Freedom Unlimited, which gives you up to 5% back on select travel-related categories.
  • Double-check for discounts. Keep in mind that AAA members, seniors, students, government employees, veterans and active military members are all eligible for discounts at most hotel chains and many privately owned and operated hotels too. Don’t book without checking to see if you can tack on an extra discount.
  • Book your travel on Black Friday, Cyber Monday or Travel Tuesday. If you have some flexibility, you could wait until the weekend after Thanksgiving to book. We typically see up to 75% off hotel rooms during this time and big discounts from brand names like Hilton, Wyndham and even Sandals.

Hotel and flight packages

Expedia.com Expedia.com

Up to 75% off travel deals

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Travelocity Travelocity

Vacation packages now under $400

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Orbitz Orbitz

Save up to $374 with Bali hotel + flight packages

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Orbitz Orbitz

Last-minute package deals to Bali

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Groupon Groupon

Up to 60% off ski and snowboard deals near you

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When traveling, follow safety measures that include wearing a mask in public, social distancing and washing your hands. If you are diagnosed with, have symptoms of or are waiting for COVID-19 test results — or are otherwise at risk of illness — do not attend gatherings or travel for 14 days.

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