Traveling and hotels are more popular than ever. The industry has rebounded since the coronavirus pandemic, with pent-up demand fueled by easing of travel restrictions and cheaper airfares. But hotels are also pricier than usual, with prices increasing as supply lags behind demand.
Frequent travelers know how to rack up miles and take advantage of elite status perks. But even the most seasoned travelers may not be aware of some hotel-saving secrets.
For example, some websites and apps offer bargain deals at the last minute. These are often offered by hotels that need to clear out rooms before the weekend or during big events like a convention or wedding. These types of deals are not usually advertised. They can be a great way to get a hotel room for less, but they’re not a sure thing.
Similarly, home sharing accommodations that can be rented on Airbnb or similar services are becoming more and more popular for business trips. These homes and apartments can be more comfortable, familiar and practical than a sterile hotel room, and they can be much cheaper for long stays, especially as many offer monthly rates. The growing popularity of these alternatives to hotels has prompted some travel agencies to launch programs that help clients find long-term rentals in popular destinations. UNOH’s program in Travel and Hotel Management includes in-class field trips that expose students to these opportunities. In addition, the program includes courses in Event Planning, which involves putting together corporate meetings, fundraisers, conventions, trade shows, parties, weddings and sporting events.