Travel aficionados and penny pinchers will know that there’s a science to booking flights and hotels if you want to get most bang for your buck. Of course, it’s no different with a staycation, especially if you’re comparing prices on sites like Expedia.
But with so many staycation deals and so little time to trawl through them all, these saving hacks may help you get the most bang for your buck on your next staycation booking.
Tip #1: It’s best to book on a Monday.
Planning a staycation involves planning which day of the week you actually book your accommodation. According to Expedia’s historical data on average daily rates of hotels in Singapore, the lowest prices on the travel booking website are most commonly found when booking on a Monday. These findings were based on data from Sep 1 to Dec 31, 2019.
Tip #2: You save up to 20 per cent if you book a hotel stay on a weekday.
This is a no-brainer. If you’re willing to take leave to slink away for a staycay, you’re able to take advantage of weekday deals. Additionally, Expedia’s data also shows that if you check in on a weekday, you could save up to 20 per cent as compared to a weekend staycay. Save money and avoid weekend crowds? Sounds like a win-win situation.
Tip #3: Layer promos and cashback deals to save more.
If you thought that loyalty program points were a thing of a pre-Covid past, you’re wrong. Expedia Rewards members still rack up points whenever they book a hotel stay in Sinagpore (in addition to perks such as free room upgrades or VIP access at hotels, if available). These points can be used to shave off a few bucks on your booking. There are also additional discounts if you use its mobile app to book. But you could save even more if you play your (credit) cards right — utilise cashback or credit card deals (the site has tie-ups with major credit cards, payment providers and cashback site Shopback).
Tip #4: To book direct from the hotel or not? It really depends.
With the pandemic upending life as we know it this year, hotels in Singapore have been rolling out staycation promos and throwing in extra perks in these deals. So it may still be worth doing some homework to weigh the pros and cons of booking directly from the hotel. We did a random check on room rates on the hotel websites versus Expedia (admittedly, not on a Monday, but a Tuesday), and got a mixed bag of results.
Basic room rates at the three hotels we checked — lyf Funan Singapore, Shangri-La Hotel and Hilton Singapore — were the same as prices listed on Expedia. Booking direct, however, may mean you get additional perks such as early check-ins and late check-outs, among others, though it varies from hotel to hotel. The bottomline? There’s still homework to be done if you truly want to save money on a staycation booking, no matter which day of the week.
Photos: Expedia, Hilton Singapore