It often pays to recheck your hotel rates prior to checking in at a hotel. We will be staying in 8 different Marriott properties on an upcoming trip and I have saved about $71 (+the money saved on taxes) by rechecking rates so far. For example, for a 2-night stay, I originally made reservations using the senior rate for $178 a night. Several days later, the first night dropped to $167 and the second night to $175 when using the AAA rate. Last night, the second night had dropped to $151 using the AAA rate. Another rate had dropped from $189 to $169 which was the regular rate. No special rates are available. At another hotel, the first night had dropped by $16. The money we've saved will help pay for meals. It's worth my time to check the rates occasionally. Of course, I'm always glad I was able to book early when I see the rates get higher as the trip approaches.
Generally I book up a long way in advance at a rate which is reasonable & cancellable.
Then I will recheck from time to time. The next weekend for one night it ended up Gbp 25 cheaper than initial booking & another night coming up Gbp 10 cheaper. I have saved quite a bit over the years through doing this.
It does certainly pay to recheck but worth Initially booking early.
I just saved ~ $120 by rebooking two upcoming stays under lower rates. I'd been checking those, periodically, but this is the first time they'd dropped. This was a timely reminder, RBF, so thank you.
This is one of the reasons I like Southwest..... because you can cancel an existing reservation, without penalty, then use those funds to book the same flight at a lower rate. Though, I must admit, they are making it harder and harder for me to remain loyal. lol
Also, anyone who qualifies for a government/military rate, you can recheck later if there are none available when you initially book your room. I've learned that they'll make those rates available often, especially if they have low occupancy rates close to check-in date. Also, keep in mind that you can use those rates for personal travel as well as business.