Using hotel chains Best Rate Guarantee (BRG) to your advantage

Back in September we registered for Radisson’s Stay 1 Get 1 Free Night Promotion. The idea was to find a cheap stay that you can then turn into a free stay at an expensive hotel somewhere else. To maximize the promotion, me and my wife booked one night under each of our names and checked out and checked right back into the same room so we could get two free night certificates instead of one.

One great benefit of the BRG is that it not only matches the lower rate, but also gives you an additional 25% off for your trouble. We booked a Radisson in Orlando for $84 a night which was the lowest rate (advanced purchase rate) on the Club Carlson/Radisson website. We started shopping around trying to find a lower rate on any other bookable site, and came across a rate of $69 in Hotelopia through the  hotelscombined search engine. We filled out the ClubCarlson claim form and within 2 days received an email confirmation from ClubCarlson stating our new rate was $52 a night plus tax (69 minus an extra 25%). Even better, when we booked the original reservation, we did so by going through TopCashBack, which was offering 8% cash back on all reservations and saved some more money. So our net cost for the room was $48 plus taxes.

Based on the Stay 1, Get 1 promo, within 3 days of our stay, we each received the free night certificate, which can be used at any Radisson or Radisson Blu in the U.S., Canada or Caribbean. We then used those certificates to book two free rooms for us and our family at the Radisson Martinique in New York City. This hotel was going for $589 per night at the time of booking. Final rate paid for the rooms in Orlando: $48 x 2 nights = $96. Rate at the Radisson Martinique in NYC: $589 x 2 nights = $1,178. Savings: $1,082.

Other hotel chains such as Marriott have similar programs, so even after you book your stay, keep checking sites such as Expedia, Orbitz and Kayak. Chances are the price will drop and you will be rewarded for your effort.

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