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WAYS TO SAVE ON ACCOMMODATION EXPENSES FOR YOUR FISHING TRIP

With so many options to book accommodation online, it is easy to get fooled into thinking you are getting a good deal. Getting a good deal on accommodation for the nights before and after a boat fishing charter is an excellent way to extend a fishing trip experience. You have the time to try some very local fishing and you have the time together after your fishing charter to talk about all those exciting experiences.

Here is a look at how to get a better deal on hotel and motel rooms, and other types of accommodation, and reduce your expenses while you are staying at them while getting more bang for your buck.

ACCOMMODATION ONLINE SEARCH TIPS

The only way to know is to take a look at them all. With so many user review websites and accommodation booking engines (and those like Tripadvisor, which provides both services), just about anyone who provides accommodation can easily hook themselves in these services. That means most accommodation options are available through them.

Now that being said, there is a lot of competition and a lot of relationships going on behind the scenes. The market is quite competitive. I’ve found that there isn’t any one particular booking engine that consistently delivers at the best prices. Furthermore, it is important to look at what is included in the price you pay. I have stood in hotel lobbies and booked online at the front desk cheaper than they were able to offer me and in other cases, I could negotiate a better deal by going direct.

What is the lesson here? It pays to look around and whatever you find in your Google search results should be compared with what that accommodation provider can offer you directly. You’ll probably notice that there is no link or direct contact details for any accommodation provider inside just about all of the accommodation booking engines. You’ll need to search for that provider again in Google to get in direct touch with them.

There is one big if and but to all of the above. Rewards programs can be very beneficial if you repeatedly use one site for making your bookings. That continues on to include your credit card. Smarter purchasing takes a little effort these days.

So that’s covered what you need to do when getting started and tracking down the best deal. Now it is time to look at getting more out of those deals.

ACCOMMODATION EXTRAS

The more accommodation extras and services included, the better. However, you are paying for them one way or another even if that cost is reduced, so it is important to make sure those extras are things you will actually use. Commonly included extras I look for are free wifi and breakfast. I refuse to pay those ridiculous rates for wifi connections and I love to get a free breakfast. It means you are fuelled up for the day without even touching your wallet.

STAY IN ACCOMMODATION OUTSIDE OF THE CENTRAL DISTRICT

This one can go both ways. Accommodation that is slightly out of the way is often quite a lot cheaper. Nevertheless, the cost of going backwards and forwards can negate that lower prices. I always think about what I need around me at the time and know what is available. If the immediate surroundings of the accommodation has what I need for that particular stay, I’ll go for the option that is not in a higher priced central district.

REDUCE THE MINIBAR AND ROOM SERVICE

The minibar is one of the most tempting budget-breakers when staying anywhere. Food on room service menus (plus the cost of tips) gets expensive very fast. You pay higher prices for anything in the minibar because you are paying for the convenience. The simple solution is to buy a few things you need overnight and bring them into your room and eat outside where you can get a better deal. Don’t think you can replace what you took from the minibar later. If you consumed it, you will have to pay for it.

UPGRADE TO A SUITE

If you are travelling in a group on your fishing trip, upgrading to a suit is often cheaper than 2 rooms. Suites normally offer more space and sleeping arrangements for a number of people. Staying in a suite can add a sense of comradery to your fishing party.

AVOID THE PEAK PERIODS

Just like airline flights, accommodation prices can change greatly from day to day, especially on public holidays and the like. Hotels in popular destinations generally raise their rates on weekends. Business hotels are the opposite. They tend to reduce their rates when their business is slow, which is normally the weekends. I like to use booking engines and compare rates over different days to get an idea of how these prices change.

You can also find accommodation OnDECK has sorted through that is better suited those on a fishing trip. Use OnDECK’s Discover Australia Map to locate fishing accommodation and those contact details for any region across Australia.
 


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Jake Taylor
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Jake is a global traveller who has recently called Australia his home again. If he's not travelling, he is writing about it and his experience.