But, if you've got those vacation days coming to you, and you want to get away, plan your trip for weekdays.
- Lower hotel rates
Hotel prices are based on the number of rooms available. During the week, hotels tend to be less booked, which can lead to lower rates and increase the likelihood of a room-size upgrade or a room with a better view
- Lower airfare
Many airlines raise prices on weekends. Flying during the week may be more cost-effective, especially if you aren't tied to a specific date and can take advantage of last-minute deals on flights.
- Savings on events/entertainment.
Often theatre and other venues will offer weekday performances that are less
expensive than weekend shows. Restaurants, too, often offer weekday-only specials.
- Upgrades at check-in.
Most hotels won't offer an upgrade until they know how many rooms are booked for the night, and it's far more likely the hotel will not be booked up during the week. On arrival, be sure to ask at the front desk if there are any free upgrades available, and the concierge for any special discounts on local attractions or restaurants.
- Late check-out
Many hotel chains offer travelers later check-out times during the week, but may not on the weekend.
- Fewer crowds
Between vacationers, weddings and holidays, weekends are the busiest times. Which means....
- Shorter lines for shopping, dining and theme parks.
Restaurants, museums and malls can be full on the weekends. Visiting these places during the week can cut down on wait times and crowds.
- Research online.
Online rates are often cheaper than rates offered directly by the hotel. Booking online also enables travelers to compare dates easily to fit their budgets and schedules. For those who prefer to book over the phone, check to see if the hotel will match rates found online.
- Research discounts before booking.
Check with hotel loyalty clubs and membership-based organizations such as AARP for upgrades and discounts on hotels, rental cars, restaurants, shopping and local attractions.
Finally, AARP members who are looking for great weekday destinations along with great savings should visit aarpdiscounts.com
You have been officially alerted.