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					Finding Bargain Basement Accommodations

One of the things I've noticed through my many travels is that people
often give up on the possibility of a good deal before even trying to get
one. The art of bartering seems to be a lost art as is the art of
comparison-shopping. When it comes to travel and vacation, every penny
that you save on accommodations, food, and transportation is one more
penny you have to spend on entertainment and adventure.

There are certainly plenty of both to be had in the wonderful city of New
York and a vacation here is much like Alice's adventures in wonderland.
There is just so much to do and see that it is almost impossible to know
where to begin. I recommend making arrangements to save money before ever
arriving in the city. One of the ways you can do that is by investing a
little time each evening and making copious notes about whom you've
talked to where and what they've had to offer you as far as price and
perks for accommodations.

Most hotels today are quite willing to offer incentives to their guests
in order to have warm bodies filling their beds. All good managers know
that a filled bed earns them more money than empty beds under their care
and the more money earned under their care, the more secure their
positions. That being said, if you take wonderful notes about the other
hotels you've discussed tentative arrangements with you are very likely
to be able to strike a deal with one or more of them that is far more
favorable then the original deal offered.

This of course, will not work if you are trying for a weekend that is
likely to be a popular travel weekend so if you're considering a popular
holiday or extended weekend for your trip this is probably not the best
idea and you should probably be glad for any off er you can find. That
being said almost any other weekend on the planet is fair game unless
there are some very large and popular local events that may be drawing a
sell out crowd for the local hotel industry.

Back to what I was saying, you can often not only get a better price by
going between two competing hotels, but also added perks like tickets to
shows, free meals, spa packages at the hotels spa, gift certificates to
the hotel gift store. There are often little things a manager is willing
to do in order to get your business with the assumption (often correct I
might add) that he will make up the differences in add-ons and other
purchases.

Some managers may get annoyed and confuse being frugal with being cheap.
Please remember to tip properly. It's one thing to save money by being
frugal and another thing to do so by simply being cheap. If you do not
treat the staff well they will remember you long after you're gone. But
that's another story all together. The trick is in always being polite
when dealing with managers on the phone and going with your best deal.

It is also important that you realize the best deal may not be in the
cheapest room. If you're getting one or two meals each day of your
staying and only paying $5 0r $10 more a day for t he privilege then you
are very well coming out ahead in the bargain, particularly if one of
those meals is dinner.

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