Getting More Bang for Your Hotel Buck

moneycashIs there anything more irritating to a frugal traveler than having to pay hundreds of dollars for a single hotel room that you only have access to for less than 24 hours? In many cases, hotels are cutting corners even more by pushing back check-in time to 4 p.m. and moving up check-out time to 11 a.m.

What a rip-off.

Fortunately, some hotels are offering budget-conscious guests a reprieve by allowing for later check-out times on Sunday morning.  For example, Westin Hotels & Resorts recently debuted a “Make Monday Better” deal for travelers looking to extend their weekend stay.  The program gives guests visiting at any of the chain’s 103 properties the option to check-out of their rooms at 3 p.m. rather than 11 in the morning.

Meanwhile, La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs, California, is also jumping on the late check-out bandwagon by offering a Sunday 5 p.m. check-out for free throughout the summer months.  That means guests can use the resort’s 41 pools and still take a shower in their rooms before heading home without getting slapped with a late fee.

Also adding value to their guests’ stays is Hyatt Union Square New York, which lets guests stay for 24 hours from Thursday to Sunday.  In addition, The Peninsula Beverly Hills offers a unique program called “Peninsula Time.”  It allows guests to stay at the hotel for longer than 24 hours.  What’s more, you can check in and out at any hour of the day or night at no additional charge provided you place your request when you make your reservations.  That means if you want to check-in at 7 a.m. one day and leave at 10 p.m. the next you can do so without having to blow your budget.

Novotel hotels also features Sunday checkouts as late as 5 p.m. for free.  However, if you want to leave later on any other day of the week you will have to shell out $75.  Radisson Blu has a similar offering:  You can get a free checkout as late as 6 p.m. any day of the week, unless there is limited availability.  If the hotel is full, you can still check-out late, but it will cost you 20% to 50% of your room rate.


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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.