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3 On Your Side: How To Snag A Hotel Deal

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Jim Donovan is a 13-time Emmy Award-winning consumer reporter w...
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By Jim Donovan

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – From road warriors to weekend road trippers, we all want to make our travel budgets go further. With hotel prices on the rise, you have to be even savvier about how you spend every dollar.

You don’t have to be a travel expert to cut down on your next hotel bill. You just have to do a little research before your trip.

Travel and Leisure Magazine has done some of the legwork and if you follow their advice, you could see the savings stack up.

Find sites that automatically refund you if the price of the room drops after you’ve booked.

While you’re booking online consider bundling. By combining your airfare and rental car with your hotel, you could save a percentage off your total bill.

Loyalty programs can be a great way to take advantage of hotel amenities and upgrades. Many programs are free and offer services such as free-WiFi, room upgrades, even free breakfasts, cocktails and spa credits.

Booking on club levels may look pricey on paper, but when you add up the services, amenities and meals you get, you could be booking a bargain.

Finally, Travel & Leisure also suggests getting “social” with your hotel.

“Liking” loyalty programs could earn you extra savings and advance notice of sales. If you introduce yourself on Facebook before your arrival, you could find an upgrade waiting for you upon check-in. And if you’re on Twitter, tweet the property before you book and you could get the inside scoop on upcoming deals too.