8 tips for booking hotels for the holidays, including how to get last-minute deals and room upgrades


Hotels are a top lodging choice of many leisure travelers in the US this year, despite rising room rates.


For a last-minute deal, call the front desk or reservations line and ask if they have flexibility on their rate.


Get more value from your stay by booking a hotel with on-site experiences or seasonal packages with free perks.


Talk to the hotel staff for local recommendations and other trip-planning guidance.


Enrolling in hotel rewards programs, which are similar to airline points program, can help you earn room upgrades, the experts said.


Specify while making your reservation if you'd like to request an early check-in or late check-out.


Research the hotel you're staying at to choose your ideal room, whether that's one with the best view or a room that will be more quiet.


If you visit a certain hotel often, a small thank-you gesture to staff can go a long way toward getting an upgrade on a future visit.

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