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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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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