Booking a hotel is one of the key factors that require careful consideration when planning a holiday or trip. Sadly, many people tend to overlook or rush through the process only to end up in a place that doesn’t meet their interests and requirements.
By taking your time when booking a hotel, you will get the best price, convenience and comfort. This article highlights some of the tourist traps you should avoid when booking a hotel room.
Hidden Charges Trap
With hidden charges, you will end up paying more than what was listed. The most common hidden fees include resort fees, parking fees and housekeeping fees. You may also be required to pay extra for using some of the hotel’s amenities.
Thus, some of the good deals you come across when browsing through listings can turn out to be very expensive at the end of your trip. To avoid this scam, call the hotel before making your booking and enquire about all the charges you will be expected to pay for.
Also, once you get to the hotel, make sure to ask if extra charges apply before requesting for any service or using the hotel’s amenities.
Cheap Fees for More Nights
Be very careful with offers that give you a huge discount if you pay for a week’s stay or more. While some of these offers are genuine, a good number may turn out to be scams. A great discount can be used to lure you to commit to a long term stay in a hotel that doesn’t have the facilities you need during your trip.
And once you have booked and paid for a room, most hotels will not give you a full refund if you decide to leave. Therefore, you may end up staying in a hotel you don’t like or spending more to move to another hotel. The best way to avoid such a scam is to do your homework well.
Before you book, check out the hotel’s website and reviews by people who have stayed at the hotel before. Additionally, don’t forget to check if the location will be convenient for you.
All Inclusive Trap
All inclusive deals can be cheaper and convenient. However, beware of exclusions in some all-inclusive deals. Can you eat any food and take any drinks, or you are limited to a specific menu and certain drinks? Are there limitations to activities included in the package?
Call the hotel and ask questions before taking an all-inclusive package. Be sure that the package caters for what you actually need. For instance, the unlimited drinks in a certain package could be alcoholic only. Thus, if you need soft drinks, you will end up paying for that out of your pocket.
Don’t make any assumptions; ask for fine details.
Too Good to Be True Deals
If deal looks too good to be true, take your time and do some research. Check if the hotel actually exists and what similar hotels in the area are charging. The prices for hotels with similar features in the same area should be within the same range.
Finally, don’t forget to read reviews. Reviews can tell you whether that ocean view and the king sized bed promised in the listings actually exist.
Fake Hotel Websites
Booking accommodation in Malta directly with a hotel is a safe option. However, note that fraudsters can create fake hotel websites. Therefore, you should double check websites before giving your credit card details. Some of the key warning signs to watch out for include sites with no logo, too good to be true deals, and being asked for full payment in advance.
Fake Listings and Booking Sites
Finally, be wary of fake booking sites and listings. Fraudsters can easily create a site that looks real, steal photos from hotel websites and use them to make listings.
The worst part is that some of them use names of real hotels in Malta when making listings. Thus, if you are not careful, you may end up booking a hotel through a fraudster website, only to be told you never made a booking when you get to Malta.
To avoid falling for this scam, use booking sites that are well known. Confirm that the webpage address is correct. This is because fraudsters can create a webpage with a similar name. If you have never used a certain site before, look for reviews to see if there are travellers who have made successful bookings using the site.
The key to avoiding scams and hotel booking mistakes is to take your time, research well and read through the final print before making a decision. Don’t overlook anything and if the listing is unclear, ask for clarifications. Finally, don’t forget to compare different listings when making your booking and ask for a discount before you pay.