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    • By Hackers76 16th Sep 17, 11:08 AM
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    Marriott Hotels 16th Sep 17 at 11:08 AM
    Hi

    I am organising a group trip to the States next year, flights and Vegas accommodation are sorted I just need to book our stay in Santa Monica. We need 4 rooms for 2 midweek nights at the start of May.

    We have selected the Courtyard by Marriott near the Santa Monica Pier but just trying to figure out when will be best to book. Does anyone know if Marriott gets involved in Black Friday for deals or if they have annual sales (like the airlines do)?

    With the pound slightly stronger I am tempted to book now but don't want to jump in if there could be a sale round the corner,

    TIA

    Darren
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    • By MoneyMate 16th Sep 17, 11:38 AM
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    Have a great holiday but don't forget CashBack sites

    https://www.topcashback.co.uk/search/merchants/?s=Marriott+Hotels
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    • lesley74
    • By lesley74 17th Sep 17, 4:22 AM
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    Are you with their rewards programme. Might be worth looking into. Also, since you have set ideas on staying there, perhaps contact them directly by email, or call them and see what they can do. You never know.

    Other options, although slightly risky, is see if they are on Priceline or Hotwire. Look up the hotel lists on betterbidding.com (if it still exists?) and see if you could target them via the bidding sites.
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    Yes, the big chains do reduce their prices the closer you get to stay date. But, get too close to stay date and they then start to go up.

    What I do is book the hotel I want some time in advance on a cancellable booking, i.e. cancel more then so many days (usually 1 or 3) before stay date and no penalty. I then monitor the price and when it goes down, cancel original booking and book again, very easy to do using their website, again using a cancellable booking.

    Finally, a few days before travelling, look at the non-cancellable price which is usually always the cheapest option. The knack is knowing when this price is removed from the pricing options. I've found this is usually about a week before the stay date.

    It can be a lot of hassle, but you can save hundreds. On my last trip to the USA we saved at least £300 doing this over the 14 nights we were there.
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    • By jackieblack 19th Sep 17, 7:30 AM
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    Yes, the big chains do reduce their prices the closer you get to stay date. But, get too close to stay date and they then start to go up.

    What I do is book the hotel I want some time in advance on a cancellable booking, i.e. cancel more then so many days (usually 1 or 3) before stay date and no penalty. I then monitor the price and when it goes down, cancel original booking and book again, very easy to do using their website, again using a cancellable booking.

    Finally, a few days before travelling, look at the non-cancellable price which is usually always the cheapest option. The knack is knowing when this price is removed from the pricing options. I've found this is usually about a week before the stay date.

    It can be a lot of hassle, but you can save hundreds. On my last trip to the USA we saved at least £300 doing this over the 14 nights we were there.
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