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4 hotel hacks to save you money.

For your Thursday Tips, here are 4 hotel hacks to save you money on your next trip from a Lifehack travel blogger Mani Karthik.
Tip #1 Join AAA (Even if You Don’t Own a Car and Never Drive).  Many hotel offer significant discounts for AAA members.  If you travel frequently for pleasure or for business, or even if you take one big trip each year, your savings could more than pay for the price of a membership.  Also, if you plan to drive abroad, AAA is one of two organizations within the United States authorized to issue International Driving Permits, which not only make it easier to rent.
Book directly with the hotel. You may receive “off the books” discounts or upgrades.

One phone call can translate into savings that really add up.  This is especially true if you book during the off-season, when many hotels have rooms standing empty.  And you are an member of a particular hotel brand..download the hotel’s app and check there first for deals.

Speaking of calling the hotel directly.  Traveling with friends?  Inquire about group discounts.Is your entire extended family gathering for a reunion?  Are you getting married and your guests will need a place to stay?  Provide the hotel with a heads-up and you may receive a discounted group rate or a free upgrade to the honeymoon suite. It doesn’t hurt to ask.
When it comes to upgrades, just ask.  Sometimes the simplest way to receive a break on your hotel room is to come right out and ask for an upgrade.  If you’re not bold enough to take the direct approach, a more subtle approach is to ask to see different rooms before you check in.  You’ll spare yourself from being booked in a dingy room facing an alley that’s no cheaper than the nice room across the hall facing the skyline.