Should You Book Hotels Last Minute?

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May 22, 2018

by KATE BARRACOSA, Writer

When is the best time to book a hotel? Kate Barracosa quizzes two experts.

Last minute

André Jacques

Director of sales and marketing, The Langham, Melbourne

“Hotels know when they have rooms available at short notice so they’ll often give last-minute rates. If you avoid peak times, you can score great offers and, depending on availability, access higher room categories at discounted prices. Some of my best travel experiences have been snap decisions. So much in our lives is planned down to the minute so it’s good to be spontaneous and make special memories.”

Months before

Stacey Dean

Marketing director, AccorHotels Australia

“Booking in advance gives you options such as the first choice of where you want to stay and the type of room you want. You’re also better able to arrange what you’ll do, especially with dining; restaurants like Attica in Melbourne book out months ahead. I like to plan trips around public holidays. To do that, you need to book early. If you’re early enough, there’s a greater chance of getting add-ons.”

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