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Bargain US Breaks

The US has always been a popular destination for UK travellers, with Orlando, New York and Las Vegas leading the charge. Figures released by USA Today show that hotels across the pond have had a great 2012, selling 106 million rooms in July alone. This is in spite of fewer new hotels opening and the ongoing worldwide recession.

Sadly for us, strong demand inevitably leads to higher prices. USA Today’s data shows that room rates in Boston, Miami, San Francisco and Hawaii have risen by 7-12% in the last year off the back of 73-86% occupancy levels.

All of this means that, for those looking to grab a stateside bargain, deals can be harder to come by. Fortunately we’ve still managed to find a few recently.

This Boston hotel is a steal at £55 per night including taxes. Twenty minutes from the city centre, the W Boston is close to attractions such as the Freedom Trail, a pathway through the city’s downtown area that takes in 16 key historical sites. More centrally located is the Sheraton Commander Hotel, where rates have been cut to £113 per night.

Our US office also has this Hawaii hotel from £105 per night, with availability until June, 2013. That’s 35% off the Sheraton Keauhou Bay’s usual prices. There are also San Francisco and Miami deals available.

If we don’t have anything that suits you right now (we are always adding more), here are some tips for finding the best US hotel deal:

  • Try to be flexible -- mid-week prices in cities will be higher than weekends and vice versa for coastal or country properties
  • Consider booking a package deal. Some agents will negotiate exclusive prices with large hotels and bundle it up with a flight -- this can often be cheaper than packaging a trip yourself
  • Do you need to be in the city centre? You’re likely to get more for your money if you go further out -- just make sure transport links are good
  • Keep taxes in mind -- US hotels don’t need to list these in their headline prices (although we do in the UK) and this can add as much as 12% to the room rate

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Deal Expert, London
Monday, 3 December 2012
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