Relaxed Luxury at L’Auberge Lake Charles We stayed at L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana during the Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras ...
1. Shopped for the best rate on the company website
A friend recommended Country Inn & Suites for my stay in New Orleans. The best rate for one night using Country Inn & Suites was $86.
2. Entered a group rate code
I selected the option for a AAA rate. Sometimes I use a different group rate, whether it is an organization (such as Costco) or other special code. The website returned a AAA rate of $79 ($7 savings).
3. Checked the rate for a two night stay
In case I decided to stay for two nights, I wanted to know if there was a discount. Indeed there was; a 20% discount off the AAA rate. For a two night stay, the rate was $63.20 ($23 savings per night).
4. Looked at the Entertainment rate.
Anyone can go to entertainment.com and look for discounted hotel rates. Their rate for Country Inn & Suites was $55.30 ($31 savings per night).
5. Use a discount certificate.
I usually buy an Entertainment discount book each year for my local area. It includes 2-for-1 dining and other discounts. In each Entertainment book there is a mail-in rebate certificate. After my hotel stay I can get a $30 rebate ($15 per night). My effective rate is reduced to $40.30 ($46 savings per night).
From the initial quoted rate of $89, I found a lower AAA rate (saving 9%), followed by a discounted 2 night stay (27%), and finally a non-published but available to anyone who knows rate (38%). When my rebate is issued, I will ultimately save 55%. These steps do not work for every hotel stay but will apply to many. Happy travel deal hunting!