Call the hotel – Hotel tip

In the Internet age, it’s easy to assume big travel websites are the place to go to get the best deal, but often time some good old fashioned haggling on the phone is all you need.

A travel website recommended a stay at the Holiday Inn in Aurora Colorado for $139 a night. By just calling the Hilton Garden Inn, I was able to secure a room for less money — with more amenities, a free shuttle, long term parking for $10 a month, and large rooms with luxurious bedding.

All I had to do was call and ask.