How this ONE sentence in an email can save you 30% on your hotel cost while travelling: ‘It works every time’
- Money expert Queenie Tan has shared how she saves up to 30 per cent on hotels
- The 26-year-old revealed the exact email template she sends to managers
- She includes the location, dates and simply asks for a discount
- On TikTok other travellers said the simple tip works ‘every time’
A finance expert travelling around Europe has shared the email template she sends hotels to secure between 15 and 30 per cent off the booking.
Queenie Tan, 26, from Sydney, posted a video detailing the script she uses when planning trips away and said she simply asks the hotel manager for a discount in exchange for booking through the venue and not a third party website.
The TikTok clip has since been viewed more than 21,000 times and received a number of positive comments from travellers who confirmed the hack works for them as well.
Scroll down for video
Sydney finance guru Queenie Tan (pictured) has shared how to secure a discount when booking a hotel
Queenie Tan, 26, posted a now-viral video on social media detailing the exact email template she sends hotel managers when planning trips away. In the clip she includes where she’s travelling to, the dates she’s planning to stay and asks if the hotel would offer her a discount
As some third party website charge a commission, which can vary between 15 and 30 per cent, Queenie said many hotels will happily pass on that discount to their customers.
She begins by writing: ‘Dear manager, I’m planning to go to Santorini between X and Y, and your hotel came up and looks amazing!
‘I was wondering if you were open to offering me a discount so I can book directly through your website rather than going through a third party?’
She then concludes the email by thanking the manage for their consideration then adds ‘I’m keen to hear back from you either way.’
‘And don’t forget to follow up with them a week later just so they know you’re really interested,’ she said.
Queenie’s email template she sends to hotels:
Dear manager, I’m planning to go to [insert location] between X and Y, and your hotel came up and looks amazing!
I was wondering if you were open to offering me a discount so I can book directly through your website rather than going through a third party?
Thanks so much for your consideration. I’m keen to hear back from you either way.
‘Thanks for actually showing us what to say!!’ one person commented.
‘When I did this in Santorini a few months back i actually got nearly a 50 per cent discount plus an upgrade. Really works if the place is touristy!!’ another person added.
A third wrote: ‘Most times I’ve just gone to the hotel. Or called them and asked really politely if they price match third party discounts, 100 per cent of the time they do.’
Queenie and her fiancé Pablo, 30, (right) started their global trip in Singapore and will be heading to London, Paris, New York, Vancouver and Las Vegas before returning to Sydney
Earlier this year Queenie shared another video revealing how she saved a further 20 per cent off when travelling (pictured: at a festival in Ibiza with friends)
Earlier this year Queenie shared another video revealing how she saved a further 20 per cent off when travelling.
Queenie and her fiancé Pablo, 30, started their global trip in Singapore and will be heading to London, Paris, New York, Vancouver and Las Vegas before returning to Sydney.
The couple stayed at Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore and saved $158.55 simply by booking through the website, ShopBack.
How to save money when travelling:
- Bring food to the airport
- Bring a water bottle and snacks
- Pack light so you don’t need to pay for checked luggage
- Use a card with no foreign transaction fees
- Book at least six weeks in advance
- Sign up for travel newsletters and sales alerts
- Be flexible with your travel dates
- Check hotel prices on multiple websites
- Use cashback services on flights and accommodation
Source: Smart Women Society
Queenie shared the simple hack in an Instagram video and said it doesn’t hurt to tell the hotel staff if you’re celebrating a special occasion too, as they received a free room upgrade with chocolates since they recently got engaged.
‘This is how I saved 20 per cent off my hotel! Activate ShopBack so you can get extra cashback on your booking,’ Queenie said in the video.
‘And if you’re celebrating a special occasion, make sure you tell them! We got a free room upgrade and chocolates because we just got engaged.’
ShopBack is a rewards program where users can receive a small percentage of cash back from their online purchases.