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Online Hotel Booking Tips

1. Score a Great Deal

A just-launched global database of hotel discounts, cheapostay.com, is true to its name, listing more than 85,000 properties with rates up to 50 percent off. You can search by name, city, airport, or nearby landmark. At press time, we discovered a double room at Le Méridien Montparnasse, in Paris, for just $255. Meanwhile, veteran booking site hotels.com has added a new feature: every Tuesday at 12:01 a.m., the site posts approximately 400 new packages—they’re only listed for 24 hours, so the earlier you log on, the better your odds of snagging a discount. You’ll find bargains primarily in the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean, and Canada. The best part?Offers are for rooms that can be booked through the year.

2. Get Traveler Feedback

The new research site travelpost.com helps you decide where you should (or should not) stay by culling more than 2 million user reviews from 10 websites, including IgoUgo, Orbitz, and Travelocity.

3. Decide the Best Time to Go

The latest calendar-based research tool at kayak.com allows you to view the lowest room rates each day for the next two months—a double at New York’s Tribeca Grand Hotel, for example, costs $290 on May 23, but jumps to $371 one week later. Yapta also launched a new rate-tracking tool that lets you keep an eye on prices at properties worldwide.

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