Survey Shows Booking in Advance Most Common Way to Save on Hotels

Sep 26, 2012, 14:07 ET from GO Airport Express

CHICAGO, Sept. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- When asked how they save on hotels, 45 percent of travelers book rooms far in advance, according to a survey conducted by  GO Airport Express, which provides airport shuttles to and from O'Hare International Airport and  Midway Airport.  More than 620 people participated in the survey, in which they were allowed to provide multiple answers.

Thirty one percent of respondents use organizations' membership discounts, such as AAA and AARP to reduce hotel costs. Using online services such as are used by 26% percent of respondents with hotel loyalty programs close behind at 25 percent.

Just under 15 percent rely on their employers for negotiated corporate rate.  Traveling during off peak times and using frequent flyer points for hotel rooms tied at eleven percent. Seven percent noted they look for last minute deals while 12 percent don't use any strategies at all to save on hotels.  Six percent checked they use all options listed that were listed in the survey.  

Write-in suggestions included using government discounts and discounted rates offered through convention sites.

"It appears savvy travelers are using a combination of tools to get the best deals," says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express

GO Airport Express, one of the oldest companies in Chicago, traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago's railroad stations and the downtown hotels. It is a founding member of The GO Group LLC, the nation's largest airport transportation provider, serving some 60 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year.

SOURCE GO Airport Express