If you have been following Major League Mommy for some time, you may have previously caught my Tips For Sports Moms to Reboot During Off-Season. And one of the tips I give involves outlining a plan for when the season starts back.
Part of the plan should include preparation for travel costs. A lot of stress is eliminated when you are well prepared. Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, as a gymnastics mom, I have some tips to help you save money on hotel costs for competition season.
So let’s get to it!
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Use These Hacks to Save Money on Your Hotel
Plan ahead as early as possible
If you already know which locations you will be traveling to throughout the season, you can start looking at the hotels in the area immediately so you can book early.
Many hotels offer advance purchase rates. And you can save quite a bit of money throughout the season just by booking early.
This will also help you to get first dibs on rooms before the rooms sell out for the tournament.
Ask about booking as a team
You can typically get a much better deal on a block of rooms than you would an individual room. If possible, try to coordinate with the rest of the team for you to all book at once.
You can also speak with the coaches to see if they can organize getting a block of rooms for the team. Or perhaps they can book one large airbnb for the entire team. These are things to look into.
Take advantage of hotel loyalty programs
Sign up for loyalty rewards programs for hotels you frequently book. If you have to spend so much time in hotels, you might as well earn some rewards in the process. You can even earn points for free hotel stays which is a really great bonus!
Utilize hotel booking engines
Hotel search engines such as Booking.com can be utilized to find the best deals closest to the tournament. In one spot, you can find all of your best options. This takes a lot of the extra work out of deal hunting for lodging.
Purchase Discounted Airbnb Gift Cards
This is one of my little sneaky tips. We have purchased discounted airbnb gift cards at places like Sam’s Club in the past and used those gift cards to book our stay.
It was an easy way to save a few extra dollars on our stay. It was also helpful to do things this way because we were able to stock up on gift cards throughout the year (even requesting these cards as gifts for special occasions) that helped cover our airbnb costs during competition season.
You don’t have to break the bank throughout the season trying to cover hotel stays. It is possible to save a great deal of money on sports travel, and still be comfortable in close proximity to all the action.
For even more money-saving tips on your travel, you can check out our tips to save money on family travel here.