I received a question from a reader recently and since it’s one I get often, I thought I would do a post on the topic.



Hi Johnny,

I love reading your newsletter you do a great job,  I need a tip from you. I’m coming to California, specifically to Santa Barbara for 6 days in a couple weeks, how do I get a good deal or discount on a hotel? Thanks and hope your family is doing well. ~ Robert

When I look for hotels, I shop around, checking a variety of websites including popular third party sites like Booking.com, Expedia, Travelocity and Priceline. I also use apps that specialize in last-minute hotel bookings like HotelTonight.

When I find a good price, I then check the hotel’s website directly (here’s a website with all of the hotel phone numbers and websites) to see if it’s the same price or relatively close. If it is, then I will book directly since guests usually get better rooms at check-in, it’s easier to refund and most importantly, earn points and get free WiFi. FYI: It’s no secret that hotels don’t like paying third-party commission rates, which is why they do everything they can to give loyal customers more perks.

If you don’t care about miles and points or brand loyalty and just want to save money, then you will want to check out a hotel wholesale supplier that I just partnered with.  JohnnyJet.com readers now have exclusive access to wholesale hotel rates at more than 600,000 worldwide locations. You can save up to 60% off of what you would pay at sites like Expedia and Priceline.

You’ll enjoy no blackout dates or restrictions at major hotel brands like Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott, and Wyndham. These rates are not offered to the public, which is why they require you to register (it takes a minute and they won’t sell your email). Their deals are seriously cheaper than anything else you will find but keep in mind, you most likely won’t get elite benefits or points and they’re non-refundable (which is why they’re so much cheaper).

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