I can’t take credit for this travel hacking deal but user chokdee on Flyertalk posted an amazing mistake hotel deal for a 5 star resort in Phuket, Thailand starting at about $13 per night!! And for a few bucks more, you could book yourself in a junior suite or cabana room with direct pool access – again truly an amazing find!
Now the part that makes this great travel hacking is that people didn’t simply stop at booking this room at the discounted rates. They wanted to get the room even cheaper and they did!
The original poster stated he found the room for 25 pounds per night on Expedia which is about $42 per night. Obviously a great rate but not good enough apparently for some. I recommend reading through the thread but here some key components that shows just how great travel hacking can be.
1) Some travel hackers started looking on foreign travel sites (in the US we typically think of Orbitz, Expedia, Travelocity) and found even better rates on ebookers.com (UK), ebookers.de (Germany) and asiarooms.com
2) To make an amazing deal even better, someone noticed suites or higher level rooms were pricing for only a few bucks more. Why get a standard room for 8 pounds when you could get a cabana room for 18 pounds?
3) Icing on the cake, for me at least, was a 20% off discount code that could be applied to the reservation. Using code EBK20HOTEL on ebookers.de (use Google Chrome to translate the webpage). Seriously who needs another 20% off these rates?!?!
In the end I booked 5 nights in a Cabana room that has a private outdoor jacuzzi and direct access to the pool for 169 Euros ($213 USD) TOTAL. That’s $43 dollars a night for a 5 star hotel in an upgraded room!
This deal is slowly dying but I was able to find standard rooms for about $35 a night as of 9pm, weirdly on hotels.com
Good luck if anyone books this!