Washington, DC (May 26, 2013) – With more than 25 years experience in the travel industry, Bob Diener has been a pioneer in the hotel consolidation and online travel industry. Diener is the President and Co-Founder of the newest online travel site www.getaroom.com, specializing in offering travelers the best rooms at the best values.
Diener practiced law with the international law firm of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher before beginning his career in the travel industry. In 1984, Diener, along with his Cornell Law School classmate, David Litman, began a career in the airline consolidation business. The two then founded Hotel Reservations Network, now known as Hotels.com, in 1991.
Recently, The Washington Lobbyist had an opportunity to ask Bob Diener to give our readers some quick tips on hotel rates, travel and where to look locally.
The Washington Lobbyist: What Trends Are We Seeing with Travel this Summer?
Bob Diener: There are a few things to keep in mind when you’re getting ready to travel; Demand is up, Rates are going to be higher, so book early, like 14-21 days in advance. We should also be flexible with our future travel plans, and sometimes, like in Washington, DC, rates are going to be cheaper on the weekend to fill the lack of lobbyists in town during the week. Also, in terms of being flexible, instead of just staying for a 2-night weekend stay, may find hotels that are offering a third night free.
TWL: What is the Best Day of the Week to Book Airfare?
Bob Diener: I think it is safe to say that we should look for travel options in the middle of the week. Tuesday through Thursday will have your best options, and they will be even better when you book at least two-three weeks in advance.
TWL: What are the Best Travel Destinations?
Bob Diener: We are looking at Miami, Vegas, Orlando, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and London. If you look at getaroom.com, you might find a Vegas 4.5 Star-Rated Suites for less than $100 and places in New York like the POD for less than $100. Some of these rates are called “unpublished rates” that are offered at more of discount. It is recommended that travelers booking with getaroom.com call and ask about the unpublished rate where you could save up to 30% that what is published on the site. The U.S.-based call center can also offer other possible options that can help you save on your upcoming trip.
TWL: What are the Best Local Getaways/Staycations?
Bob Diener: There are a lot of great hotels in Washington, DC. But there are some great deals being offered now. Beacon Hotel & Corporate Quarters, Phoenix Park Hotel, St. Gregory Luxury Hotel and Suites, and The Embassy Row Hotel are all being offered at less than $100 a night. These spots are right in DC, and would be great for a visiting relative or a friend visiting out of town. Remember, some other hotels are doing that third night free, so make sure you call getaroom.com and ask for those deals or unpublished rates that could be under $100 as well.
HOW IT WORKS: Getaroom focuses on a limited number of major destinations and selects the properties in each destination that offer you the very best values. By focusing on a select group of properties, their sites claims they are able to negotiate a better rate for you. Try it now at www.getaroom.com or call toll-free 7 days a week at 800-HOTELS-8 (800-468-3578)