Sometime when we fly we choose to fly out of different airports to get a better fare. We need to make sure we can find a good deal on a hotel so that we are still saving some money by traveling to a different airport. He is how I try to find the best deal possible.
Kayak – I like this website because it searches all the search engines. It is really helpful to also see what hotel are in the area that we want to stay. You can usually filter the search to just see certain parts of the city like the airport or on the beach.
After you see what hotels are available in the area go to that hotels website. This could save you the fees* that the other websites may charge you.
I also like to try Hotwire.com. We used this last year when we flew out of Miami. They don’t tell you the hotel you are staying at until after you make your purchase but it tells you the rating of the hotel and it will tell you the amenities available. We stayed at a pretty nice hotel and paid about half price when we book through Hotwire. For example you can get a 4-star hotel near the airport in Orlando for only $61!
You can also call a hotel directly to see if they have a better deal available. I have seen that hotel have better prices if you book 21 days in but I have not found a much better deal booking a hotel in advance unless you are going to a popular destination during the high season.
If you are staying somewhere for several nights, join the hotels rewards club. Some give FREE nights after only 5 nights!