17 secret ways to save on your next hotel stay

  • 17. ​Sign up for the hotel’s credit card

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    Sure, a hotel credit card might not have the best interest rate. But if you pay it off each month, you can still cash in on some rewards.

    "You'll often receive an automatic upgrade to a mid-tier loyalty status, which comes with perks," said Lee Huffman, travel expert and founder of the travel and financial advice site BaldThoughts.com.

    "And you'll rack up points much quicker when using the hotel's card to pay for your room," he said. "Some cards even give you free nights when you pay the annual fee or spend a certain amount on the card."