Malaysia has a reputation for being a country of cheap hotels, but its free hotel rooms are starting to seem like a bargain.
Here are 10 tips to get your first stay free.
Get an online booking to book a hotel room online.
Malaysian hotels offer two options for booking a room: booking online and booking in-person.
Booking in-store is another option, but you’ll need to register online.
If you’re looking to book through a local travel agency, booking online will get you a booking confirmation, and if you’re in a rush, you can also book via phone.
Check out the price difference.
If it’s cheaper to book online than in-home, there’s a good chance it’s in-room.
A 10-minute walk from the airport, the most popular booking agency in Malay has a discount on hotels that they list on their website.
Book online with your credit card.
Most hotels will accept Visa and Mastercard, but the most common payment methods in Malaysias economy are cash and cheque.
This is why we recommend using a card with a direct debit card for international transactions.
Most airlines also accept debit cards, and hotels with a limited number of hotel rooms will also accept them.
A few hotels, such as The World, have no fees at all for online booking, so this is a great option.
This means you’ll be taking your own room.
Hotel rooms are usually $15 per night, and there are always a couple of nights in a row you want to stay, which is why you’ll want to book in-place.
It’s also cheaper to reserve a room in- house, since you’ll have to pay the hotel twice for each stay.
Book at least two nights in advance.
If your hotel has a free night offer, book a night in advance to ensure you’ll get a better rate than you’d pay on a room at a hotel without a free offer.
Malay hotels have a few free nights every year, but they usually end up being less than half the price of the average hotel.
Use a credit card with multiple cardholders.
You’ll want a credit or debit card with at least one other hotel guest.
If at least three people have a card, you’ll save a lot of money.
If not, it’s also a good idea to keep a copy of your credit or card statement so you can make sure you’re not overspending.
Ask the staff if you can reserve a free room.
It might be a little intimidating to reserve your own free room, but it’s definitely worth it.
Malai has a large number of free hotel nights available every year.
You can check out their free night page for more information on when free nights are available, and check back often to see what’s coming up in the next free night.
Book with a credit-card or cash-only credit card if you need a room.
Credit cards are a good way to pay for hotel stays, and Malai does offer credit cards that work with the Bitcoin wallet.
If that doesn’t work for you, you may be able to use a credit and debit card from a travel agency.
Check your credit history before you book.
You’re probably not going to want to keep your credit up-to-date, and the risk of a default on your credit could be a big factor in you making the wrong decision.
A bad credit history can mean you’ll miss out on other potential deals, or that you might have missed a booking opportunity.
If a credit is overdue, make sure to contact the hotel to see if there are any options to settle the debt.
Malaisas website also has a section called “Cancel a reservation without cancellation” that can help you avoid a cancellation.
Avoid the free nights that don’t have free offers.
Malaya offers a free week in every year and they tend to be the least popular nights.
For example, the last two free weeks in 2017 were in May and August.
But the last three free weeks have been in December, February and June.
It may be tempting to go on a free day, but keep in mind that free days can be cancelled by cancelling with a hotel.
In addition, hotels don’t offer the same rate as regular hotel nights, so if you want a free weekend you’ll probably need to book it on the weekend.
The best thing to do is to look for a free nights offer at a Malaysian hotel you can trust, like The World or the World Tower.
If they have one, it will be in-residence, which will save you a lot on booking fees.
Check the website for the free weekend offer, and try to book at least a week in advance, especially if you have a lot going on in your life at the same time.