Getting there is easy. You already know how to find cheap flights, score upgrades, hit airport lounges and use your miles like a pro. Staying in hotels is an essential part of the journey, and there's no reason that you shouldn't be able to sleep like a king, without a kings ransom. Here are essential tips to finding the best hotel deals...

Set Price Alerts 

Sites like Kayak and HotelWatchDog allow you to set alerts for your hotel needs. If you want to set a maximum price you're willing to pay for a hotel of any star class, or just one star class, you can do that. It's a great way to sit back, relax and wait until your ideal hotel that fits the budget pops up. So Simple, so useful...

Take Advantage Of Hotel Deal Sites

With the click of a button you can find the deals that dreams are made of. How about a five star presidential suite in Paris for $148 a night? That was available just last week! Extreme Hotel Deals, and Secret Flying Hotels share only the craziest bargains around the world and are always worth a browse. I even sign up for their email mailing lists to get instant notifications...

Your Credit Card May Already Get You Free Nights

You may not need to sign up for a new credit card to get the benefit of free nights from time to time. Visa Signature, Mastercard World + World Elite and American Express card members will often find a large variety of properties offering either the third or fourth night free on all paid stays using one of these cards. Some helpful details on that HERE.

Last Minute Deal Apps

Sometimes things come up last minute. Whether it's staying in the city after a dinner, concert or big sporting event; or just a change in travel plans for any reason, like a flight cancellation, HotelsTonight, LastMinute.com and Trivago are specialists in last minute deals. On HotelsTonight, you'll find last minute rates for stays up to a couple nights away, some even based on your location, going extra low to encourage booking. Always worth a look when plans change!

Buy Points To Curb Your Costs...

Hotels love to sell their points and unlike airline miles, they're really cheap. Using points, or cash + points stays can help you win against crazy rates. Let's say you want to stay in London for the night, and the average price for a nice hotel is $451. You may be able to buy enough points for one night in the same hotel for roughly half, cutting your cost... in half. You can find some useful examples of that HERE.

Get A Refund Or Better Rate With Great Apps

Both TripRebel and Yapta will track your booking to see if a lower rate is ever offered. If it is, you may very well be entitled to a refund or the difference in price. If you like money in your pocket and hotel savings, all for sitting back, relaxing and enjoying your vacation, this is not to miss...