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The key to saving money on travel, predictably, is getting really good with your deep online searches. Some tips:

Booking directly with hotels isn’t always cheaper. Research suggests that booking your room directly with a hotel is cheaper only 14 percent of the time if you’re not a loyalty program member. Also, 66 percent of hotels offer the same price as online travel sites like Expedia, Booking.com and Kayak.

Loyalty program members get the best prices. Large hotel chains like Marriott and Hilton offer discounts to loyalty program members who book directly with the hotel. Many hotels are trying to increase direct booking by offering more rewards and benefits. Frequently the rates available to members are lower than those offered through online travel sites.

Online travel sites may be cheaper. You can find a hotel room through an online travel agent cheaper than booking with the hotel directly 21 percent of the time. This means that many hotels have inconsistent prices across different booking channels, so a little research pays off.

Join multiple rewards programs. Frequent travelers can benefit from becoming a loyalty member at different hotel chains. That way if your brand of choice isn’t available, you have other options.

— Adapted from “New Research Suggests It Doesn’t Always Pay to Book Direct For a Hotel,” Deanna Ting, Skift.

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