Getting cheap accommodation on the Gold Coast can really make a difference to your hip pocket when planning a holiday. Here are some different ideas to save you money.
Book the accommodation late and during low season
The Gold Coast is a major holiday destination and during the low season periods there is huge oversupply of product. Do your research as there are several festivals and activities spaced out throughout the year to minimise the impact of the peak and off peak demand for the local businesses. For instance avoid the Queensland and New South Wales school holidays, Schoolies and Gold Coast 600 (Indy). There are several websites that can help in your search, make sure you try a few as the prices that they charge may vary.
Book the flights and accommodation separately
Not all package deals are good ones. It pays to do your homework and shop around to see if you can get the flight and accommodation separately at a lower rate. For instance you may find that flying into Brisbane instead of Coolangatta may save you money if there is an exclusive deal for Brisbane. This will allow you to use one of the late booking sites to secure your accommodation.
Look for package deal specials
The Gold Coast is still growing as a holiday destination. As a result many providers are keen to discount some packages for a limited time. Keep an eye out for package deals that are on special. If you’re willing to be flexible you could really get yourself a tidy bargain. The best deals are very limited in supply and they also often have restrictions.
Hotel loyalty programs
Many of hotels on the Gold Coast are part of major chains that have loyalty programs. These programs allow members to rooms at exclusive discounts. Also if you can’t get the room cheaper, then you may be able to get an upgrade or a free night.
Frequent Flyer Points
Your frequent flyer points may come in handy for getting cheap accommodation on the gold coast. Many of us collect them and have no specific goal for their use. If they are put toward a hotel stay this could bring the price down quite considerably. The hotels vouchers may be used include Best Western Broadbeach Travel Inn Apts, Best Western Portobello Resort Apartments, Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach, Grand Mercure Apartments Casuarina Beach and Artique Surfers Paradise.
Try playing around with the arrival and departure dates a little. Most people love to come to the Gold Coast on the weekend. However you may be surprised what a difference a slight adjustment of a day or so can make to the price of the accommodation. Avoiding the weekends has the added bonus of deserted beaches and shorter queues at the theme parks and less traffic.
Research the Location
Compare price and location different accommodation and you may be able to find a diamond in the rough. Just because two hotels are located next to each or up the road from each other does not mean that they have the same rate. Think about what it is that you really want to do because you may be better off getting accommodation outside of Surfers Paradise. The public transport up and down the Gold Coast Highway is pretty good so consider some of the other suburbs like Mermaid Beach, Nobbys Beach, Palm Beach etc
Be sure to check all accommodation types. It’s easy to just think of a hotel but there area huge number of holiday houses, apartments and even comfortable caravan parks on the Gold Coast, most of which have a fantastic location and all of them competing for your money. Compare them all before making a decision.