There are plenty of hacks and tips people share to make your life easier in some way.
However, not every travel hack is worth its salt – and one expert has revealed that sometimes, influencers haven’t got it quite right.
Richard Goodall is an expert in travel tech and MD of , and he recently revealed the truth behind some popular hacks.
Check out his verdict on five TikTok hacks below…
It’s more expensive to book your hotel on Apple devices
Some influencers have claimed that companies use cookie tracking to understand what device you are using and leverage this to offer premiums to those who use affluent tech brands such as Apple.
However, Richard says that while it may flag you as an “affluent consumer”, most travel companies simply don’t have the means or tech to create differing prices for holidaymakers.
Instead, he suggested: “If you want to ensure you get the best rate for your hotel, you should firstly consider booking directly, as hoteliers don’t need to slice out a portion of their booking profit to travel shopping sites such as Expedia or Booking.com.
“Secondly, sign up to any rewards system the hotel offers.
“”Hoteliers want to entice new customers by offering discounts to those who sign up to any loyalty schemes, you can often get either a discount on your room, or even an upgrade for the same price.”
Hotels cost more when you book at night
One influencer recently went viral with her claim that hotels cost substantially more when you try to book at night.
However, according to Richard this isn’t true.
Richard said: “Hotel prices always boil down to supply and demand. Prices vary based on seasonality and demand for rooms as a primary factor. People are booking hotels from all over the world, on different time clocks, so it is unrealistic for a hotel to vary its prices for particular times of a day, as that time depends on the country they are visiting from.
“We provide EPOS and POS systems for hoteliers, and their biggest priority is to fill their rooms and restaurant tables as early as possible. They are not as concerned about the hotel room being filled in four months’ time, but the gaps for the week ahead.
“If you are hoping for a good bargain, it’s actually better to consider booking a hotel last minute. The closer the booking is to the date of arrival the more likely the hotel is going to drop their prices to fill the room and ensure they don’t suffer a loss.”
Moving your hotel booking can save you paying cancellation fees
Influencers such as @Therealmelaninking have claimed that you can use hotel policies to your advantage and save up to hundreds of pounds.
He claimed that you could theoretically move your hotel booking to a few weeks later and then call back the following day to cancel the booking within the grace period.
Richard says that this can be true, depending on your policy. He noted: “After booking a hotel you will have a short period of time to cancel before you are charged full cancellation fees on your booking. Some are within 7 days and others are as low as 24 hours. Although, it is usually free to move your hotel booking to another date without charge.”
You can get the best restaurant seat if you book months in advance
Getting a good table at a good restaurant can be a challenge, especially if it is popular.
@Alysialoo, who used to work as a host in restaurants mentions in a TikTok video that one of the best ways to get a table is to book around 2 months in advance.
Richard said: “Popular restaurants are no strangers to walk-ins, even if it is outside of their policy.
“This can be really infuriating to restaurant staff who are likely to be busy and do not have the time to deal with disappointed customers at the door.
“Booking as far in advance as possible is great for busy restaurants as they can plan ahead and take time to prepare for special requests.
“This sign of respect can land you one of the best tables in the house.”
Tickets to events are up to 90% cheaper if you book the same day
Last-minute booking at concerts, theatres and sports games can work in your favour and save you big money.
“When booking tickets to large events, such as concerts or sports games it feels natural to look at securing a ticket as far in advance as possible,” the expert said.
“However, this isn’t always the most economically friendly approach, as prices are likely to be at their highest point.
“As an event grows closer, arenas and stadiums want to ensure that they have filled every single seat.”
He also noted that last-minute cancellations can mean that prices on the day of an event could drop, or be sold at discounts of up to 90% off.