When booking a hotel, you may by default turn to third party sites like Expedia, Kayak, or Orbitz so that you can see all of your options in one place. But in nearly all cases you’ll find the cheapest possible rate by booking straight through the hotel thanks to rate match guarantees.

Hotels often have some sort of best rate guarantee. Third-party sites sometimes will try to undercut the hotel by offering a cheaper rate than what’s offered through the brand. The guarantee ensures that the hotel itself has the lowest rate. In some cases the hotel will not only match the third-party price, but will even offer an additional percentage off or other incentives — sometimes you can even get the first night free. So the next time you find an extremely low rate, it’s definitely worth it to cross check with the listed hotel price and find out the rate guarantee the chain offers so you can capitalize on those perks, as noted by the travel blog Travel Is Free.

Hotel Best Rate Guarantees:

  • Hyatt: 5,000 points or 20 percent off lowest rate
  • Mariott: 5,000 points or 25 percent off lowest rate
  • Hilton: 25 percent off lowest rate
  • Radisson: 25 percent off lowest rate
  • IHG: five times points of lowest rate
  • Wyndham: additional 3,000 points
  • Best Western: $100 gift card
  • Choice: $50 gift card or first night free
  • Omni: 20 percent off lowest rate
  • Accor: 10 percent off lowest rate
  • Viceroy: lowest rate and $25 credit
  • Kempinski Hotels: 25 percent off lowest rate
  • The Ascott: honored lower rate and 10 times Ascott Star Rewards (ASR) points
  • Corinthia: 10 percent off lowest rate
  • Frasers: 50 percent off first night
  • Langham: 10 percent off lowest rate
  • Affinia: $50 stay credit plus upgrade
  • Mr and Mrs Smith: $50 voucher

With a little bit of research and luck, you could end up saving yourself a lot of dough.