Whistler BC Accomodation Early Booking Deal & Savings Tips
Enjoy 11 money-saving tips that you won't find anywhere else. In contrast with other companies that operate on commission, we don't benefit financially when you pay more, just when you are happy!
Tip #1: Book Whistler Accommodation Directly with Homeowners | Rent a Self-Catering Vacation Home & Eat In Instead of Eating Out!
Renting a self-catering vacation home instead of a hotel room saves you a gob of money through restaurant bills alone. Whistler has great grocery stores. You can save even more on groceries by ordering them online, or by buying them in Squamish on the way up to Whistler.
Booking your Whistler accomodation directly with homeowners and small companies saves you money by avoiding layers of middle agent fees.
Prices are quoted for up to the maximum sleeping capacity of the property, not per person, like on many Whistler deals that are currently being advertised. Finally, most owners have free parking, whereas most rental managers and hotels have an additional nightly parking fee.
Our fast & easy direct rental accommodation search engine includes over 550 options in Whistler's top locations. You will see detailed photos and descriptions of the exact property you will stay in, before you book it online. Most lodging subscribers accept instantly confirmed and guaranteed reservations with an online credit card payment.
Tip #2: Plan your Whistler Accommodation Dates around Seasonal Lift Ticket Pricing
Did you know that that your Whistler lift ticket's total price depends on the season in which your start day falls?
Even if your ski ticket starts on the last day of a cheap price season but the majority of your skiing/riding days fall in an expensive one, your entire ticket will be priced based on the cheap season pricing. Plan your skiing/riding start day in a cheap season date, and you could ski/ride through the most expensive seasons at a fraction of the price!
Tip #3: Plan your Whistler Accomodation Dates around Date-Driven Value Pricing
Shifting your Whistler accomodation dates by as little as 1 night can save you hundreds of dollars due to seasonal nightly pricing.
Our Whistler accomodation search tools are uniquely designed to help you scope out the best date-driven accommodation deals.
Uncover these opportunities by entering in a broader date range than the number of nights you want to stay.
For example, to find the best deal on a 5-night stay in January, enter Jan 1-31 as your date range and 5 nights as your number of nights. The best deals during your target date range will appear near the top of the lodging search results.
Tip #4: Choose your Whistler Accomodation Size Category Wisely & Start your Search with the Smallest One Possible
When you do an accomodation search on alluraDirect, your search results include all properties that minimally meet & exceed your requirements.
Results are also sorted by least to most expensive.
That means that you will see properties that meet your minimum expectations in terms of size, but your results will also include larger properties that may exceed your size requirements, but that may be cheaper!
Start your accommodation search on the smallest size category. You will be delighted to see really large properties appearing above smaller ones on the search results because they have a lower nightly price.
The owner may simply have different revenue requirements and is pricing their home cheaper.
Tip #5: Don't Rule out Lofts or Dens as Bedrooms in your Whistler Accomodation Choices
Did you know that lofts and dens can be really great bedrooms?
Don't rule out lofts and dens as bedrooms, because booking a 2 bed + loft home, rather than a 3 bedroom home, could save you thousands of dollars!
Start your Whistler accomodation search on the smallest size category possible and don't rule out lofts & bedrooms.
There's lots of better ways to spend thousands of dollars!
Tip #6: Consider Alternative Locations to Ski-In/Out or Slope-side Accommodations
Whistler's excellent free shuttle system quickly links most areas to the Village and the gondola bases.
You don't have to wait from more than 15-20 minutes in peak season.
What does this mean for you?
Consider staying in non-slope side locations to save some money & for the following benefits:
- Pay a lot less money and still be close to everything by walking or by the free shuttle
- You may get a bigger property & more amenities for the same amount of money
- Close access to everything and the gondola bases via the free shuttle
- You are often within walking distance to the Village itself
- Slopeside locations are only good when there is sufficient snow. Downloading is in effect for most of November, December and April. You may be paying a lot of money for poor ski-in/out conditions.
Give our Whistler accomodation search engine a try and check out the various location options and prices.
Tip #7: Expand Your Group Size
Getting a bigger property and adding an extra 2 people could save you a few hundred dollars by spreading the cost out among more bodies. This is especially true if the larger property is almost the same price as slightly smaller one.
Two families sharing a 3 bedroom home is often more economical than 1 family in a 2 bedroom property.
When doing an accommodation search, check out the larger properties too, and consider inviting a good friend, another family or favourite family member!
Tip #8: Consider Adding an Extra Day
Owners often give you a better deal when you add as little as just one extra day.
You can't beat that value!
Look out for these types of promotions when you do your accommodations search.
Tip #9: Use alluraDirect Whistler Accomodation Guest Services Discounts
Take advantage of alluraDirect's consumer direct discount guest services program.
Save up to 20% on ground transportation, activities (like ziplining, snowmobiling, bungee jumping and more!), heli-skiing and resort services.
Instead of paying us a commission for our referral or to advertise on our site, our partners pass on 100% of our fees on to you as a consumer direct discount!
You can save hundreds of dollars and get amazing local service & expertise from a friendly Whistler resident!
Tip #10: Know the Whistler Accomodations Fine Print
There are many Whistler promotions out there.
Here are some things to watch out for:
- Hidden nightly parking fees
- Prices quoted per person, and not for up to the total maximum sleeping capacity of the property
- Prices based on a teeny tiny room
- Deals where availability is suddenly sold out, so you have to call someone. Watch out, you will be upsold!
- Blind booking - you are not given the name of the property you are staying in until after you have paid for it. You don't need to walk the plank on alluraDirect - you always see the exact property you will stay in (as opposed to a representation), before you book it.
Give our Whistler accomodation search engine a try and compare prices and choices. You won't be disappointed!
Tip #11: Take a Limo or Charter a Van Instead of Renting a Car
Whistler's excellent free shuttle system means that renting a car may not be necessary while you are in the resort.
If you don't rent a car, how do you get there?
Consider sharing a limo or chartering a van. It is often cheaper than renting a car or taking the bus, when divided among all the people in your group or family.
The additional benefits are that someone picks you up and slaves over your stuff at the airport, and that you can relax and enjoy the scenery on your way up to Whistler, after your exhausting travel day.
Save 10-15% on these and other ground transportation options through our consumer-direct guest services program.
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