I’m not sure they would have given us the discount when we first booked our rooms and they still had rooms available, but when you are booking a hotel and may be able to get a discount through any affiliation you are a part off ask right away to make sure they can weasel their way out of giving you a discount.
Another tip that I would like to pass along is to make sure when you are booking your hotel reservations that you are only using a credit card to hold the room and that they do not charge it until you have actually stayed there. I tried to book through a third-party travel website and was unaware that you had to pay upfront in order to secure your reservation.
I did not want to do that because who knows if we would have to change our plans and I didn’t want to hassle with cancellations and refunds.
Secondly, we were planning on paying with cash once we got there. So I decided to not go through the travel website and make my reservations directly with the hotel, and they actually offered a better rate than the “so-called” money-saving website.
We had also already purchased our tickets prior to the actual games so the only other expenses that we had to plan for were gas, food, and entertainment. We assumed that the prices at the ballpark were going to be high so we overestimated how much we would need. So, though we paid quite a bit for drinks and snacks at the game we were not surprised by the price.
We took advantage of the hotel’s complimentary breakfast and packed some snacks for the road trip portion, which helped us save a little here and there. We also saved money by making our own t-shirts for the games. We bought a package of plain white shirts and iron-on paper and printed the logos of the teams and ironed them on. We made 3 shirts for the cost of one shirt that you could buy in the store.
Gas was the other big worry as I’m sure it is for anyone planning a trip. Actually gas was quite a smaller burden than we thought. The trip was 400 miles each way and we could have made it down there and back on two full tanks of gas. I tried to maintain a constant speed and make sure that I wasn’t speeding. I couldn’t really control what time of day I pumped gas but I did avoid higher prices by strategically picking the places where I got gas. I never had to put gas in the car while in Denver, which saved us over a dime a gallon compared to the smaller towns where we filled up.
We were also within walking distance of the stadium so we only had to drive into the city one time and that was to the zoo, where we had a very fun afternoon chasing our daughter around as she ran from the monkeys to the giraffes.
I was pleasantly surprised by the cost of the zoo as it made it affordable for the entire family and didn’t nickel and dime you with things like parking fees or charging for demonstrations.
I may be complaining a little about this trip but it really was a fantastic weekend and we all had a great time, well except for the discovery that our little girl gets carsick. I think my dad actually had a smirk on his face watching first-time parents flustering as my wife and I looked at each other expecting the other to know what to do. Dad was there to help clean up like a pro that has seen his share of roadside pit stops. We all had a blast and I may have just turned a couple of girls into baseball fans.
Well until next month, good luck and have fun.