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Q: We’d like to stay at a nice hotel for our anniversary. How do we get the best room rate?

Start with websites such as travelocity.ca or expedia.ca, but don’t stop there. Once you get a benchmark rate, check with the hotel’s site for any online offers, then call the hotel itself (rather than toll-free operators, who don’t have the authority to negotiate rates) and speak with a reservations agent there. Ask what the best possible rate is, then book with the cheapest source. Join the hotel’s loyalty program if they have one. This ups your chances of scoring freebies or a room upgrade. Suite!

A travel writer extraordinaire, Michele Sponagle has visited more than 40 countries around the world. Send her your travel questions here.