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If you’re far from an advanced planner, a couple of free apps could save you up to 35% on same day hotel bookings.
Here’s how to save money on hotels without a lot of advanced planning
Tonight-Only Deals is part of the free Priceline Negotiator app. Unlike the normal Priceline thing, you know the name of the hotel before you book with Tonight-Only Deals. The app simply helps deliver what Priceline says will be up to 35 percent savings at the last minute.
Another app that offers similar last-minute booking deals is called HotelTonight. Again, you’ll know the name of the place where you’re going to stay. Visit TripAdvisor.com to vet the hotels you’re offered before you say â€œyes.â€
In addition to these 2 apps, so many websites can save you on hotels. There’s one that I haven’t used but I’ve heard good things about. tripBAM is a site that apparently works a lot like Yapta. Once you make a reservation, they’ll track it for you and automatically alert you if a lower price pops up.
Then, of course, you have the free members-only portal called Jetsetter.com (formerly SniqueAway.com.) This site offers deals on profiled resorts, hotels, and destinations and you have so many days to book. If you’re a registered member, you can click on their calendar and it will show you what dates the special you’re interested in will be available. That eliminates the frustration of calling a hotel up and finding there are blackout dates.
And then there are always the old standbys: If you are willing to book nonrefundable and not find out until after you book where you’re staying, I get at least 80 or 90 percent of my bookings through Priceline and Hotwire. They save me a fortune. Just be sure to only bid for hotels that are 4 stars or higher. You’re asking for it if you bid below 3 stars!
For more on hotels, be sure to read my hotel booking guide.
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