When planning a business trip or vacation, choosing where you will stay is an important decision. You want to make sure that you pick accommodation that meets your needs and provides comfort without breaking your travel budget. We've already looked at ways to avoid baggage fees while traveling, and how Priority Pass Select Memberships can save you big at airports, but once you get to that new city, you don't want to overpay for the hotel room.
The good news is there are a variety of free apps that can it easier to book a hotel for your trip while also helping you keep more money in your pocket.
These are our favorite travel apps to help you save money on hotel stays.
Have a last minute trip and want to avoid overpaying for a hotel room? HotelTonight is the perfect app to download. You can search hotels by destination and date. Users can book a hotel for the same day or up to 6 days in advance and take advantage of big savings. There's a range of hotels available from basic to boutique to luxury.
HotelTonight partners with various trusted hotels. When those hotels aren't at full capacity, they offer their rooms at a discounted rate within the app. This helps hotels by allowing them to increase bookings (even at the last minute) and also passes a big savings on to travelers. You no longer have to stress about making a last-minute reservation.
- It's better to wait until the day before arrival to book. As each day passes, the rates tend to lower at most hotels.
Another favorite app is Jetsetter. Similarly to HotelTonight, users can take advantage of great hotel discounts. Jetsetter focuses mostly on luxury hotel offerings. Users can browse the app, create a free account, and then book a stay within a matter of minutes.
The home screen shows some of the best discount hotel stays all over the world — so if you're feeling daring, you can book a last minute getaway. Travelers have the ability to search by hotel name and destination. Using Jetsetter is a great way to book a hotel at a fraction of the cost.
This app is available for iOS.
- The big sales listed on the home screen last up to 7 days—so be sure to grab a great deal as soon as you can!
Another hotel booking app worth checking out is Hipmunk. You can not only search hotel and sort by best price, but you can also review very detailed user reviews and information. If you really want to explore a hotel and make sure it's a good fit for you, this is a great app to try.
We especially love this app because it's so easy to sort hotels by low price and each hotel is carefully rated (from categories like service to food to wi-fi quality) by travelers just like you.
- Hipmunk even displays Airbnbs and other apartments rentals, so if you're open to staying in this style of accommodation—you can do all your research within the app.
Skyscanner functions as a website and a phone app. Initially, a tool created to compare ticket prices and find the best airfare, it now features hotels, too! You can quickly search and narrow down your preferences to find a great hotel. There's detailed photos, reviews, and insider info which will help you better decide. You can even switch to a map view to see where all of the available hotels are located.
A really cool feature of this app is you can look under the Explore section and check the best flight deals all around the world for a set month or date. You can then use that knowledge to search for hotel deals in the area. It's a great way to get a great price on a whole trip.
- You can easily search by monument or attraction. Just enter a search term and you can spot all of the hotels close by!
Hotels By Day
The next hotel-saving app was featured on Shark Tank. With Hotels By Day, you can save a bit differently. Instead of booking an overnight stay, you can rent a hotel out during the daytime. For a few hours, you can rest and relax or get work done in a comfortable space. The best part is, it'll cost a lot less than a full overnight stay. This is perfect if you have a layover and need a place to unwind before your next flight.
Search by destination to find a hotel that meets your needs. You can browse amenities, check-in and check-out times, and can easily book from the app. Hours of stay vary, but most hotels allow a stay of 6-8 hours for a set fee.
- You can even book special meeting rooms for the day, too! When looking at a specific hotel, you can view room and meeting room options along with the prices.
Be sure to check out these hotel booking and savings apps. Don't overpay for your next hotel stay. You'll find that you can have an amazing travel adventure while staying in a comfortable and relaxing place without draining your bank account.
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