If you are fueling your car this summer for a trip and have not booked your hotel yet, you can try several new cell apps and a website to find tonight or only hotel deals that may land you some attractive discounts.
I”ll give you one example. If you had been tooling around some city
you could have used the Booking.com, Priceline Hotel & Car Negotiator app to find a Tonight-Only deal at the some of the city hotels for a lower rate, including taxes and fees. Some time the same room at the same property was going much higher on Expedia.com.
But you need to comparison shop because a “deal” isn’t always a legitimate bargain or the amount of actual savings compared to an advance booking may be exaggerated.
Booking.com, Hotel Tonight, Orbitz and Priceline are among the providers of these tonight-only, or same-day, hotel rates. And with these types of deals, you always know the name of the hotel and the rate in advance, as opposed to booking sites where you bid on undisclosed properties.
The way it generally works is that you can use their cell apps and, in the case of Booking.com, its website, too, to secure sometimes the substantial discounts for stays for that same evening. In some cases, depending on the property, you can extend the stay and the rate for subsequent nights.
Hotel Tonight, Priceline and Booking.com load their same day rates about mid-day local time, and usually for a select number of properties with which they have negotiated special deals.
For example, if you pull the car over at some hotel for a rest stop at 9:05 a.m. and want to get a head start on searching for that night’s room in that city, you might see the following message from Hotel Tonight:
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