It can be daunting to book hotels in a city you’re unfamiliar with: how can you be sure you’re getting the best deal? Luckily, new tools are coming out every week to help out travelers. In the past, we’ve covered newcomers Flip.to, Backbid and HotelTonight. of the best in finding hotel deals are Tingo and Guestmob.
When you book a room online, you run the risk that the price will drop after you bought. This causes a lot of people to wait until the last minute. Tingo takes care of this catch by automatically rebooking your hotel room at a lower price if the rate drops. So if you book a room for $300 and a week later, the price is $200, you will automatically be refunded the $100 difference, and you’ll keep your room. Further if it drops again to, let’s say $100, Tingo will rebook and refund you again.
Tingo was launched on Wednesday by Smarter Travel Media, a subsidiary of TripAdvisor. What makes Tingo different from other sides that offer money back is that they refund regardless of trip dates and there is no limit on the amount of money you can get back. According to Tingo, 45% of hotels are booked online, and Americans could have saved almost $314 million with their platform in 2011.
Start-up Guestmob aims to completely change the way you book hotels by offering a “back-end auction” to find the best deal with participating hotels. You type in the city you’re visiting, and a collection of hotels in the area will appear with a price on the bottom. Guestmob uses a pricing algorithm that factors supply, demand and social signals to find you the best price. There is a bit of a catch: you won’t know which hotel you’re at until you’ve booked, but all bookings are refundable.
Guestmob guarantees that all of its participating hotels are high quality, consistent and accurate in their amenities and price points. The site says it can offer hotel rooms at prices 50% lower than the best rates for the same hotel on other websites. Guestmob is currently available in 21 major cities across the U.S.
Online tools like Guestmob and Tingo make vacationing much easier as travelers no longer have to stress about how to get the best deal on hotels. With price no longer such an important factor, hotels will have to resort to other factors to attract repeat guests. Feel free to comment with your input on what these factors could be!