While traveling is great, finding hotel deals at the last minute can actually be quite a stressful process. We know this, which is why we decided to see what resources existed on the internet to help us book last-minute stays quickly and worry-free.
After a cursory Google search, we came upon a website called AppGrooves that actually puts together a list of the top apps in a bunch of categories. Specifically, the list we came across is for booking hotels at the last minute (is that total fate or what?!?!)
We decided then to use this list as a starting point and began testing apps to see how easy they were to use, what kind of deals we could get, etc. Turns out, the answers were VERY and A LOT! We found so many epic deals that we knew right away these were a find we needed to share with you. That’s why we’ve included our favorite three apps below.
HotelTonight – Rating: 4.8, Downloads: 5M
HotelTonight’s loyalty program allows you to earn points, rewards, and save money – all simply for using the app. It’s pretty simple: the more you book, the more you save. Whether you’re traveling for vacation, work, or just because, you can discover cheap hotels that feel like they’re a full five stars. As you book, you can also increase your loyalty level to access even bigger deals that will save you both time and money.
Okay, it’s true, sometimes technology can be glitchy. HotelTonight is no exception. There are occasionally errors with the app that may require a forced shutdown. While these do not happen often, it’s good to keep in mind that they are a possibility, so if it happens to you, you can just restart the app and begin again.
Pros: Loyalty program saves you money, increase loyalty status for better rewards
Cons: App can have technological issues every now and then
Overall: As long as you’re patient should something go wrong with the app’s technology, you’ll love the abundance of rewards you have at your fingertips
Agoda – Rating: 4.6, Downloads: 10M
Agoda has nearly 2 million available properties around the world, which means that, wherever you decide to go, you’ll be able to find a place that meets your needs. You’ll be able to discover additional deals not available on the website for even more discounted prices on hotels worldwide. Not to mention, there are high-quality photos, maps, and lists of local activities for you to peruse in order to plan the perfect trip.
Of course, receiving notifications that no longer apply to you can be a bit of a pain. That being said, it’s quite easy to turn the notifications on and off in Agoda’s, so all you need to do is flip a switch and go.
Pros: Lists of activities, photos, and maps of your desired location are available for you to use as research, access deals not available on the website
Cons: You’ll want to make sure your notification settings are adjusted the way you want them
Overall: Just make sure the notification settings match your desires, and you’ll love exploring all of the beautiful amenities each hotel location has to offer
Choice Hotels – Rating: 4.6, Downloads: 1M
Choice Hotels makes it easy to earn and manage your rewards points as you build your way toward a free night’s stay at your favorite destination. One of the perks of using this app is that you can choose to pay with points or cash to save even more money on your visit. You can then keep the deals coming with gift cards you can purchase using solely your rewards points; all of the Choice Hotels benefits at no cost to your wallet!
Just make sure you’re paying attention to the fine print when making a purchase. If there are any booking restrictions, that’s where they’ll be. Keep in mind that all hotels have different policies, so if there are restrictions, the fine print will make them clear to you. You definitely don’t want to skip over anything important!
Pros: Pay for gift cards using rewards points, pay for hotel stays with points and earn a free stay at your favorite destination
Cons: Pay attention to the fine print
Overall: As long as you make sure to read the fine print, you’ll save loads of money with free stays at your favorite hotel locations
It’s a little insane how many good deals are hovering around the internet, just waiting for you to find them. These three apps have been perfect for not only finding and booking last-minute hotel deals but making the entire process stress-free. Now you can stop worrying about where you’re going to stay and start having the time of your life.
Seriously, give the apps a try. You don’t have to take our word for it! We’re confident you’ll love these just as much as we do. Who knows, maybe you’ll like them even more.