With the busiest travel season coming up, pretty much everyone is always looking for a great deal on hotels especially for those looking for a vacation spot you never thought you could afford. There’s a new travel site that has joined the ranks of other online booking sites that is the talk of The Associated Press as well as many others, it’s called Tingo.com.
Tingo is owned by TripAdvisor and is considered to be the site that will get you the lowest prices for a hotel room, free upgrades and money back if you book a special “money back” room and your room rate drops after you’ve paid. What’s the difference between Tingo and other travel sites? For one, their focus is only on hotel rooms and their system checks your hotel rates daily to see if you can save even more money, even after you’ve paid for your room whereas many other sites consider once you’ve paid they have completed their transaction with you.
According to TripAdvisor, “Travlers have a 20 percent chance of getting at least some of their money back.” They go on to say that, “the typical rebate is about $50, but others get much more.”
Other online travel sites that are competing for your business include HotelTonight through their smart phone apps for your iPhone or Android, however a specific room type is not guaranteed, for example if you need a handicap or non-smoking room – you can request it but it’s not guaranteed.
Priceline has always been a favorite for many discount travelers as they still over both the sale price and bidding prices, as well as same day sales. Their phone apps are now offering, “Tonight-Only Deals” for travelers who don’t need or want to plan days ahead and find themselves in need of a room, best for those who are on road trips and just need a room for the night but never know what city they will be at any particular time.
Direct Hotel Websites
Although there are many discount travel sites with both a web and phone app presence, it’s still good practice to check the hotel website directly after checking prices on these discount sites. The difference may surprise you as many hotel sites are still competitive, beating the discount travel sites and some are not part of the hotels that are offered by the discount sites. If you’re able to bring your laptop or pad with you while you travel it’s a good deal to stop somewhere you can connect with free Wi-Fi, take a break and pull up these sites to check out the great deals.
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