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Man, these apps just keep coming, don't they?
If you're a last-minute traveler, there's another app to add to your booking arsenal-- Roomlia. Details were minimal when Roomlia launched back in August, but now we've got a better understanding of what the app is about. Let's be clear, though, this isn't exactly game-changing.
Essentially, the major difference between this app and some of its competitors is that Roomlia allows you to book discounted rates up to seven days in advance, as opposed to the same-day only bookings. That gave Roomlia an advantage over HotelTonight, the original same-day booking app...initially. However, HT introduced booking seven days in advance back in September.
So now, it just comes down to which app has the better deal on the days you need a hotel. Of course, HotelTonight has far more cities in their system and far more hotels. When we did a rate check for New Orleans this morning, HotelTonight had several more options ranging from $53 to $449 (W French Quarter) while Roomlia had just five options ranging from to $259 (Harrahs New Orleans.) When both apps had the same properties listed, the rates were the same. Still, it can't hurt to have another app in your arsenal, especially when it comes to last-minute booking.
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Back in August, we tipped you off to a section of the Groupon app where you could find last-minute hotel deals called "Getaway Tonight." We wondered then if the daily-deal giant was planning on making a move to compete with apps like HotelTonight, and apparently the answer is yes. This week, Groupon announced the launch of a separate, stand-alone app, Groupon Getaways, that will focus on discounted and flash travel deals.
Travel deals will still be part of Groupon's main app, but the new stand-alone option now puts it in the dedicated travel realm and in direct competition with other travel apps. The hope, we presume, is to 1) help raise awareness that Groupon sells daily travel deals in addition to its local offerings and 2) capitlizie on the ever-growing market of last-minute, discounted, and flash bookings.
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Once a site that catered only to local "daily deals," Groupon has since made a noticeable effort to get a piece of the travel industry pie. In 2011, it linked up with Expedia to offer hotel discounts, and while that relationship has since dissolved, Groupon debuted a "Getaway Tonight" section on its app this summer geared towards last-minute hotel deals.
When you open the Groupon app, scroll through the headers in the green bar at the top until you get to "hotels." Here, you will find a list of deals for that night, and you can search by city (if you're in route) or current location.
A recent survey by Scandic Hotels shed some light on the booking habits of Swedish travelers who frequent their properties, and as it turns out, they're not very proactive in their planning. The results revealed that 60 percent of the hotel chain's guests book their hotel within one week of their stay, and that 21 percent of guests book on the day of their arrival.
While we think the latter number is pretty stunning, what's more surprising is that the survey found that 24% of families book on the day of arrival. Going to the mall at the last minute with small children is stressful enough, let alone packing bags the night before a trip without a reservation.
While the habits of the Swedish population as surveyed by a single hotel chain might not be applicable for universal assumptions, it sure did get us thinking. Is this type of last-minute decision making happening everywhere? We sure as hell put a little more than a day’s thought into where we're going to stay, and perhaps we just assumed that most would do the same (backpacking trips and the like excluded, of course). That said, it is possible that people are thinking in advance, but simply waiting until the final day to book. Why? Perhaps because of new apps, such as HotelTonight, that give last-minute deals on room rates.