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5 Hotel Booking Sites You Should Know About and Use

May 22, 2013 at 2:24 PM | by | ()

One of the questions we get asked the most (after "Can you get me a free hotel room?") is, "What hotel booking site do you use?" Our answer often varies depending on the city, the time of year and whether the trip is business or pleasure, but we've definitely got a few sites that we trust more than others.* So allow us to round them up for you here:

5 Hotel Booking Sites You Should Know About and Use

*Sorry, these won't help lower the rates for NYC in mid-June but at least you'll be getting the best rate you can.

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The View From New York, New York in Las Vegas is Quite Scary

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  Site Where: 3790 Las Vegas Blvd S [map], New York, NY, United States, 89109
May 15, 2013 at 5:36 PM | by | ()

But it's only scary because we can catch the folks riding up one of the roller coaster peaks right before it dips back down. Luckily, these windows are noise-proof so we can't hear the people screaming. Other than that, we're quite pleased with the view especially since once we look down we can spy on the pool scene.

As for the rooms at New York, New York, we're staying in a "Park Avenue Room" but let's be clear here--it's a long ways from Park Avenue in the real NYC. The furniture is new as are the bedding, pillows, curtains and such but the bathroom is showing its age, the shower in particular. Also, we're bummed by the bland toiletries that are offered.

The rest of the hotel tower is also a little beat-down with old hallway rugs and room doors and not-so-clean elevators. Then again, we nabbed the room for $75 a night on Tingo.com so we can't complain too much (And no, we didn't get any money back from Tingo.)

However, the WiFi is rather slow. So slow, we can't even upload the rest of the room photos. The WiFi is part of the $18 plus tax room rate but still, this is unacceptable. We posted the screenshot over here where we are keeping tabs on hotel speeds but let's just say the grade begins with F.

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Tingo Is Its Name-O But Do You Play Their Game-O?

April 15, 2013 at 5:05 PM | by | ()

Hotel booking site, Tingo.com arrived on the scene about a year ago, promising to give money back to hotel guests if the rates dropped after they made their reservation but before they arrived for their stay. The site also helps guests who book with them get free room upgrades too. Clearly, it's not your average point, click and enter in your credit card booking site.

When we first checked it out, we compared it to a game show and a year later, not much has changed. The booking process is straightforward but we imagine after you book your room, you will be keeping your fingers crossed and hopping up and down hoping to get some money back. But you may not need to do that as chances are pretty good you will "win" if you book with Tingo.

For its first birthday Tingo, which is part of TripAdvisor, has put out a new infographic claiming to have refunded over $371,000 to travelers. (Actually, the number is now over $400,000.) The average refund per guest has also risen from $47.69 to $54.30. A recent article on Tingo even tells how one lucky guest was refunded $1,878.73 for her trip in the Dominican Republic. Um...yes, please?

But perhaps the most compelling stat is that 44 percent of customers who booked with Tingo got a better deal, either with a Money Back refund or a room upgrade.

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Bingo! New Site Makes Booking Hotels Feel Like A Game Show

March 22, 2012 at 10:09 AM | by | ()

Lots of action in the online hotel booking world this week: earlier, we heard about BackBid, which asks hotels to bid on your individual reservation. And yesterday, a new site launched with the slightly off-kilter name Tingo (makes us think of a cross between those crunchy corn sticks and Bingo) that promises to continually cancel and re-book your reservation to get you the best possible rate.

Knowing how much hotel rates fluctuate week to week—and, indeed, day to day—this makes a lot of sense. But we can't imagine hotels are too happy about it. The new site basically negates the concept of a reservation and turns it into something much more fluid, so that what you really end up with is the intention of booking a room at a specific hotel, but never really settling until you've shaved off as many extra dollars as possible from the original rate.

So, is this something people are actually doing?

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