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If you want to talk about high hotel rates, let's talk Art Basel Miami Beach. The annual contemporary art eventwhich encompasses several art fairs, art installations around the city, and a gajillion partiesbrings in the big spenders and the struggling creatives alike for four days of fun in the sun.
The official days are Thursday-Sunday, December 6-9, but we've been in Miami all week hotel hopping, so we decided to throw caution to the wind for a little experiment: last-minute, day-of hotel reservations for what are the highest peak days in Miami's calendar. We're calling it "Operation Last Resort."
It's Monday and just the right hour for some work procrastination. Take a minute and play Witty Wordsmith with us, whydontcha? That's right, it's time to Name.This.Caption!
This one's a toughie, because it touches on Hurricane Sandy and as much as we'd like to think "new week, new start", we're flummoxed. Plus we know people are still out there affected by this disaster. If we can put a name on this, it might help should we ever encounter it again. We'll explain.
You're captioning the above picture. But first, you must look at the one below. See the difference? We looked more than a few times to make sure we weren't seeing things.
While we think Hurricane Sandy has been one hell of a Halloween trick, it appears that today on All Hallows' Eve, Hotel Tonight became the innocent-looking neighbor that offers unwrapped candy to trick-or-treaters.
We received the above email and thought "Wow, there's some good deals here!" And like a big kid searching for the full-size candy bar in a bucket o' treats, we saw good rates--rooms in Atlanta for $79! Dallas for $55! Even San Francisco, where today they had an banging Halloween Day ticker-tape parade celebrating the 2012 World Series champion's, the Giants, beds for $105! These were the Snickers, Reese's, and Baby Ruth's of hotel deals.
So what's the problem? We'll show you.
Given one of our HC crew just went on a mini rant about technology, we're giggling a bit about all these new travel apps that seem to be coming out weekly-blah-daily. Some of them are good and we frequently use them, but now the word "app" is becoming a pain in our "apps"..if you will.
The latest comes from Hotwire who has just released their own iPhone app for discounts on last-minute hotel rooms located in 3145 cities and 61 countries. So now they join HotelTonight and most recently Jetsetter in this category of mobile applications capitalizing on a hotel's unused room inventory. OK, so what makes this one different?
Well, first it's only available on the iPhone and iTouch, and more specifically, designed to work best with the new iOS 6 and iPhone 5. Ay. So, what, they are they anti-Android?
There are other tiny differences that won't really matter in the long run if all you want to do is quickly find a hotel room at a good price, which Hotwire assures you'll be able to do within 30 seconds using their app. But we're not completely sold.
As if this hasn't already been an early autumn packed with mobile app announcements, another big update hit the web today. Gilt Groupe's hotel booking site Jetsetter released an update to their iPhone/iPod Touch app. With it comes the introduction of a new, huge feature: Jetsetter Now.
The trend continues! Jetsetter Now joins HotelTonight with last-minute deals so last minute that they're only foryou guessed itthat night. Even Booking.com and Kayak have tried to get in on the "tonight only" fever, but with limited success.
Jetsetter Now's advances other these other sites include photo-capture of your credit card details for even faster bookings (no typing in numbers--just snap it) and Passbook integration (score!). Download the Jetsetter app for free in the iTunes store. It's free to browse, but you've got to join through a link to buy. If you've been able to resist signing up these last few years, here is that necessary link.
HotelTonight released the 4.0 version of its iOS and Android app today. The new versions will bring expanded hotel offerings as well as personalized suggestions for each user.
“What one person sees is now a little different than what another person will see,” says Sam Shank, CEO of Hotel Tonight. “We had complaints that hotels weren’t [always] right for them, so we wanted to get better results for people.” For example, at one point it wouldn’t help a customer if all deals shown that day were all on one side of town, and that customer was on the other side. With the new app, they’ll now be able to see more options. Also, with a type of “customer tracking” system, if one highly rates a hotel after a stay, when they return to HT, they’ll see a bonus hotel offer similar to the one they stayed at previously.
Here's A breakdown on what will happen when you open the new HotelTonight app.
There seem to be a lot of contests going on lately, and well, we’re hoping SOMEONE will win something, so we’re happy to share the details with you. The newest one seems to be from our latest crush (yes, we’re admitting it) Hotel Tonight.
For the whole month of September, HT is giving away a prize for its Facebook followers. Every weekday, someone will win an Everlane Weekender bag, plus $100 Hotel Tonight Credit. Can you imagine if we would have won that? Our Dream New York stay would have cost us only $57!!
Anyway, all you have to do is fill out a form on Facebook, follow Everlane, an $100-or-less accessories outlet, and check HT's Twitter feed for daily clues, which are posted at noon PST and then answer correctly each day for a chance to enter.
Hey, what've you got to lose?
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We know, we’ve kind of been obsessed with HotelTonight lately, but we promise it’s for the greater good of all! Call us the Rebels of Hotel Rates, but there’s just something about getting kick-ass deals on normally outside-your-budget hotels.
Case in point: Last Thursday we needed to stay in New York City for a night but weren’t sure what hotel rates would be. Rock bottom because of the impending Labor Day weekend, or sky high because of just that? That morning we checked the usual suspects, Quikbook, SniqueAway, and Jetsetter and everything seemed to be around $250 a night and more. ‘Not bad, for NYC!’ you might think. Well, we just didn’t/couldn’t/wouldn’t PAY those rates. Something in our gut told us things would get better if we just waited until noon.
When the clock struck 12, we opened our Hotel Tonight app and the gold was there. Dream New York for $155 a night! . With a rate that's been more than $269, we knew we had a winner.
We've talked so much about HotelTonight, the mobile booking app that gives you discounted rates on that night's stay, so much that we've just assumed everyone and their smartphone-holding mother knows how to work it.
Yet time and time again, we keep running into friends who booked rooms last-minute for far higher prices than necessary. When we ask them, "Did you use HotelTonight?" They tell us, "No, what's that?" D'oh.
It's no secret that we consider HotelTonight one of our go-to booking apps when in need of a hotel room in a hurry and at a discount. And fortunately for us, and for you fellow deal-seekers, the mobile app keeps on expanding.
Today, in addition to announcing that the app has surpassed three million downloads, HotelTonight also announced its presence in 10 new cities in the US and the UK. Right now you can get hotel rooms tonight in St. Louis, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Liverpool. Manchester and Salt Lake City will be added in early September.
In total, HotelTonight has deals in over 50 destinations in US, UK and Canada. Next up? The Continent we hope!
Stay tuned tomorrow and Friday when we'll have more on our own booking experiences with HotelTonight!
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The booking function du jour allows you to search hotels near you using the app's GPS function but whether or not you're getting a deal is still up in the air. Tnooz.com reports:
The Kayak take on same-day bookings is far lower-key than the others hitting the market. Users have an option to check for same-day availability, get results and are then either redirected to one of its partners for the booking or, in some cases, can book direct within the app itself.
We've long recommended the mobile booking app, HotelTonight for folks in need of a last-minute hotel room for less than the rack rate but we've been dying for HotelTonight to expand beyond the U.S. Looks like we won't be waiting much longer.
After breaking into Canada the other month, HotelTonight has finally jumped the pond to London. Available starting at noon every day local time, HotelTonight is offering discounts at a mix of quality London hotels like The Belgraves, St. Martins Lane and Town Hall. Even better, HotelTonight is offering an introductory credit of £15 off the first booking by using the promo code UK15.
Right now, we're seeing The Belgraves for $188 (that's in USD), the Blakes for $375 and Park International for $205. Belgraves for $188? In London? That's kind of awesome. (Curious as to what we thought of Belgraves? Read our review here.)