Last Minute Hotel Deals–Hotel Tonight to the Rescue
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For our quick trip down to Miami, I had booked an Airbnb (our first time!) for one night. We were in Miami for three nights. So what about the second and third nights?
There are lots of point hotel options along the beach, but few are worth the value of the points they’re asking for.
Just take a look at these few chain hotels along the popular Mid-Beach area:
You can get better uses for 35,000 – 50,000 Marriott points, or $278, minimum ($300+ with taxes).
Hilton’s an even bigger offender. You’d be better off paying than using points. And 80,000 Hilton points can get you nicer, more expensive properties.
Not as many points or cash as Hilton, or Marriott, but not the cheapest, or most worthwhile, use either.
Hotel Tonight to the Rescue!
What is it?
Stuck in a city you weren’t expecting to be? Want to take a last minute trip and don’t have enough time to plan find a hotel? Hotel tonight is a mobile application for last minute hotel deals. Like truly last minute. And there are actually deals to be had–not the standard 20% of you can get from using random codes for hotels found online.
How does it work?
When hotels can’t sell their rooms, they release them, within a week to Hotel Tonight’s app. These are truly last minute. One of the downsides is that you don’t get room preference, earn points or stay credits on your nights, or receive your elite benefits.
Hotel Tonight let’s users book for today, tomorrow, or within 7 days from the date of search.
Here’s a sample search for New York City, starting with tonight (Monday, Feb. 8):
For New York City, tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 9:
And the option to search over the next week:
Notice in the first and second screen grabs that the Jade Hotel Greenwich Village is $53 cheaper tonight, than if you booked for tomorrow.
Let’s compare it to online booking sites for tonight and tomorrow:
$225 for tonight as opposed to $126!
And for tomorrow:
Wow! Look at that! $179 vs. $295! I’d go with Hotel Tonight.
How I used Hotel Tonight
Ever since I heard about this app, I’ve wanted to try it. Sure, there’s risk involved, but I knew it wouldn’t be more expensive than websites like Priceline or Hotels.Com.
On Saturday night I opened up the application and got the Hilton Garden Inn for $309 for two nights, roughly $154.50 a night!
Here’s what it would have cost me for ONE night booking through Hilton’s website:
In this case, Hotel Tonight is the winner.
Will it always be this way? In the sample’s I’ve ran that include Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles, Hotel Tonight always comes out cheaper.
Is this for all cities?
Before banking on Hotel Tonight, be sure to check out their list of cities. It’s very extensive in North America and Europe, with properties scattered around the Middle-East, Africa and the South Pacific (mainly Australia). So if you’re going somewhere really off the beaten track, you may want to book in advance. Even popular places like Chile and Lima aren’t available as cities, yet; but within time, I’m sure they’ll be added.
What else you should know
- As I mentioned previously, you won’t earn elite stay credits or receive your elite benefits. As a Hilton Diamond I did not receive any of the benefits a Diamond normally would (suite upgrade, diamond amenity)
- That being said, if you’re staying in a chain hotel, be sure to proactively offer your Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, etc., number, because you may receive some benefits!
- They do not have a website where you can book from; you can only access it via iOS or Android mobile phone app. The tablet app and website are super clunky.
- By adding a second night the overall price will be further discounted.
- All these fares are non-refundable
- Room type is not guaranteed until check-in.
Was it worth it?
To be honest, it was a bit stressful, but the experience was worth it. Having always wanted to try Hotel Tonight, not wanting to waste points or shell out a lot of cash, this was the perfect opportunity to try the app.
Receive $25 off your first booking!
I received $25 off of my first booking, bringing the price down to $284, for an average of $142 a night. Want to receive $25 off your first booking? Use promo code: MCZARKA2
Would you use the app? Or is it too last minute?