Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Miles&Points > MilesBuzz
Reload this Page >

Cheaper to reserve hotel via smartphone?

Cheaper to reserve hotel via smartphone?

Old Dec 20, 15, 3:26 pm
Original Poster
Join Date: May 2006
Location: BOS and ...
Programs: UA 2MM, DL 500k, WoH 1M, HH Gold, Rad. Gold, CP Gold, Miracle Fruit-su Club
Posts: 9,910
Cheaper to reserve hotel via smartphone?

Just heard a consumer segment on CBS radio that included the recommendation to check hotel companies' smartphone apps, close-in. "As the lodging date approaches, companies often enter lower rates there than can be found on the computer because they want to steer reservations through that channel." It was reported as "companies" - not just one. I dunno because I just heard it, but figured it's worth discussion here.

Firewind is offline  
Old Dec 20, 15, 6:37 pm
Join Date: Jul 2012
Programs: Delta Gold, Alaska Gold 75K, LATAM Black
Posts: 3,278
Cheaper to reserve hotel via smartphone?

Rates change all the time for all kinds of reasons. Always make sure you're checking all avenues before your stay to check for different rates before your trip. I recently did this at IC Dubai Marina and saved a couple hundred dollars just by cancelling and rebooking
Mauibaby2008 is offline  
Old Dec 21, 15, 7:29 pm
FlyerTalk Evangelist
Join Date: Nov 1999
Programs: statusless these days
Posts: 19,383
Some OTAs have been promoting their phone reservation apps by offering pretty big $-off and %-off coupon codes. Unfortunately stays through these reservations may not count for elite requalification nor do the codes work for certain chains (Travelocity ones have this limitation).
YVR Cockroach is offline  
Old Dec 21, 15, 7:57 pm
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Singapore
Programs: HH Diamond, Accor Plat, SPG Gold, IC Amb, Hyatt Plat, GHA Black, M&C Elite, *A Gold
Posts: 302
This is actually partly true - I used to get better rates on the Zuji mobile site (but not the app though!).
markcwj is offline  
Old Dec 21, 15, 7:59 pm
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: none
Posts: 3,952
Can also be more expensive

The only thing to say is that you have to check multiple sites.
WillTravel is offline  
Old Dec 22, 15, 2:55 pm
FlyerTalk Evangelist
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: home = LAX
Posts: 24,101
And some hotels, will, for example only give you free internet if you book through their hotel program site. So be aware of which "perks" you may lose by booking another way, and evaluate whether you're saving enough to make up for that.
sdsearch is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread