When you decide it’s time to take some time off and go on a vacation, you usually take your time to plan everything so when the time comes to enjoy, you actually have the time necessary to really soak in the pleasure of visiting a new place. But sometimes, you end up in an unpredictable situation where you need to travel tomorrow either for business purposes or simply because a great opportunity showed up along the way.
In those cases, you’re likely to spend more money than usual on a hotel since you don’t have the time to do proper research. Fortunately, there are apps that can help you get the best hotel at a great price without compromising on the location or the quality. To help you out, we decided to research great apps for last-minute bookings.
Our research brought us to a useful top 10 list that has apps for quick and snappy search where it shouldn’t take you more than half an hour to find something you like.
In order to help you even further, we decided to pick our personal top 3 picks and share helpful information about each one.
Last Minute Travel
One of the first apps we tried out is Last Minute Travel. As the name would suggest, the app is all about quickly finding hotels when you’re really running short on time. The thing we ended up liking the most is the intuitive search that makes it really easy to get results in just a few seconds. Also, the interface is user-friendly and you get almost all the information you need on a single screen so you don’t have to tap each specific offer to check if it’s something that’s for you. Since the app operates in almost all countries around the world, you also don’t have to worry about if your destination might lack places you can find. Finally, they also have a loyalty program that’s actually useful and you can save even more money by using the app.
The only thing we don’t like is a somewhat lack of actual last-minute offers. You’ll likely to save money and find what you want, but when it comes to highly specific offers that some other services have, this one seems to fall short on special offers that could save even more money for the user.
Hotels.com is a highly popular app in itself and there are solid reasons for that. Since it covers pretty much any corner of the world, you can sure you’ll end up with extra money in your pocket after making reservations. But what really sets this app apart is many deals you can easily stumble upon just by turning the app on. Also, if no matter your time limit, you are really picky about the place where you want to stay, the app has tons of great filters so you can really narrow down what you’re looking for. No matter if you’re going for a last-minute family vacation or an unexpected business trip, you can find rooms for any occasion fairly easy without worrying you’ll overpay.
This one also has a loyalty program, but we noticed they make sure to keep some things under the rug. Although you can get a free room by gathering points (which is fantastic), you do have to take the offer in the following year. Otherwise, the special offer might run out without you wondering. This can result in an unpleasant surprise when you finally want to take the offer and you realize because a year passed it’s no longer eligible.
This is another well-known booking apps and compared to the above 2, this one is the best if you need a reliable app with a great money-saving loyalty program. It was easy to find a place to stay no matter if it was for 2 months in advance or for the following weekend. Thus, you can be sure you’ll find a roof over your head and a comfy bed no matter the time-shortage you might have. But the strongest point of Expedia is definitely its loyalty program that actually will create the feeling you’re saving money instead of being just a cheap way to lure customers.
The only thing user might have to be careful with is how they use their points. For us, once you used them and you want to change your mind it might be too late since it’s likely you won’t get those points back. It’s nothing alarming, but just be sure when you decide to use your hard-earned points, you know you’ll definitely make use of them.
Hopefully, our humble list of 3 apps will make it easier for you to find a place to stay no matter what part of the world you’re visiting. Even more, importantly, hopefully, it will save you money so you can spend it on better things like buying souvenirs or even saving for future trips.
Thanks for reading and if you have any similar apps you feel like we missed out on, feel free to let us know. Happy travels!
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