Best Travel Sites and Apps for Immediate Room Reservations
Best travel sites and apps for immediate room reservations, whether you’re looking for luxury boutique hotels or comfortable B&B accommodation.
Nowadays, we live in an on-demand world. As consumers, if we want immediate food then we visit a fast-food joint, if we need an instant taxi then we use the Uber app and if we fancy watching a specific TV show, then we watch it on-demand or online. So it comes as little surprise that we wish to apply the same spontaneous approach to our travel requirements.
With more and more holidaymakers choosing independent travel over traditional packages, there is more demand for immediate, last-minute hotel bookings. Here are some of the best travel sites and apps to help you secure a late room for the night.
The recent phenomenon of Airbnb allows hosts to trade the extra space in their own houses for payment from guests seeking affordable accommodation. AirBnb has recently discovered that many of the guests using their site are searching for a room to book that same night. So with this in mind, they display a lightning bolt icon next to available rooms that can be reserved immediately. This allows the automatic securing of a room, as the host has indicated that they do not need to vet the guests on this occasion. Rooms are available through their app or website.The Best travel sites and apps for immediate room reservations, whether looking for luxury boutique hotels or comfortable B&B accommodation. Click To Tweet
The trusty international travel site has a useful ‘Last Minute Hotels’ tab. Customers can choose to search for late flights or just a hotel depending on their requirements.
Whilst you’re surfing for the perfect hotel room on Expedia, a pop-up box will flash up to display how many people are now shopping for rooms in your specified place. Other information might include the number of available hotel rooms left at a specific price, how long the price is valid for and what the price has been slashed down from.
Late Rooms is a UK-based company with access to over 150,000 different hotels worldwide. It is geared towards the sale of booking late rooms and it’s possible to save up to 50% on the cost of a booking by using their site. The price promise at Late Rooms ensures that customers pay rock bottom prices, so if a customer finds the same room available at a lower rate elsewhere, then the company will refund the difference.
This last minute hotel app is available to download for free on both iTunes and Google Play. The app works by detecting a user’s location and then displaying all the hotels in the local vicinity that have vacancies for tonight. If you would prefer the app to search for rooms elsewhere, then you can also find rooms in a different city or locality.
Technically, this is a members-only site, but as all you have to do to become a member is enter your email address, it’s extremely easy for all to join and there’s no need to part with any cash.
Secret Escapes works by having flash sales of luxury hotels and holidays which typically last for 10 days. If you’re in a hurry, then you can search the site or app using the ‘Last-minute’ filter. This service gives guests the opportunity to save up to 70% on a hotel room and also provides its own price guarantee.
If you’re a frequent and spontaneous traveller, do remember to ensure that your worldwide travel insurance is always up to date, if you run into any difficulties on your trip. Once this is sorted, if you feel the impulse to get away for a night, a weekend or even longer, then use one of these simple apps or sites to secure a late room booking at a reasonable price.
Guest author, Laure Reeve, is the Marketing Executive at Avanti Travelcare, who specialize in travel insurance for those with pre-existing medical conditions, and are one of very few that have no upper age limit on their policies.
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