How to Save Money on Holiday Travel
Before you know it, Halloween will be over and it will be time to start thinking about the winter holidays. One of the most frustrating things about booking holiday travel is that prices for flights, hotels, and cars are almost always at a premium. It can feel almost impossible to find a deal!
Priceline offers a lot of great ways to save on travel, especially if you use their Name Your Own Bid system. We’ve used it many times for hotel stays, and have only been disappointed a few times. In fact, usually we are pleasantly surprised!
However, sometimes you don’t want to leave your hotel stay to chance. Your only recourse up until now has been to scour the Internet for the best possible rates and take what you get.
But Priceline just released a brand-new app a few weeks ago that enables travelers to score great deals on hotel stays without having to take the chance of bidding.
The new app is called Express Deals Pro. When you use the app, you get access to hotels in nearly 50 major U.S. cities and metropolitan areas at rates up to 45% off. Here’s how it works:
You pick a city you want to find a hotel in. Express Deals Pro will display various deals in that city. Each deal price has several hotels available at that specific price. You pick the price and deal you like best, and Priceline will guarantee you get one of the listed hotels for that deal.
Pretty nice, right?
Not only does Express Deals Pro narrow down the universe of possible hotels you might get when naming your own price, but you get the benefit of locking in your price from the start. No more trying to outsmart their bidding system.
All the hotels offered through Express Deals Pro are 3 to 5 stars and have received a 7 or above rating from Priceline reviewers. You can rest assured you won’t be overpaying for a fleabag motel.
You can also book same-day reservations for hotels up until 11 p.m. So if you’re traveling over the holidays at the last minute, Express Deals Pro is a great way to find that perfect spot in the nick of time.
My only wish was that Priceline had rolled out this app a whole lot sooner. I’ll definitely be keeping this handy for all of my travel needs!
Express Deals Pro is $.99 on the AppStore. This app is not yet available for Android.
Photo Credit: Flickr Kevin Dooley