I had a late night flight from LA to San Francisco, but I was trying to get there earlier to have some time in the city. I confessed to Points & Pixie Dust that I didn’t have a fully-formed hotel plan that night and was going to wing it based on when could get on a flight.
I had a reservation that I could cancel day of that I wasn’t happy with. It was near $100 on cash & points and the reviews of the property were really low. Kendra quickly directed me to her Hotel Tonight post.
As I was running around the airport, I checked out the options on Hotel Tonight. Hotel Tonight lets you book discounted hotel rooms day of, starting 9am local time.
I will let you know this upfront–don’t expect any miracles. Don’t expect a rock-bottom-amazing-too-good-to-be-true-rate.
I was in LA, but poking around the other areas, I saw discounts of up to $100 off the room rates. Given what I saw online when researching my hotels in LA, the room rate they display is the real room rate and not some fake rack rate far above what anyone would actually pay.
Looking through the LA options, I saw a $100 room at the Courtyard Marriott by the airport. Only a few dollars more than my Cash & Points reservation elsewhere and with a higher rating (plus no points needed!).
The other rooms I saw were about $40-$50 less than I’d been seeing. The Courtyard Marriott was probably the lowest end hotel there. So again, don’t expect miracles, but it did a good job of beating my current reservation.
Where I see this being really useful:
- Wandering around from city-to-city
- Last-minute flight change
- Last-minute work trip
- When you are not too happy with a refundable reservation
I don’t recommend using it as a means for a last-second deal regularly. Meaning, I wouldn’t intentionally hold off to see what’s on the app. Some of the options, while extremely nice and really nice deals, were in the $200 range. If you are really adventurous and can stomach that much per night, then and only then would I recommend it as a regular tool for booking your hotels for a nice discount.
If you are interested, if you use my link, you can get a $25 credit off your first booking. This code will also give me $25 if you book and this deal isn’t unique to me, so feel free to also post your invite codes in the comments below.