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Use HotelTonight’s new Escape feature to find great hotel deals for tonight, and the weekend ahead (Friday through Sunday), based on your current location. Someone in San Francisco might see great deals in Carmel or Portland, while a New Yorker might get deals for a weekend trip to Philadelphia or Washington, DC. You’ll get deals 30% to 40% cheaper than normal rates.
HotelTonight also has a nice feature called GeoRates for same-day bookings. These are the rooms that hotels really, really just want to get rid of, so you may find great discounts. Listed in green, they'll pop up after 12 p.m. each day when you’re near a hotel. For even steeper discounts, you can check after 6 p.m. HotelTonight sources rates from 15,000 hotels in over 500 global destinations.
Last Minute Travel Deals
Like the app name suggests, Last Minute Travel Deals is well, all about finding amazing last minute travel bargains. It claims you can save up to 60% more than with other travel booking apps on things like flights, hotels, car rentals, and activities once you reach your destination — and there are thousands to choose from. At the least, you receive $25 off your first hotel booking through the app — another great way to save. It also pulls reviews from TripAdvisor, so you can scope out what other people think of a place before you book a stay there.
So, you want to get away this weekend, but you don’t want to drive, and don’t have the budget for air travel. No worries — Use Wanderu (free on iOS and Android) to find a cheap bus or train deal. The app pools from hundreds of companies including Greyhound and Amtrak, and once purchased, it keeps all of your upcoming reservations in one place so you don’t have to worry about digging out your tickets. If you’ve always wanted to scope out our great nation by land, it’s never been easier.
InvisibleHand is a browser extension for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. It sits in the background and waits until you start searching for flights, hotels, rental cars, or shopping items from one of its nearly 700 included retailers and 600 airlines. Then, it springs into action, showing you where cheaper prices can be found for that same search item. It’s an unobtrusive way to save a little money here and there — especially if you’re feeling too lazy to search a hundred discount sites yourself.
In Expedia’s Last Minute Deals section, you can receive last-minute bargains on cruises, flights, hotels, or a combination of the two. Looking at the offerings on a Thursday, I found round-trip airfare from SFO to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for as low as $439 round trip, and a $139 / night hotel rate for the Hyatt Regency in Washington, DC. It also offers mobile-only bargains through its iOS and Android apps. If you use the mobile app to book a hotel and spend more than $100, Expedia will give you $25 off with a discount coupon code.