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Sometimes I can’t (or don’t want to) use miles and points for hotel stays. So I’m always looking out for good deals on hotels.
TravelPony says they offer 10 to 70% off hotel prices on other websites. I was curious if they really did!
TravelPony says they don’t spend a lot of money on advertising and they claim to offer hotel rates well below those on other booking sites with the money saved.
You do have to sign-up for an account (or you can log in through Facebook). If you use my link to sign-up, you’ll get a $35 credit on your next booking, and I’ll get $25. Then you can refer your friends and family and get credit, too! This is better than the $25 credit you get if you sign-up directly from TravelPony!
And if you enter the promotion code “PONYPOINTS10” in the “Apply Discount Code” box on the payment screen, you’ll get another 10% off your booking. This code is only valid until March 31, 2014.
Once you’ve signed-up, you can search for hotels much like you would on other sites.
The website is less than a year old, so some cities aren’t listed and others only have a few hotels. But you can find most major US and international cities.
Are the Deals Really That Good?
I decided to check hotels in a few places and compare TravelPony‘s rates to other websites.
1. Hilton Portland & Executive Tower
I searched for hotels in Portland, Oregon on May 15, 2014 for 1 night. TravelPony listed 8 hotels, including the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower for $183 including taxes.
I like how they list the prices on other 3rd party travel sites, so you can compare without having to dig too much. The next cheapest rate (according to TravelPony) is $231 including tax! So TravelPony saves you ~21%.
The marketeer in me wanted to make double sure that these other 3rd party website rates were correct, so I checked Kayak.com (which shows hotel prices from different websites) for the same hotel and night. The cheapest rate they listed was $250. That’s more expensive than what TravelPony said they would have.
I also checked the Hilton hotels website to see if they could do any better. They were even more expensive at ~$274 including tax! In this case, TravelPony saves you 33%. Not bad!
2. Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge (New York City)
The next cheapest rate, including booking directly with Marriott, is $415 including tax. So TravelPony saves you $128 or ~31%.
I confirmed the rates again, this time with HotelsCombined.com. The best rate they found was $307 including tax. So it looked like TravelPony’s list of 3rd party sites didn’t catch all of the cheaper rates available. However, TravelPony is still cheaper by $20 or ~7%.
3. Ramada Plaza Waikiki
The next lowest price on a travel booking site is $158 including taxes, so by booking through TravelPony you’ll save $22 or ~14%.
When I checked the Ramada website, their rate was even more expensive at ~$183 including taxes. So TravelPony saves ~26% in this case.
Even the non-refundable, advance purchase rate on the Ramada website was more expensive than the refundable TravelPony rate!
Again I checked Kayak.com for the same room. Kayak returned similar rates to TravelPony.