Do you like surprises?
This weekend only, you can save extra on already discounted hotel rooms when you book through TravelPony. But (surprise!) you won’t see how much of a discount you’ll get until you enter the promotion code “JUNEMYSTERY” on the final booking screen.
You do NOT have to actually book a room to see the discount. So you can see if it’s worth it for you without actually committing to the purchase!
The sale is active from now until June 9, 2014 at 12:00 am Pacific Time (3:00 am Eastern Time). And there doesn’t seem to be a limit on which dates you can book.
Is This a Good Deal?
Link: My Review of TravelPony
This could be a great deal if you need to pay for a hotel anyway and are able to find a discounted hotel on TravelPony. If you don’t have enough points or are saving your points for a more expensive room, TravelPony is a good option for paid hotel stays.
TravelPony says they offer discounts of 10% to 70% off regular hotel rates. I checked to see if this was true and much of the time, TravelPony has the cheapest rates. With the mystery discount, you could save even more.
While TravelPony says they have hotels in over 3,000 cities, sometimes their hotel selection is minimal. You can usually find a hotel in major cities, so if you’re not picky about brand, this could be a good deal for you.
Note: It’s still worth shopping around to make sure you get the cheapest room, because sometimes other sites cost less.
Also, remember you usually will NOT get elite status credit (and benefits) if you book through TravelPony. If you do, consider it a bonus!
What Kind of Discount Might You Get?
I checked TravelPony in a couple of cities to see what kind of discount I could get.
1. Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin Downtown
TravelPony has the Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin Downtown for $169 a night plus tax on Septmber 8, 2014.
I entered the code “JUNEMYSTERY” in the promo code box and got a discount of $11.83. That’s 7% off the regular rate of $169. The total price including tax came to ~$183. You can get a full refund if you cancel more than 72 hours prior to arrival.
I searched for the same room on Kayak. The cheapest room I found was at Amoma.com for $188 including tax. But it’s a non-refundable room. And you’ll save ~$5 by booking with TravelPony.
As a final comparison, I checked for the same room on the Radisson website. A non-refundable advance purchase room costs ~$229 including taxes. So the TravelPony rate is a very good deal. Because you’ll save ~$46 and get a refundable room.
2. Doubletree by Hilton Newark Airport
On October 1, 2014, the Doubletree by Hilton Newark Airport costs $135 a night plus tax on TravelPony.
Again, I entered the code “JUNEMYSTERY” in the promo code box and got a discount of $9.45. That’s 7% off the regular rate of $135. The total price including tax came to ~$147. This is also a refundable room, as long as you cancel more than 72 hours prior to arrival.
A search for the same room on Kayak found the cheapest rate through HotelClub, at ~$249. It’s also a refundable room, but you can cancel up until 6:00 pm the day before arrival without penalty. In this case, booking through TravelPony saves you ~$102! That’s a great deal!
Just to compare, I searched for the same room on the Hilton website. They’re charging ~$254 including tax for a fully refundable room. So you truly do save a lot with TravelPony.
I’m not sure if I’d get a 7% discount on every booking, or if it varies depending on the hotel. I did log into Emily’s TravelPony account to see what discount she would get on the same hotels. She also got 7%. But your discount might be different!
Haven’t Signed-Up for TravelPony?
Link: Sign-Up for TravelPony
If you haven’t signed-up for TravelPony yet, new members can get a $35 discount (promotion code) on a booking of at least $200. This is my link, so when you join I’ll get $25 and you’ll get $35 to use on a booking. Then, refer your friends and family and they’ll get the $35 and you’ll get $25.
If you sign-up directly on TravelPony, you’ll just get $25.
Note: You can NOT stack the $35 discount with the mystery sale. The site will only let you use 1 promo code. But you can stack the 10% code with any $25 referral credits you have in your account.
TravelPony is having a mystery sale this weekend. You’ll save money on already cheap rooms, but the amount of the discount is a surprise!
Use the promotion code “JUNEMYSTERY” to see how much you’ll save. You don’t need to book the room to see the discount.
TravelPony’s hotel rates are already discounted, so an extra discount makes a good deal even better! But definitely shop around before you book to confirm you’re getting the best deal.
Please let me know in the comments if you get a good deal with this sale!