New Chrome extension reveals hidden hotel deals up to 60% off
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Hotel and airfare prices are rising all over the world. Travelers looking for the best deals now have a new tool to find the best hotel prices. A new chrome extension called the Travel Arrow gives travelers a glimpse behind the curtain when booking accommodation through Priceline Express offers and Hotwire Hot Ratesallowing travelers to book hotels up to 60% off. Travel Arrow is not associated or affiliated with Priceline or Hotwire, but their extension works great with both.
What is it and how does it work?
Travel Arrow is a Chrome browser extension that works seamlessly while browsing Priceline Express offers Where Hotwire Hot Rates. Until now, travelers could only see the name of their hotel after completing their reservation and making a non-refundable payment. The only information provided was the star level, a generic hotel description and a single room photo. This gave travelers enough information to get a general idea of the type of accommodation they could expect. However, when paying a non-refundable booking fee, many travelers hesitate when they don’t know the exact hotel they are paying for.
By keeping the hotel hidden until the end, Express Deals and Hot Rates can offer hotels at nightly rates up to 60% off their standard price. Travelers with enough time and energy were able to manually determine which hotel they were considering by using the map outline, star rating, and individual room photo to compare to hotels in the area. . However, this can be extremely time consuming, especially when considering multiple options. If only the process could be automated!
Enter move arrow
To shed some light on these “hidden” deals, Travel Arrow released a beta version of its expansion at the end of June this year. It was an immediate hit, and the full release soon followed on July 12.e. The extension has over 3000 users and there are plans to expand its capabilities beyond its hotel reveal functionality, which is currently fully functional.
Using the feature is extremely easy. After installing the extension, travelers simply use Express Offers Where Hot rates as they usually would. When opening a potential accommodation option, Travel Arrow displays a pop-up in the corner showing the name of the hotel. Links to search for the property elsewhere will also appear to compare prices. During our tests, we found that the extension could identify almost all hotels on the first page of Express Offers when we searched for hotels in Las Vegas and Denver. The dates chosen were September 13e to September 20e.
In the rare cases where the extension couldn’t find the hidden hotel, it would always show a little popup saying, “Oops… We searched hard. Impossible to find this hidden hotel. However, for the majority of properties where it worked, the savings were quite significant. Using the dates and cities referenced above as a test bed, we compared Express Offers and booking.com fees. Here are two examples we found:
Westgate Flamingo Bay Resort
Booking.com Pricing: $222 per night
Express offer price: $137 per night
Hyatt House Denver Lakewood Belmar
Booking.com Pricing: $174 per night
Express offer price: $119 per night
Travelers should always check prices on other booking sites. The Travel Arrow extension makes this easy by providing quick links to other booking options. However, the above cases show how much money can be saved by using Express Offers Where Hot rates. It should be noted that hotels in Las Vegas charge additional fees that do not always appear in the rate, which can be significant. For our comparison, we have not included these fees.
What the future holds
Travel Arrow is already a powerful extension that travelers can confidently add to their toolkit. However, they plan to bring even more features to the table. In the future, Travel Arrow intends to add more features. Future plans include a tool that will display Southwest prices directly on Google Flights, a feature that converts Google Flights searches to Kayak and Skyscanner searches, and a Travel Arrow Miles program that will allow users to earn rewards to use for online shopping. As travel costs continue to rise, travelers need to use all the tools at their disposal. Knowing which booking platforms are the cheapest, how to get free flights, and taking advantage of tools like the Travel Arrow are all ways travelers can hedge against rising travel costs.
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