LODGING APPS: CHOOSING A PLACE TO STAY WHILE TRAVELING
Lodging Apps For Traveling
Choosing a place to stay while traveling can be stressful at times, but it doesn’t have to be. There are tons of apps for lodging that can be of great help. If you like to rack up rewards and points, hotels owned by The Hilton, Wyndham, or Choice, you want to download their apps and book directly through there. Some of these apps also allow you to use your AAA if you have it.
Lodging Apps For The Rewards
What I like about booking for rewards is that you can quickly earn up to free nights and cheaper stays. In these days when some people need to post up somewhere for several days, if not weeks, it may be helpful to book through these apps directly rather than pay by pay at the front desk.
The Hiltons Honors App
The Hilton Honors app makes it easy for guests to research, schedule, check in, turn your phone into a contactless key and remote for your television, check out and manage your rewards. Some of their hotel brands include:
- Hilton Garden Inn
- DoubleTree by Hilton
- Hampton Inn and Suites
- Waldorf Astoria
- Embassy Suites Hilton
Wyndham Hotels And Resort App
The Wyndham Hotels and Resort app is another app that allows booking for their specific brand of hotels, reward and point tracking, and mobile check in and out. Some of their hotel brands include:
- Days Inn
- Super 8
- La Quinta
- Howard Johnson
Choice Hotels App
The Choice Hotels App allows for booking, managing reservations, and access to your Choice Privileges rewards. Some of their hotel brands include:
- Comfort Inn
- Rodeway Inn
Lodging Apps For The Best Deals
Then there are the apps that search for the best deal around. Some of our favorites are Booking, Hotel Tonight, and Trivago.
Booking.com searches around for deals, gives you flash deals, mobile only prices, and is usually a little cheaper than booking through the hotel directly. Every time you book, you are closer to moving up levels which unlock deeper discounts. You start with entering location or area, length of stay, and guests and then it brings together many of the hotels that fit the criteria. These include big international brands to local establishments to apartments. There are many filtering and sorting options available so you can find what you want, where you want, with usually a better deal than you would get by booking with the hotel directly.
Hotel Tonight does the almost same thing except it will give you whatever room is available at the time of check in, regardless of what you say for guests. If you don’t like what you get, and want to change, then you end up having to go with the hotels actual prices rather than the deal you got through booking with the app.
Trivago is cool in that it takes all the hotels and the deal apps to get you the deals and the hotels on whatever the best platform is. The platforms are limited and the hotels are limited to whoever has partnerships with these apps. But regardless, we have found some of the better deals through Trivago when it comes to trying to compare deals.
Home Away From Home
I feel Airbnbs add more to the travel experience. If you’re on the road trying to get to your destination, I wouldn’t recommend an Airbnb. But if you’re staying for a day or two or checking in “early” and have some time to check out the town, checking out Airbnb’s can offer you the added comfort from home you wouldn’t normally get at a hotel. They also provide options for campsites, RVs, and other special and unique experiences, like staying in a treehouse or a castle or a houseboat.
Kampgrounds of America has an app and rewards you can earn when you stay with them. There are over 500 sites across the United States that offer a variety of amenities for entire families or people looking for some time away. You can stop in with your RV, rent an RV, rent a cabin, or pitch a tent.
Keep In Mind
Always remember, know before you go! Research Covid state guidelines and call ahead if possible to ensure whatever you have read online matches up. We have learned that anything can change at a moment’s notice during this pandemic so call ahead to check and confirm. You don’t want to find yourself stuck boondocking in the Walmart parking lot instead of your room. We don’t recommend boondocking unless you’ve prepared for it. Check out the Bureau of Land Management for free places to park overnight if necessary.