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Does Expedia Offer the Best Hotel Deals? We Tested 12 Booking Apps

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We tested the most popular apps for lodging deals to see which saved the most money for quality weekend stays. Here's The Bottom Line.

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Does Expedia Offer the Best Hotel Deals? We Tested 12 Booking Apps

Introduction

In desperate need of a safe weekend getaway? We're feeling the same, but it's not exactly the best time to splurge. In our quest for the lowest prices, we tested 12 different free booking apps and discovered the best for your bottom line is Hotwire due to consistent savings of about 50% off the list price and extra savings of $10 per booking using the app. Here's why we picked this app and more:

Our Pick

The best for your bottom line

We admit Hotwire wasn’t a front-runner going into this since we hear more about Airbnb or Hotel Tonight for low prices. But after reviewing all the numbers, Hotwire was a clear winner when it came to deals and the total amount saved.

Why we chose Hotwire:

  • Had the best deals for quality stays based on our testing criteria and the lowest search time of only 8 minutes
  • Found a great room in a 4-star hotel for $128 per night, 41% less than the final booking cost of $217 on the hotel website for the same dates (including taxes and fees)
  • Lowest prices for reserving hotels 1-2 weeks out or night of reservations
  • Save about $10 per booking when using the app over Hotwire.com on desktop
  • Can usually use the given information to narrow the hotel name even though it is hidden until after completing payment

Even with the “catch” of the secret hotel name at the time of booking, it was easy for us to guess which hotel it would be, sometimes even with a 50-50 chance between two given names.

Read Hotwire's Full Review
Runner Up

For those who plan ahead

  • Save on your next trip with exclusive deals on hotels, flights & rental cars.

    4.7 Ratings 670K+ Reviews 5M+ Downloads

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Of course, not everyone is okay with booking the week of, so Priceline is the best deal for you if you like planning your trips about a month or so out. This is another one where it’s a great idea to book with the app over the website since you get extra savings.

Why we chose Priceline:

  • Found a room for $44 per night less than the Tripadvisor listing for the same exact stay
  • Lowest prices for reserving hotels 3-4 weeks in advance
  • We saved $20 by booking with the app over the Priceline website
  • Using the app directly had cheaper listings than the Priceline listings on aggregators like Tripadvisor and Kayak

We also loved how user-friendly the Priceline app is for reviewing the options, plus most hotels we saw had a pay later option, so there was no prepayment required to book the room. If you’re already researching your next vacation, this is the app for you.

Read Priceline's Full Review
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Cheapest private stays

  • Unforgettable travel starts with Airbnb.

    4.7 Ratings 2M+ Reviews 50M+ Downloads

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Airbnb is sort of a given, and we are certainly no stranger to booking through their app since it's easy to find better deals for private spaces than hotel options. However, we still wanted to put it to the test against the other vacation stay apps to see if it really had the best deals.

Why we chose Airbnb:

  • Lowest bottom line for highly-rated private stays such as vacation rentals, homes, apartments, and rooms
  • Searching directly through the app brought more results than aggregators that pull from Airbnb, such as Trivago
  • Found more good quality results in our budget of $200 a night final costs than competitor homestay app, Vrbo, which averaged $300 per night
  • Had more options than competitor homestay app, Home To Go

Airbnb appears to be the top for private stays, but we did find that Hotwire still has better overall deals, especially for last minute. Airbnb is comparable to Priceline for booking in advance, but the really nice places on Airbnb were still pricey. Priceline still seemed to get us slightly higher quality hotel stays in the $200/night range than Airbnb vacation homes or rooms.

Read Airbnb's Full Review
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A surprising underdog

We hadn’t used Hotellook before, and we honestly almost overlooked it for the testing phase, but we are glad we didn’t! This one had some exclusive deals that were lower than the other aggregators like Tripadvisor.

Why we chose Hotellook:

  • Delivered the best deals of all the aggregator apps, despite having far fewer downloads than apps like Tripadvisor and Kayak
  • Had exclusive deals, such as a SnapTravel listing for $20 less than the same listing on Tripadvisor
  • Great selection for discounts with 3-4 star hotels and 8/10 average user ratings
  • Found a 4-star hotel that was only $110 per night, 10% cheaper than the lowest price on Tripadvisor for the same hotel and 21% cheaper than booking through the hotel website

We still recommend booking 3-4 weeks out for the most optimal deals on Hotellook, but the last minute or week of deals are still worth checking in addition to apps like Hotwire or Hotel Tonight.

Read Hotellook's Full Review
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Rewarding nights for frequent travellers

  • Find the perfect place for your trip with last minute hotel & travel deals!

    4.7 Ratings 2M+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads

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Any frequent travelers or reward program lovers will want to check out the Hotels.com app. Even though the website is already a popular option, the app itself is a must-download since you get extra rewards for using it.

Why we chose Hotels.com:

  • Most rewarding rewards program of the apps we tested
  • Stamps collected for each night booked plus one bonus reward stamp each time you book through the app
  • Free night of stay for every 10 stamps collected
  • Reward night is equal to the average value of stamps collected, so you could save about $200 or more

This app would likely save you the most over time. You have to spend a bit more to save more, but a free night every 10 stamps is still a great deal, and the prices for stays are still a good value and not overpriced by any means.

Read Hotels.com's Full Review

Everything We Recommend

  • Our Pick

    Hotwire: Last Minute Hotel & Car

    4.7 Ratings 140K+ Reviews 1M+ Downloads
    Hotwire: Hotel & Car Deals

    Save even more with exclusive, last-minute travel deals in the Hotwire app. Hot Rate® deals make booking travel easy, exciting, and affordable!

    1. You pick the star-rating, location, amenities, and price.
    2. We reveal your top-notch, deeply-discounted hotel right after booking.
    3. Done and done. 

    We've added new ways for you to hack your trip and get the best deal, available only on the app: 

    • Discounted pricing and app-only coupons. Saving cash looks good on you. 
    • Draw your ideal neighborhood. Circle a specific location on the map, and we’ll find you a Hot Rate® Hotel right there. 
    • Sync with your schedule. You can add trip details directly to your calendar in a matter of seconds. The Hotwire app packs in everything our customers love about our site—and more—including: 
    • Unbeatable deals up to the last minute. Hotwire is the go-to app for booking money-saving, unforgettable trips. Book weeks in advance or the day of. Either way, Hotwire has you covered. 
    • Thousands of hotels to choose from. Think: trendy, boutique properties and iconic brands like Fairmont, Hyatt, and Marriott. 
    • Get 1 of 2 Hot Rate® Hotels. Hacking your Hot Rate® just got easier in the app. We’ll show two hotels, and you’re guaranteed to stay at one of them. 
    • Our low price guarantee. Book with confidence—our rates won’t be beat. 
    • 24/7 customer service. Message our team with any questions, day or night.


    Contact us anytime
    Call 1-866-HOTWIRE (1-866-468-9473)
    Support@hotwire.com
    Visit the Hotwire.com mobile site
    Hotwire, part of Expedia, Inc.
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    No
    No
  • Runner Up
    Save on your next trip with exclusive deals on hotels, flights & rental cars in the Priceline app. From cheap flights to amazing hotel room offers, you’re guaranteed to find deals you won’t want to miss.

    Vacation vibes or business trip? 5-star hotel or budget hostel? No matter what your travel plans are, you can save on your hotel room, flights and car rental when you book with Priceline. And thanks to our handy app, you can compare travel deals, book, and save, wherever you are.

    Hotels, cheap flights & car rental - 5 reasons you need to download before your next trip. Seriously:

    1. Hotel room offers, exclusive to our app users. You won’t find them anywhere else! Plus, save even more as a Priceline VIP.
    2. Accommodation for you - get deals on hotels that matter to you with our personalized, relevant hotel recommendations.
    3. Travel ready - Have everything you need for your trip or vacation in one place - hotel deals, rental cars and cheap flights.
    4. Hotel booking - Book your next hotel room in a matter of seconds.
    5. Hostel or 5-star hotel? We’ve got the right accommodation and hotel deals for any trip and any budget.

    Love to travel? Join millions of happy travelers who book great travel deals with us every day - download now! Our exclusive offers and cheap flights can help you save some serious money.

    HOTEL DEALS - EXCLUSIVE OFFERS FOR APP USERS
    You’ll save up to 60% off with Express Deals®. Seriously. Plus, you’ll earn access to exclusive deals on great hotels when you’re a Priceline VIP.

    FLIGHT DEALS - COMPARE & SAVE
    Travel across the globe with super travel deals on thousands of domestic and international flights. Priceline helps you find flight deals for your next trip in just a few simple steps, straight from your phone. Pace yourself.

    RENTAL CARS - FAST & EASY BOOKING
    Hit the road with deals on rental cars - choose from 290 car rental brands in 28,000+ locations. We also offer free cancellation on most bookings and no credit card fees. That's how we roll.

    COMPARE, BOOK & SAVE
    Finding the perfect accommodation and travel deals is easy as pie. Search by city, address or point of interest to book the most conveniently located hotels and rental cars. As you search more, we uncover even more deals just for you.

    HOTEL BOOKING - FROM HOSTEL TO HOTEL
    In a rush? Our app features super-quick travel and hotel booking, especially when you’re signed in! Whether it’s a hostel for the night or a vacation next month - we do fast well.

    TRAVEL BUDDY
    Easily access and make changes to your trip wherever you are with our My Trips feature. Need to check your hotel booking or car rental details on the go? Get all of your reservation and travel info right on your phone, even if you booked on your computer, are offline or don’t have service. Like magic.

    Our app is rated as Best App for Travelers by Travel + Leisure! Whether you want to book flights or your hotel room at the touch of a button, find new and exciting accommodation or simply want to explore vacation destinations out there, the priceline.com app is the best place to start.

    Priceline is part of Booking Holdings, which includes leading online travel brands such as Booking.com, Agoda, Kayak & OpenTable.
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    No
    No
  • Also Groovy

    Airbnb

    4.7 Ratings 2M+ Reviews 50M+ Downloads
    Book the perfect stay for every getaway and explore new experiences—both online and in person. Find everything you need to make your next trip memorable, or start earning money as a host.

    BOOK STAYS
    Choose from millions of listings in many countries. Find everything from a treehouse for a whimsical weekend to an entire house for the whole family to live, work, and relax. Search by price, property type, location, amenities, and more.

    BOOK EXPERIENCES
    Find unique activities and excursions led by local experts around the world—or explore a world of online experiences—right from home. Whether you’re up for a mixology lesson or a fun science demonstration, there’s something for every age and interest.

    GO NEAR. OR FAR.
    Airbnb gives you the freedom to explore the wonders of the world, or embrace a world of wonder right in your own backyard. Stays with flexible cancellation policies can help you feel more comfortable making travel plans that may change. Check out hosts’ cancellation policies for details.

    For travelers:
    • Book stays and experiences for your next solo journey, family vacation, or business trip
    • Search for last minute stays or longer stays
    • Save your favorite stays, experiences, and places—and add invited friends or family to planned stays
    • Add experiences and events to your itinerary
    • Message your host for directions, assistance, and helpful tips

    For hosts:
    • Share your extra space or lead experiences that showcase what makes your city great
    • Update your listing and calendar availability
    • Share what’s special about your neighborhood with a host guidebook
    • Message guests and manage their reservations
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    No
    No
    FIND AND COMPARE THE BEST HOTEL DEALS FROM BOOKING.COM, HOTELS.COM, AGODA, EXPEDIA AND 80 ONLINE BOOKING AGENCIES MORE WITH JUST ONE SEARCH!


    Top Trending App and TOP Developer awards by Google Play.


    Hotellook app — is the simplest way to compare hotels and prices across 80 leading hotel booking systems. Whether you are planning your future vacation or you’re stuck in the unfamiliar city — just press the "Hotels near me" button and Hotellook will find you the best cheap hotel! Book hotel rooms in 2 taps!

    The best hotel deals from 760,000 hotels in 205 countries at your fingertips! Find the best fare in this Vegas Starterkit.

    Features:

    • Instant search for the cheap hotel deals available at major hotel booking sites:
    With just one search we look through 80 hotel booking systems for the cheap hotels. Choose the ideal hotel, motel, hostel, apartment or any other accommodation and enjoy your stay. Book a hotel room with just a couple of clicks!

    • No additional taxes and fees:
    You will pay exactly the same price as you see on the screen. No hidden taxes or any unexpected fees will be added to your payment.

    • Convenient search filters:
    Would you like to stay only in 4* luxury hotels with suites in the city center with pets allowed, free wi-fi and parking or you prefer budget and inexpensive hotels? No problems! Hotellook filter system will help you to find hotels that best meet your needs, find and book family hotels, business or romantic deals!

    • Hotel ratings and badges:
    Ratings, based on real guest reviews for cheap hotels will help you to make a decision!

    Destination Spring Break?

    Hotellook also offers several other features for a hassle-free booking a hotel process:

    • Interactive map: Call It A Night and choose the best and cheapest hotels directly from the city map.
    • Additional hotel information: Get all necessary information about chosen hotel — inspiring photos, detailed description, room services, features and even panoramic Street View of the hotel.
    • Prices overview: Choose your favorite booking system and finalize your hotel reservations there.
    • Sorting options: Sort results by price, popularity, rating or proximity to the city center.

    • Favorites: Save found very cheap hotels to your personal list and get back to them later.
    • Hotels near me: One button and you will get all cheap hotels nearby and hotel rooms near me. The best Vegas Starterkit.
    • Hotel discounts: Low on space? Find hotels and get cheap hotel rooms and cheap last minute hotel deals with Hotellook special offers and catch one-day discount hotels!

    *NOTE: Hotellook app is a search engine that will find you the best and cheapest hotel rates for all accommodation deals and last minute hotel rooms for the Destination Spring Break. We do everything to provide you the best hotel comparison service! App allows you to compare hotel prices for very cheap hotels, hotel suites, cheap motels, apartments, hostels and hotel packages in 80 booking systems and discount hotel websites, so that you can select the best hotels and last minute hotel deal and book cheap hotels. You will be redirected to the selected booking service website to book a getaway.

    Relax and Call It A Night. Find the best fare. Enjoy.

    If you enjoy using Hotellook hotel search & finder and booking hotel accommodation was easy, please take a moment to leave us a nice review.
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    No
    No
    When you’re ready to travel again, the Hotels.com app has everything you need to book the perfect place to stay.

    Plus, our app is your perfect travel companion. Not only can you book on the go, but you can also change or cancel your booking and contact the property directly from the app.

    That’s not all! You’ll find everything you need to make your booking stress-free and your stay even more enjoyable.

    EASILY FIND THE PERFECT STAY FOR YOUR TRIP
    • We do more than just hotels! Book vacation rentals, apartments, luxury resorts, B&Bs, motels, hostels and, yes, hotels - from cheap rooms to unique boutiques!
    • Search and compare travel deals and hotel prices before making your reservation
    • Make a reservation and book your travel in a few easy taps

    SAVINGS & DEALS
    • You can instantly save an extra 10% with Secret Prices** on our app
    • Use our “Tonight’s Local Deals” feature to save on last minute bookings
    • Traveling tonight? Get last minute travel deals with Tonight’s Local Deals
    • Find flash sales on your last minute holiday escapes
    • Save on your trip with last minute travel deals

    GET REWARDED WITH HOTELS.COM REWARDS
    • Collect 10 stamps, get 1 reward*** night! Collect a stamp for every night you stay at 1,000,000 eligible properties worldwide
    • Get handy notifications as you progress towards your reward night
    • There are no blackout dates to redeem your reward night
    • Silver and Gold members can enjoy extra travel benefits at VIP Access properties
    • Redeem your reward nights just about anywhere: from major hotel chains and beach resorts to villas, apartments and more

    FIND A STAY THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU
    • Explore our range of apartments, holiday homes, resorts and more
    • It’s easy to search for properties with our in-depth sort and filter options
    • See the property’s location at a glance with our map view
    • Read verified guest reviews
    • Compare the features and prices of your favorite properties you’ve saved

    FAST, EASY & SECURE BOOKINGS
    • Pay now or later – you choose whether you want to pay online or at the property
    • Save your payment details securely to book future stays even faster

    ENJOY YOUR STAY
    • Get booking confirmation and check-in notifications

    *Free cancellation on most hotels. Some hotels require you to cancel at least 24-48 hours before check-in. See property pages on app for details.

    **Secret Prices are available to Hotels.com app users, Hotels.com® Rewards members and individuals who unlock Secret Prices by subscribing to Hotels.com by email. Available on selected hotels and selected dates only. Subject to the full terms and conditions https://www.hotels.com/customer_care/terms_conditions.html

    *** Members 18+. When you book and stay 1 night at eligible properties, you’ll get 1 stamp. Collect 10 stamps and get a reward night. Reward night value based on average daily rate of 10 stamps (excluding taxes/fees). Taxes/fees payable on reward night. A redemption fee applies unless redeemed on app. Booking exclusions apply. Subject to full terms and conditions https://www.hotels.com/customer_care/terms_conditions.html.


    The Hotels.com app uses information for analytics, personalization, and advertising. By downloading our app, you agree to our privacy and cookies policies https://hotels.com/customer_care/privacy.html.
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    No
    No

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