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Best Hotel Booking Apps to Save Money 2021

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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Aubrey Rinehart Aubrey Rinehart Data_checker
Best Hotel Booking Apps to Save Money 2021

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 the 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:

Table of Contents

  1. 1. Apps We Selected
  2. Our Pick Hotwire: Last Minute Hotel & C Hotwire: Last Minute Hotel & C Runner Up Priceline: Hotel, Flight & Car Priceline: Hotel, Flight & Car Also Groovy Airbnb Airbnb Also Groovy Cheap hotel deals — Hotellook Cheap hotel deals — Hotellook Also Groovy Travel Booking Travel Booking
  3. 2. Everything We Recommend
  4. 3. The 411 from our Appventurer
  5. 4. Other Apps Considered
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 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.

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Runner Up

For those who plan ahead

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.

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Also Groovy

Cheapest private stays

  • The Airbnb app brings together a global community of guests and Hosts.
    4.6 Ratings 2M+ Reviews 100M+ Downloads
    Free Feature Rich Fresh 1M+ Reviews


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.

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Also Groovy

A surprising underdog

  • Book a getaway! Cheap hotel deals from all the leading booking agencies in 1 app
    4.6 Ratings 15K+ Reviews 1M+ Downloads


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.

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Also Groovy

Rewarding nights for frequent travellers

Any frequent travelers or reward program lovers will want to check out the 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

  • 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.

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Everything We Recommend

  • Our Pick
    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.

    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)
    Visit the mobile site
    Hotwire, part of Expedia, Inc.
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  • 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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 app is the best place to start.

    Priceline is part of Booking Holdings, which includes leading online travel brands such as, Agoda, Kayak & OpenTable.
    In-App Purchases
  • Also Groovy


    4.6 Ratings 2M+ Reviews 100M+ Downloads
    Choose from unique homes—near or far—in many countries around the world. Find everything from getaways near national parks to apartments in the heart of big cities and book right in the app.

    Easily explore the world of Airbnb—and discover homes that you wouldn’t have known to look for—with a new way to search designed around Airbnb Categories. These curated collections of homes are chosen for their style, location, or nearby activities, whether you want a design marvel, a stay somewhere tropical, or a place near incredible surfing.

    Split Stays is an innovative new feature that intelligently splits one trip across two homes. Split Stays automatically appear in search results of trips a week or longer—so guests can find more available homes and experience more on their trip.

    AirCover is the most comprehensive free protection in travel, giving guests the confidence of knowing that if something goes wrong, we have their backs.

    Feel at home, no matter where you are. The Airbnb app lets you chat with your Host, receive up-to-the-minute information about your booking, and make the most of your trip by getting the best info on everything local that only expert Hosts would know. A redesigned Trips tab puts all your must-have travel details in one place. Here you’ll also find check-in details that make it easy to get there, get inside, and get connected to wifi.

    Know that every accessibility feature a home has goes through an accessibility review process confirmed by our team of specialists. Easily sort by 13 accessibility search filters, including step-free bedroom access and accessible parking spot.

    Get out and explore with a local expert as your guide—or immerse yourself in a new place right from your couch. Go solo, book a private group event, or join a group and meet someone new. Check out Experiences for any age or interest and book, save, or share your favorite ones—all with the Airbnb app.

    Turn your space into extra income on Airbnb. List it directly from the Airbnb app, then receive the support and guidance you need to get started with hosting. It’s a great way to fund your dreams and inspire someone else’s next big adventure.

    AirCover for Hosts is top-to-bottom protection for every Airbnb Host. It includes $1 million in liability insurance, $1 million in damage protection, and more. It's always included and always free. Only on Airbnb.
    In-App Purchases

    Cheap hotel deals — Hotellook

    4.6 Ratings 15K+ Reviews 1M+ Downloads

    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.


    • 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.
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    Our app is even more rewarding for® Rewards members! You can get to your next reward* night faster with app exclusive offers and be sure to opt-in to notifications so you don't miss out.

    When you’re ready to travel, take our app with you, after all, it’s your perfect travel companion.

    • Get instant access to Member Prices*! Save an average of 15% on thousands of hotels worldwide! That’s real savings, right now.
    • Save on last-minute bookings with our app

    • Enjoy the flexibility of free cancellation on most hotels*
    • Search and compare travel deals and hotel and vacation rental prices before booking your trip

    • Collect 10 stamps, get 1 reward night on us
    • Love reward nights? You can get them faster on our app with app exclusive offers on hotel and properties alike
    • You won’t pay a fee to redeem your reward nights on our app – and there are no blackout dates

    • Redeem your reward nights just about anywhere: from major hotel chains and beach resorts to villas, apartments and more
    • Silver and Gold members can enjoy extra travel benefits at VIP Access properties

    • We do more than just hotels! Easily find vacation rentals, apartments, luxury resorts, B&Bs, motels, hostels and more on our app - we’ve got every kind of property for almost every kind of trip. So, whether it’s a hotel for a short business trip or a vacation rental for a long vacation, choose from over 800,000 properties worldwide.
    • Filter by theme for different types of trips
    • See the hotel or vacation rental location on a map and read verified guest reviews
    • Save your favorite hotels, vacation rentals, resorts and more

    • It only takes a few taps to book your travel.
    • Pay now or later on most hotels
    • Save your payment details to book future trips even faster

    • Save your confirmation and access your hotel or vacation rental booking details anytime – even offline
    • Easily manage your hotel or vacation rental booking on the go
    • Contact us or the hotel or vacation rental owner directly from the app
    • Opt-in for push notifications and we’ll send you updates about your stay

    * Rewards is open only to individuals who are eighteen (18) and older. When you book and stay 1 night at eligible properties, you’ll get 1 stamp. Collect 10 stamps and you'll get 1 reward night to redeem at a Rewards eligible pre-pay property (as identified on site). The maximum value of the reward night is the average daily rate of your ten (10) stamps collected excluding taxes and applicable fees. The value of your reward night doesn't count towards any applicable taxes or fees. Excludes package bookings (where available) and bookings made using a coupon. Your reward nights and/or your collected stamps will expire if you have not collected a stamp and/or redeemed a reward night using your® Rewards account in the previous 12 months. Subject to full terms and conditions Member Prices are available to app users, Rewards members and individuals who unlock Member Prices by subscribing to by email. Available on selected hotels and selected dates only. Subject to the full terms and conditions Free cancellation on most hotels. Some hotels require you to cancel at least 24-48 hours before check-in. See property pages on our app for details."

    The app uses information for analytics, personalization, and advertising. By downloading our app, you agree to our privacy and cookies policies
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The 411 from our Appventurer

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Aubrey Rinehart
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Aubrey Rinehart

I’ve been hooked on apps ever since my first download of Tap Tap Revenge on my 2nd generation iPod Touch. Now I rely heavily on a wide variety of apps for all of my day to day functions. As a type one diabetic, I depend on many of them to manage my health, and some of them quite literally save my life. I most frequently use apps that help keep me organized, especially as far as my schedule and finances, but for fun I also enjoy my apps for social media, games and other entertainment.

I really am happiest when I get to be creative, which is why I love to write. Since graduating with my bachelor’s degree, I’ve written for blogs, created website copy, and composed various informational content. I love the opportunity to use writing as a tool to effectively communicate my ideas and opinions, and to express my experiences and research. I’m happy to use my skills to help others discover their new favorite apps!

Best Hotel Booking Apps to Save Money 2021