AutoSlash for Hotels Monitors Prices and Upgrades
- Keep checking your hotel reservations for price drops
- Compare your bookings against better rates at online travel websites to identify opportunities for best rate guarantee claims (and submits the claims for you)
- Identify when prices of suites drop to close to your room rate in case you want to buy up.
They monitor Hilton, Starwood, and Hyatt. And they also flag big price movements, letting you know when hotels that they track are at least 50% below their normal price. (See also How to Find Airline and Hotel Mistake Fares.)
There’s a free membership and a free trial for their premium service. The free account only tells you when your reservation has been upgraded, and alerts you to hotel promotions. They have two paid plans at $99 and $199 per year.
While they offer an affiliate program I am not including any affiliate links for their service. This offering sounds great, for frequent travelers who stay in hotels often and don’t want to spend the time managing all of this themselves it could be a great time and money saver. But I can’t yet endorse it through direct experience.
HotelUpgrade Gets You Perks for Reservations You’re Making Anyway
Meanwhile HotelUpgrade.com promises upgrades and amenities like free parking, drinks, and room service as throw-ins for hotel bookings.
Here’s the trick: you actually just book your reservations through the hotel chain’s website. Then you send them your confirmation number and they apply the perks each hotel has negotiated with them.
You can only see what perks are available through their iOS app [Android not presently available], although you can submit your confirmation numbers through the app or via email.
And since you book direct with the hotel chain, you still get points, elite status credit, and loyalty program benefits for the stay.
They start off with a limited number of hotels in a limited number of cities, and the official launch won’t come until later this month.
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