I’ve been on the road for several weeks now, although squatting at various friends and couches, I do happen to grab a hotel room every so often. Priceline Thursday added an app to their service that shows travelers a “tonight-only” special that is good from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM for that same day. No bids, no pre-purchasing futures, just sign up and reserve the deals the same day to fill a hotels excess inventory.
Hotel Tonight is a similar app that some of you may already be using, it works much in the same way by allowing you to book a hotel that same night (just an hour earlier) at a discount.
Here’s how Tonight-Only works: Users peruse hotel options for one of 34 cities with descriptions, maps and even some Priceline user reviews before making an instant booking. There’s no blind booking or bidding here; fixed rates are last-minute offers the travel site negotiates with hotels, Priceline’s Brian Ek says.
It’s free and out for iPhone and iPad users, the app also includes a Hotel & Rental negotiator.[iTunes]