Save Big on a Hotel Reservation With Travel Pony!

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Last night I started to see posts about a hotel booking website called Travel Pony from several fellow BoardingArea bloggers (including here and here).  I was a little too tired to pay attention to it at the time, and I generally don’t like booking my hotel reservations through a third party site anyway since I want to earn hotel points and elite status credits.  However, when I saw yet another post by my friend Deals We Like this morning, I took a little harder look and it seemed like it was worth checking out.  Some people are annoyed by multiple bloggers posting about the same thing, I view it as a gauge of how interesting the deal might be.

Save $85 On Upcoming Hotel Reservation:

Travel Pony requires you to join in order to make a booking (so it won’t work for Best Rate Guarantee matches with other hotel sites), but you can save some real money if you do join.  First, you get $25 credit for joining right now, however if you are referred by someone then you get an additional $10 for $35 credit (my link).  On top of that, if you use the code KATE50 you will save $50 off a $200 reservation.  In my case, my reservation only topped $200 including taxes and before the discounts, and it still worked!

In my limited searches, the hotel rates offered by Travel Pony were indeed lower than I was easily finding elsewhere, and when you stack the $35 credit + the $50 off a $200 reservation it resulted in significant savings.

TravelPony Savings

My Example:

I have a one-night reservation at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport coming up and the rates there weren’t cheap.  My one night reservation was still north of $250 all-in even after getting it lowered a couple times when the rates dropped.  However, via this deal the room priced at $189 + $29 in taxes for a total of $218.  That was some savings over what I had booked, but then on top of that I was able to use the KATE50 code to drop the rate to $168.  Then I applied the $35 credit I got from signing up via a referral link, and my final total is $133!  This is a refundable rate up to 72 hours before, so I can cancel if I end up needing to change my plans.  Check the details of each reservation individually to see what the rules are.

TravelPony Hotel

Deal Details:

I have read that this deal is valid until the end of February, but I wouldn’t wait if you are interested as you never know how these things will play out if they catch viral fire.  Feel free to share your referral link in the comments and let me know what type of hotel deal you scored!  Of course, always take the time to do your own price comparisons as no site will always be the cheapest.  Remember after you join you can refer your friends and family, so share the “deal love” and potentially get a little referral credit for yourself in the process!

Comments

  1. YMMV of course, but I checked the site for an upcoming stay I have planned in Park City and the property was listed for $359/nt on TravelPony, but is on $166/nt on Kayak/Expedia/Travelocity. Worse yet, TravelPony does not want you to know this, blatantly LYING in their price comparisons where they show the room rate at competitor sites Expedia/Travelocity as $490/night. I did sign up but I can’t envision giving this site any business.

    • Matt, I’m 100% sure they won’t always have the lowest price. However, I’m happy to give them some business when they can save me some real money over any other source I know of (especially for a stay where I’m not potentially missing any points or status credits). Always do what is in your best interest. 😉

  2. WOW. I never heard of travelpony before. First of all their price on my desired hotel was $25 less per night than my favorite travel sites for chicago in mid march. Second of all – I SAVED an additional $85 with your link and promo code. Many thanks.

  3. DG, awesome! Congrats!
    Heather, don’t count on elite status. It may happen, and adding your hotel program # directly with the hotel will help your odds, but don’t book via a third party expecting elite status credit. Just be pleasantly surprised if it happens.

  4. Thks for posting this. I signed up via your link, and have the discount already credited under my account.

    It looks like the site is in the growth phase, where I do not see a lot of properties listed, compared to – say – Hotels.com. Depending on how successful they are, maybe the property list will get longer. The initial discount is nice, but like you mentioned, YMMV.

    I looked at properties around CDG and Paris, and some are actually cheaper through TravelPony. When I looked around for some properties around Dallas, other sites (Hotels.com) are cheaper.

    I’d be happy to use them when it makes sense $-wise.

  5. Bob, agree they don’t seem to have as many properties available yet, but when it works for you, use it. 😉
    Adam, don’t count on it. Be pleasantly surprised if it works, but it also may not work.
    FFU, don’t have the Fairmont card, but glad you liked the post!
    Jorge, seems their available cities is limited, but good to keep in mind if you travel outside Asia!

  6. Thanks for sharing! I booked an Embassy Suites in the Orlando area for our tentative plans to visit family near the hotel. 3 nights for ~$230. Can’t argue with that when I’m free to cancel if our plans don’t pan out!
    I also don’t mind you covering a deal that other bloggers are talking about. If I see something pop up more than once, then it’s just more likely to be something I want to check out.

  7. I too booked a hotel night thru TravelPony at the Vancouver Fairmont Airport hotel. But my stay is during the height of summer travel in June and the rate i received after the $85 TP discount is $177. Still about $50 cheaper than the lowest rate I was finding in my weekly searches. One should definitely take advantage of this deal.

  8. thanks i wonder if the site is already having issues/overload. i got this error after i booked even though the property is still showing in the search results:

    A room of this type matching your trip dates and guest count is not available. Please try adjusting the number of guests per room or go to the Hotel details page to see if other types of rooms are available.

    Note: If a hotel room has just recently sold out it may still show as available in the booking options but then show as unavailable here.

  9. Thanks! Snagged the LA Hotel Downtown (Los Angeles.. of course) for $115 after the $35 discount. Not bad for a mid-week stay.

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