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One of the hotel discount sites I have personally like the best over the last year or two has been TravelPony. No site always has the lowest price for every hotel, but this site consistently had some pretty low prices, and you were able to utilize (and sometimes stack) new customer bonuses, referral bonuses, and additional percent off discount codes to come up with some solid hotel deals.
We have used them without incident a number of times to stay at hotels like the Fairmont Vancouver Airport, The Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, Omni Corpus Christi, a Holiday Inn Express, etc. In other words, there are a variety of properties available all along the spectrum that pop up on TravelPony.
Recently I was again pricing an upcoming hotel stay on TravelPony and noticed that the site looked totally different than it had before. Here is a summary of the changes in TravelPony’s own words from their site:
- We’ve grown our offering of 20,000 hotels to over 200,000 – which is pretty much every hotel in the world today.
- Second, our members will be able to compare prices and book hotels all of the top travel sites. We don’t care where the best deal is – we just want to find every type of deal conceivable so our members can save the most money possible.
- Last, but not least, we want to make sure that we reveal the best possible deal on a hotel room for our members. PriceReview will do for hotel deals what TripAdvisor did for assessing hotel quality. If there is a coupon that provides a better deal on a hotel…a special advance purchase rate…a mobile same-day price…or even a deal a member found through calling the hotel directly…our members will find it.
After playing around with the site some, there is no doubt that many more hotel results are displayed, and TravelPony does indeed display not only their prices, but also the prices that many other sites are offering. Sometimes TravelPony has the lowest price, and sometimes it doesn’t. In fact, some hotels displayed don’t even have a TravelPony price – instead they are only bookable by clicking on the link that takes you to one of the other hotel booking sites.
To celebrate the grand re-opening of the new TravelPony site, for the rest of today you can save 10% on a hotel booking made via TravelPony (not one of the other hotel affiliate websites) using the code GRAND10. As you can see via this mock reservation below, this code stacks with some other discount codes as well.
If you are new to TravelPony you can save $35 off a $200 reservation, those who refer others also earn a $25 travel credit to use toward a future reservation. While your $25 referral credits can be used with discount codes such as GRAND10 I don’t believe the new customer bonus stacks (though someone please correct me if I’m wrong).
Overall I mostly like the site re-design, though it is harder to find a specific hotel that I might be looking for than it was before, and oftentimes I like to stack TravelPony discounts on top of the prices displayed so I can’t imagine I will regularly be selecting the other hotel booking site options unless the price is significantly lower.
What do you think of the new TravelPony?
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