I’ve just been alerted to a new hotel booking website and – being the frugal gal I am – couldn’t wait to share it with you. Based in the US, Travel Pony is a brand new site that brings customers hotel booking prices at 10-70% off those of big travel sites. They’ve incorporated a Facebook log-in too which of course enables you to share the deals you find (we all know how awesome Facebook sharing can be) though if you want to log-in without Facebook (or hoard the deals to yourself!) you can totally do that too.
I can appreciate the social sharing component of Travel Pony, obviously being a social media obsesser myself. However, it has a greater purpose. Travel Pony explains that some big travel websites can spend up to 40% of their budget on marketing. If social sharing does the marketing for Travel Pony, they can pass that savings on to the customer. I get it, and love that strategy!
I logged in with Facebook (Travel Pony does not ask to post on your behalf and only sees your Public profile) and began searching. Travel Pony offers hotels in destinations across the US, in Europe and one location in Canada – Banff! They are bringing on more hotel partners in Canadian locations in 2014 too! While we do travel in the US, the Banff destination definitely interested me so I checked out prices further.
Travel Pony not only lists hotels by name (unlike some sites that make me feel like I’m on a game show with surprise hotels after I book) but they also show you the % savings you’d be getting through them AND what prices other travel sites are listing for the exact same hotel and room. Yes, it’s true!
Bookmark the site and keep an eye out for special sales (Las Vegas was on sale the day I looked!) and Travel Pony’s most popular destinations. Travel Pony is out of the gate and in the race. Variety is always a good thing, especially when that means I get the best deal in the end. I say, giddy up!
Travel Pony has generously offered one of my readers the opportunity to win a $500 travel credit! The credit does not have to be all used at once (it will go into your Travel Pony account) and has an expiry date of December 31, 2014! To enter to win, just share with us where you would go first! Don’t forget all the bonus entries available!