Hotel switching is the money saving solution from the new start up website “Nightly.” Based on a high speed proprietary algorithm the service compares hotel combinations on stays across two hotels, finding the most effective solution, in a particular city or destination without compromising on quality. By switching hotels travelers can save considerable on their trip. “We regularly see savings between 30 to 50% and savings above 70% are also not uncommon,” said the website’s co-founder Santiago Navarro to Cheese Traveller. “This means that on many trips to major destinations, travellers can save hundreds or thousands of pounds (or dollars or euros) with just a quick pack and a brief connecting journey,” he said.
If you are flexible and you don’t mind the minor inconvenience to switch hotels mid stay Nightly could be the easiest way to save some extra cash. This might be huge for traveler said Santiago Navarro and explained:“The money they save can either allow them to make the trip, where otherwise they may have not, it can enable them to stay in the best quality hotels and the savings can pay for many nice meals or shopping. The move also encourages travellers to experience different hotels and neighborhoods. Hence, even the move has its benefits, even though the savings you can reap make combining two hotels a no brainer in most instances. We invite travelers to consider hotel switching for their next trip.”
Combining two hotels in one city or destination may be more cost effective than staying in one hotel for the entire of your journey. This is because when you book a hotel, some nights might be more expensive than others. Various factors, such as the time of year, local events, hotel occupancy, special rates and available deals, affect the room price and thus increasing your total price. Finding the right hotel at the right price and within your budget is a daunting experience. This is why Nightly can be a powerful money saving tool. Santiago Navarro said: “We consider any hotel that has one or more nights available for a trip. The traditional model, where a hotel must be available for all nights for it to be considered an option, is flawed because many great value hotels which are available for part of a trip are missed,” and concluded: “We offer nights in hotels that are great value or a bargain and avoid nights which are overpriced. We combine nights in just two hotels, so you only ever need to switch once, and so the nights that you stay in a hotel you can rest assured are comparatively great value.”
But, what was the motivational force behind the creation of Nightly? “My co-founder Jon and I had been combining multiple hotels for a single trip to get better value for many years before we met at a traveltech event which brought us together under our shared interest,” said Santiago Navarro and clarified: “We were well aware of the way room prices in hotels fluctuated massively by night and how it made financial sense to leave an overpriced hotel and move into an undervalued one. We also recognised that most cities have zones where hotels are cheaper on either weekdays or weekends and it paid to work this in our favour. We also recognised that a hotel could only be available for part of our trip and it could still make a good option. In summary, we had learnt how to make hotel pricing work in our favour and we wanted to share this with the rest of the world.”
“In addition, I guess our key motivation is that we believe that all travellers should be able to travel more frequently, book last minute, stay in hotels they’ll love and do this at an affordable price. As an example, we wanted to offer those hundreds of millions who take no frills airlines flights to be able to stay in great hotels without going over budget. We wanted the travelling world to reap the significant benefits that can be unlocked by combining two hotels instead of just one for a trip. We wanted to fulfill our dream of making hotel switching as commonplace as connecting flights,” Santiago Navarro concluded.
The travel market is full of new interesting tools that can aid travelers. How the new web and mobile applications that focus on core business functions, such as travel bookings and planning could affect the way people choose how to travel and their destinations? “Travelers expect to explore, plan and book in the same platform,” said Santiago Navarro and explained: “Hence, it’s key that travel websites or native apps allow a user the full possibility to conduct the whole process. We see this happening with TripAdvisor and others. Understandably users get annoyed when they search on one site, only to be sent through to another site to find price or availability has changed. There’s little excuse for serious players not to address the whole process. This is why our algorithm-powered search acts as a metasearch whilst the rest of the user journey is similar to a traditional online travel agency. You can achieve the full explore, plan and book in one place. Planning and booking travel is getting easier and quicker. It’s now time to use technology to unlock the value that is too slow or hard to be unlocked manually.”
There is some level of inconvenience in needing to switch rooms during a trip and you have to weigh carefully the overall inconvenience with how much money you’ll save. But, with some flexibly the money you will save they can be used effectively to enhance your overall travel experience. You might want to consider hotel switching for your next trip.