BoardingArea blogger Seth Miller of The Wandering Aramean has launched a new site, Hotel Hustle, to help simplify the process of searching for hotel award nights. Hotel Hustle allows travelers who are members of multiple hotel loyalty programs to search for a hotel and determine which award night is the best deal compared to the cash price being offered. The site searches multiple hotel programs based on your destination and dates and displays both revenue and award availability with the cash price and the number of points required for your desired stay.
In addition to displaying various hotel options by program, the site calculates the “value” of an award night relative to the nominal value of a point in that program and displays a “cpp” or cost per point value for the award night to help users determine the best hotel award night value.
The site currently allows users to search for award availability with Club Carlson, Choice Privileges, Hilton HHonors, Hyatt Gold Passport, IHG Rewards Club, Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and Wyndham Rewards, with plans for additional programs to be added. Check it out at http://www.insideflyer.com/link/?11944 .
Bottom line: One big advantage of this site is that it displays award rates across multiple brands on a single results page. Hotel Hustle also offers the ability for users to create alerts to be notified if award space becomes available at a desired hotel. While there are no guarantees that the award night will open up, the system can send an email or text message with a direct link to book the room if the desired award space becomes available. We think this site has the potential to be an incredibly valuable resource and look forward to seeing how it develops.