Anyone tried TravelPony yet?

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  1. ranman1973

    ranman1973 Silver Member

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    Hey everyone. Just wondering if anyone else has given TravelPony a try yet? www.travelpony.com

    I personally have not yet booked anything but it seems very promising for hotel bookings. Rates and hotel names are only published after you sign up / sign in. There's also a bit of a catch b/c they ask you to share your deal on social media (but there's an opt out option).

    On a comparison for an upcoming trip, I found that this site beat Expedia and other OTAs by a pretty decent margin: 10 to 25% which is very good in a competitive landscape. None of this $2 or $5 per night 'savings'.

    When I compared it to Hotwire, TravelPony was a bit higher, but in some cases I don't mind paying extra to know what hotel I'm getting and to have the ability to cancel.

    As the creator of HotelDealsRevealed.com, I love Priceline and will continue to use Priceline's NYOP if the price is cheap enough. But TravelPony does look pretty promising.

    Anybody actually booked anything on it yet?
     
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    Ride that pony!
     
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    Muerl Gold Member

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    Does this count as an opaque booking channel? Can it be used for a BRG? Clearly they claim to have a room for me $25 per night less than hilton.com for example.
     
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    Probably can't be used for BRG because you have to sign up to see the rates but YMMV depending on the program
     
  5. ranman1973

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    Unfortunately not. Their fares are not "published" and are only available to members only.

    After a few hotel bookings, I'm liking the site.
     
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    anileze Gold Member

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    Looks promising. However, their listing are limited, and the cities outside US, more so.
     
  7. mgn57

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    I don't know about Hilton,
    But I have used their rates for a LNF with Marriott. I emailed and asked Marriott, before I put in a LNF claim.
    I was successful for Courtyards in Hawaii.
     
  8. flynhwn

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    The site is very limited. Some cities have only 2 or 3 listings. Certain cities had none. It's not very comprehensive. We had a credit to use and could not find a place to use it.
     
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    I have checked it out a few times but never booked anything. It's okay if you don't need selection --> location is not that important. I'm going to Vegas and couldn't find anything in the part of the Strip I wanted to stay.
     
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    I used travelpony 6 different times in Argentina while on a recent trip. I only used it because I was able to take advantage of multiple referrals for myself and a girlfriend, etc... We were budget travelers, but we were able to get 4 star rooms listed at $80 a night on many sites with a sale price of $50 on travel pony. after apply the $35 sign up credit we paid $15 to stay in some pretty decent 4 star hotels. We did stay in one place from travel pony that was listed for $75. It was a crap hole, and we would have been very disappointed if we had actually paid $75. We paid only $15 after a $25 referral and $35 sign up bonus.
     

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