4 simple steps to cheaper hotel rates, with TravelPony


There’s a new social hotel booking site on the scene that’s well worth a look.  TravelPony was launched just a few months ago and offers a new way to search for hotel deals.  Competitive pricing is the order of the day here and rates can be anything between 10%-70% below those of the major travel sites.  Have a look for yourself and see if you can find a bargain.

TravelPony

The concept is quite simple, but effective at the same time. Users of TravelPony access the site via their Facebook login and the deals with over 2,000 top hotel partners are competitive thanks to users’ willingness to share a post on their Facebook or Twitter social media channels.

The process of booking is equally straightforward but here it is in 4 easy-to-follow steps (if you prefer to watch, rather than read, skip to the video below):

Step 1

Go to www.travelpony.com and search for your destination city.

Step 2

Login to the site in order to view the prices. The simplest way to do this is via your Facebook ID.

Step 3

Look at the hotels that interest you. There’s detailed information on each hotel and you can even see the saving that you’ll make by booking via TravelPony versus using another site.

Step 4

Book and share.  Once you’ve booked your hotel, the honourable thing to do – in order to keep in the spirit of the site and to help it work – is to share the deal you’ve just taken advantage of via Facebook and/or Twitter.  Although this is not a requirement, it does help drive the site.  If you prefer, you can just taken the ‘Pony Promise’ to share your find offline instead.

The focus of the site so far is currently on the United States, with all the major cities covered. There is also a limited representation in Europe, covering a handful of cities (Barcelona, London, Madrid and Paris).

At the time of writing, a quick search conducted by me unearths the five star Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas for as little as $109 a night next week – a TravelPony saving of some 27%.

Aria Resort

So, whilst the big sites are busy spending big bucks on marketing, sites like this one can grow more naturally, instead relying on word of mouth via social media.  Saving on their marketing budget should, in turn, allow them to pass on savings in their hotel rates, thus hopefully helping to generate even more social sharing.

Give it a try and let us know in the comments if you find any great deals… if it lives up to the billing and continues to offer excellent prices, I’m sure it has every chance of success.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by TravelPony but, as always, opinions expressed are my own.


Comments (150)

  1. Amy Koegel-Gibbs says:

    I am currently looking for a part time position based on commission. I am a dual citizen (American and Swiss)’with a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1987. I speak all 4 Official Swiss languages as well as English which is my mother tongue. If TravelPony would need my services to respond in 5 languages or make promotional sales calls in Europe or elsewhere please contact me, I would be more than happy to give further references. Also feel free to check out my profile on Face Book for previous work experience and background. I would like to be a new addition to a successful team.

  2. Palesa says:

    I tried to enquire about The Lost City in South Africa but you don’t have it. Do you deal with any South African hotels?

  3. Abed says:

    HI Clay,
    I like the idea of the site, and I have a proposal I would like to share with you privately.
    I triedwith trip advisor,but no one answers usually, so i thought since you’re a startup, that would be possible to do something innovative.
    My email is abed_jr@hotmail.com.
    Please reply back or send me your email adress.
    Thanks.

  4. Jonathan says:

    Hi Amy and Alexandra,

    Thanks for reaching out to us! In regards to employment opportunities, we’re not currently recruiting, but we’re always looking for bright individuals. Please send and email to careers@travelpony.com.

    Abed,

    We’d love to hear more. Please feel free to reach out to us at support@travelpony.com and we’ll be sure to forward your message to the appropriate party.

  5. Garland Drake says:

    No luck using this website in finding a hotel in Cork, Ireland. The ones you do list(2) are booked for the dates I require?????? What about listing all the hotels in the area, as your website describes………. To bad I could have recommended this website to many.

  6. dwk says:

    This site is for major world centers. No value to the average travelling person unless you are gong to new york, paris, london etc.

  7. monique says:

    I appreciate the comparison of prices, and i hope to use your site very soon.
    On the other hand, please don’t shy away from posting hotel photos. They are always of great help to me. . Thanks and best regards

  8. Nice prices and very good hotels can you find here. All it is free to searching for the good price.
    Thanks & best regards

  9. FM says:

    Do you have any hotels in South Africa or do you offer any franchises?
    I would want to market for you in South Africa.

  10. Fidelis says:

    Hi Jonathan,
    There are good hotels here in Nigeria. I can be of help in advertising your website and making Nigerian know about your excellent discounts. Kindly let me know how I may be of help.
    Regards.

  11. Sohaib says:

    just visited travelpony briefly and found the site very useful ! plus its so user-friendly that anyone of any language can easily access it !! thanx for sharing such useful websites !!

  12. I read a question in one of the comments above and I quote:

    “Mukesh says:
    January 2, 2014 at 1:59 am
    Any decent deals for hotels in Goa and Kerala compared to other sites? I’m only interested in 5 star resorts.”

    It appears that this question was not answered! I, too, am interested in the same. Maybe, now I hope you will take an initiative to reply!

    regards

  13. Paul Johnson says:

    Actually, Rohit… that question was answered by Jonathan a few comments later:

    “In regards to the question: we do not currently have any properties available in Goa and Kerala. Sorry about that! We’re quickly expanding and have plans to launch 3500 top properties over Q1 of 2014, so stay tuned.”

  14. Jonathan says:

    Thank you all for the great questions and comments. If you have any business partnership inquiries, please contact us at affiliate@travelpony.com. In regards to a few of the questions since my last response: We are mainly focused in major cities around the world, and though we have a limited selection in Cork, we’re working to improve our coverage there. We intend to drastically improve the user content on the website, including photos during the next quarter, so please look forward to that!

  15. Dani says:

    I recently used TravelPony’s service. I tend to do a lot of research before I choose, I compare prices with the hotel, agencies, and travel sites, still TravelPony was the cheapest. Compared to my other cheap option I saved 20USD per night.

    They also have the best costumer service! They reply fast, are kind and always offer a solution.

    I bought from outside the US and had no problem with my payment.

  16. Priyanka says:

    Hi i just happened to know about Travelpony. Do you have the services in India as well . Please let me know

  17. Jonathan says:

    Priyanka – Currently we have a limited selection of hotels in India. However, we ‘re working with a new inventory provider to offer a several thousand new hotels in that region in the next few months!

  18. Gary Rogers says:

    I own a boutique hotel in Costa Rica – Condotel Las Cascadas , and would love to participate , How long will it be before you are in Costa Rica

  19. Linda Jaggers says:

    Gatlinburg Tennessee has opened a Margaritaville Hotel and I was wondering if TravelPony has a discount there?

  20. Leah says:

    Hello,
    I plan to try TravelPony on my next trip, as from what I can tell here, it sounds great! I am also impressed with the fact that Paul, Jay, and Johnathan’s answers are consistently polite, thoughtful, and helpful. Just wanted to say I appreciate the civility shown towards everyone!!

  21. Shawn says:

    I’ve read some good stuff here. Definitely price bookmarking for
    revisiting. I wonder how a lot effort you place to make such a wonderful informative
    website.

  22. Beth Parkhurst says:

    I’d be happy to sign up via my FB account if only that didn’t involve providing my friend list to TravelPony. Please let me know if there’s a way for me to sign up via FB without providing my friend list.

    For now, I intend to sign up using my e-mail. I will certainly post on FB and Twitter if I make reservations through TravelPony.

    Thanks for providing this service!

  23. Steph says:

    Hi! I SO wish I would have known about this two months ago! We are going to Chicago in August and out of curiosity used your site to see what the price for our hotel would have been through you. I could have saved $32/night and we are staying three nights. That might not be much to some, but for us that’s a lot. I will DEFINATELY be using your site the next time we travel. Thanks for doing such great work on your site. It is impressive how you really have taken to heart some of the suggestions and feedback. Great job you guys.

  24. naoma foreman says:

    I NEVER stay at hotels. Only timeshares or rental apartments. Will not stay where animals are allowed — their smell remains after they have left and husband and I have allergies.

  25. LeAnn says:

    I just happened upon your site by total accident today–but I’m really glad I did! We are going on a cruise next month and I need to book a room for one night for my friends and I that is close to the airport we will be flying home from. Just so happens, you have a couple of great deals! I intend to snag one in just a moment. I read a lot of comments on here and just wanted to say that I’m impressed and great work!

    If you are by chance taking any suggestions (and this is by no means a criticism–just a “wish”), it would be so nice to have a little airplane or something that shows how close a hotel is to an airport. I love the map feature you have and it’s really easy to use (and I just happen to know where the airport is that we are going to because I travel there often)…I wish this feature were available on all travel sites, honestly! Would make things really easy for people who don’t know what area/suburb the airport they are using is close to. Sometimes there are more than one in a city, or the airport is actually out of town, but it is stated that it’s in town. Anyway, that’s my two cents! Great to see you up and running and doing well! Love the name!

  26. Tara says:

    Hi there,
    I am a member of travelpony and have been trying to book a hotel room in NYC for August. This is the first time I am using it and I can’t figure out how I can see what type of room I am booking. I need a room with a king bed or 2 double beds and I don’t see any way of seeing what type ofroom I am booking, am I to assume all rooms are meant to be just one queen bed?

  27. Dani says:

    @TARA: According to the guests information you provide, they select the best/cheapest option for you. When you press the button “Book it” on the right side, under Summary, you’ll see room’s info.

    Ex. If I choose 1 adult, after “Book it” they give me the fare for a Standard 1 bed room. If I change the info for 2 adults 2 children they give me the fare for a Standard 2 beds.

    If the selection doesn’t match your needs, you can always contact the help guys (email or phone) and they’ll assist you quickly en efficiently.

  28. Jonathan says:

    Linda – Unfortunately, we’re not yet connected to the Margaritaville in Gatlinburg. Hopefully we can get a partnership together soon tough! It seems like a great place to visit :)

    Beth – Thanks for the feedback on the Facebook signup. We’re really interested in how many friends a user has which is why we request that information. It’s helpful for security purposes, and we’ll never sell your data or bother any of your contacts. Email memberships are great too! The Facebook signup is really there for convenience.

    LeAnn – Thanks so much for that feedback. I have forwarded this note to our product team as it could enhance our UI. Any other thoughts are much appreciated :)

    Tara – Along with many other online travel sites, so we usually can only send bedding preferences in the form of 1 or 2 beds. That being said, shoot an email to support@travelpony.com with the hotel and dates and our team will do its best to confirm the exact accommodations you’ll receive.

    Thanks everyone and remember that we’ll answer urgent questions at support@travelpony.com.

  29. Johnny Hemmhorage says:

    Are there any discounted lodgings in Liberia or Lagos, Nigeria? I’m looking for a long-stay relaxing destination hotspot.

  30. Sam says:

    First time i’ve ever seen Liberia or Lagos described as a ‘a long-stay relaxing destination hotspot’.

    Truly hope it’s a genuine enquiry rather than a spammer, I do like unusual destinations!

  31. ula says:

    Hi. I like what I’m hearing about Travel Pony but my only concern is posting my travel business on Facebook. I don’t mind posting that I used Travel Pony but will the details of my booking show? I don’t care for the world to know my travel plan When I take vacations with my husband, we just get up and go. What would the post say?

  32. Dani says:

    ULA: Hi!, there are no details shared, you choose what to post and where (FB, Twitter, etc). They tell you to share your savings but you review and can edit before posting, so don’t worry.

  33. sahaj says:

    I read your post .Your website is really amazing to find a hotel in budget and also with the modern infrastructure.

  34. John says:

    This is great website to search a cheap hotel to stay.so i want to thank you for share this post.
    High quality modern hotel also in budget this great thing have you done.

  35. Joseph says:

    I thought I would give your website a try.
    Not sure why your website claims to be 10 to 70% cheaper than others when I looked at the Hilton on the park in Melbourne, your website wanted $260 inc taxes. I looked at Trivago and they wanted $189 inc taxes on the 28th Sept 2014 for 2 nights
    Can you take my details from facebook off your website please?
    I am not interested in using your company

  36. Jonathan says:

    Johnny – We’re not located in those destinations just yet, but hang tight and we will be soon!

    Joseph – I’m sorry to hear that you weren’t able to find a deal with us for that particular search. We do our best to update our prices frequently based on the best rate available. However, prices fluctuate quickly sometimes and there may be a short delay. If you wish us to delete your account, please shoot an email over to support@travelpony.com and we’ll be able to help you with that.

  37. Sue says:

    Just wanted to let you know how happy I have been with TravelPony! I am currently living overseas and have used TP to book two upscale hotels at unbelievable savings so far! We stayed at the Waldorf Astoria in Berlin and the Kempinski in Budapest. Friends joined us in Budapest and also stayed at the Kempinski — and paid $35 less than we did since they used my savings code to join. While the Kempinski gave me credit for staying there the Hilton did not because of the low rate. However they did give us a double upgrade due to our Hilton status — we were happy with that and paying far less than getting the points! No other travel website can compare!

  38. Archie says:

    This seems like a really neat idea; I just hope that users *do* use the site in the way it was intended and share the deals they find.

    That said, as is so often the case it seems that it is always the Americans who are most willing to jump into new technologies like this while those of us in Europe lag behind!

  39. Clif says:

    All reputable brands guarantee the lowest price for their rooms. No “go between” site can beat the brand web sites AND you will receive all the benefits from the brand (points, recognition, upgrades, etc.). I always use these sites like travelpony, expedia and kayak to shop in various cities. Then, when I find the hotel or flight that I like and the rate, I go to the brand site and book it at that price or even lower.

  40. John Gilmore says:

    I just saw your site referred to in sn online travel magazine and just needed to say. Reading the reviews I didn’t expect to see you with hotels in SAustralia but after checking found some great deals in Sydney and Melbourne.

    Will definitely be booking through your site when planning my next trip. Any chance you might extend the service to include serviced apartments as thwy are also a very popular form of travel accommodation, particularly for longer stays.

    Best of luck. Great site.

  41. Peter says:

    Hi, do you intend to expand to more Australian cities and towns in the near future?
    Cheers,
    Peter.

  42. Jonathan says:

    Hey everyone! Thanks so much for the kind words and feedback in regards to booking direct with hotels. There are definitely some benefits to working directly with the hotel, however most of the time, the hotel’s best rate guarantee doesn’t cover TravelPony’s prices because we’re considered a private membership website.

    I wanted to specifically reply to Peter’s question in regards to TravelPony adding more Australian hotels. The answer is: ABSOLUTELY. We’ve just scratched the surface in expansion in the Asian and Oceania. Our guys are working on the bigger cities right now, but we believe that the Australian market will be a focus over the coming months.

  43. tum says:

    I am sorry to be cynical, but I regularly book hotels online all over the world. For every booking, I would look at 20 websites minimum (because I do have the time!). Guess what, 95% of the time the hotel’s own web site is the cheapist or if you contact them direct they will offer a special deal not found elsewhere! Where the hotel does not have its own website thats when accomodation search sites come into their own.

  44. Alistair Lewis says:

    Hi Tum.
    I read your review. Glas YOU have the time….I do not. I am VERY happy for a site like TP to be in the mix trying their hardest to make my travel more cost-effective. Its called competition. Sites like TP keep the others more sharp also. So. Whether you use tP or not, their influence and prescence will help you regardless of your time to browse. Also. I do NOT resent a business making a dollar for themselves. Good grief. We all need to eat. And TP may just let ME eat a bit better. I am in Australia, but travel all over often. Too often…. But – I am definitely giving these guys a go…
    Cheers.
    Kindest regards,
    Alistair Lewis. Tasmania. Australia.

  45. Rozita Leoni says:

    I was in FB and saw your advertisement and have just finished reading through all the comments to date. Sounds like you are onto a winner. Your expedient, friendly, informative, honest prompt replies really help in this faceless society, unlike the exasperating non-response from FB. All the best for your future expansion/additional hotels. I particularly like your responses to suggestions and offer of email contact. Good job – well done. I’ll go over and sign up now.

  46. Don says:

    Hi

    I notice that the price quoted is in US dollars, Also there is no option for an overseas postcode to be entered when booking. I was unable to put my 4 digit Australian postcode, I just added a 0 and it accepted that. The site is good and I got a bargain but please be aware that there are overseas users. Ensure that the price is clearly stated in US dollars or if possible a local currency

  47. Andrew says:

    So…totally useless for Australia (unless your going to the US). So not sure why this would be in an Australian paper when there are so much better out there that is relevant.

  48. Renee-Ann says:

    I plan to travel to TX for a conference this fall, staying at the Hyatt Regency. To help with the cost, I’d love to use my Air Miles or Aeroplan points. Can I do that?

    Thanks!

  49. Jerry says:

    What we all must remember is that if a hotel room stays empty for a night,the property can never recover that income.Better to get something above their costs than nothing at all.
    Obviously the hotel’s actual cost for a night will vary from hotel to hotel and from season to season.

  50. john says:

    Thanks for the information about cheaper rates. This is really helpful to book hotels during vacation time within the budget.

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