Use ‘Hotwire’ to Save on Hotels

We just booked a flight from Casablanca to Tenerife with a 17 hour layover in Lisbon. The long layover made for a cheap flight, and Lisbon is one of the great cities in the world so we were actually looking forward to arriving at 4:00 pm and flying out at 9:00 am the next morning. I scored a 4 star hotel there on ‘Hotwire‘ for just over a hundred bucks.

I wrote before on how to save money money on booking hotels through ‘Hotwire‘, but I thought I’d break it down if you’re new to the platform.

How Hotwire Works

Searching for hotels in Madrid, Spain

Searching for hotels in hotwire will not always give you specific hotels, but they will group hotel stays by region within cities. In the map above, you’ll see polygons that denote ‘where’ your hotel will be, and clicking on that shape will ensure you purchase a hotel in that area, often 50% off its original price. High end hotels like this as they save face on lowering their prices without advertising them and rent rooms at rock bottom prices.

The downside is that you’ll never which hotel you’ll get until after you book which some people find off-putting. However, search queries will state that you’re guaranteed one of the aforementioned hotels (usually from a list of 4 or 5) but if you’re happy with your options, pull the trigger on this modern day version of hotel Russian roulette.

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