Five new tools that will help you get the room you want at the lowest possible price.
For the Haggler: Stayful (Free; iOS)
You decide what to pay with this smart take on the Priceline model that offers bid suggestions in real time, based on a property’s lowest listed price. Unlike some of its competitors, Stayful lets you review the fine print before you commit to any deal. We especially love its boutique inventory and solid last-minute deals. Top Find: 20 percent off at the Crescent Hotel Beverly Hills.
For the Indecisive Shopper: Worldmate (Free; Android, iOS)
Say farewell to buyer’s remorse: this all-in-one travel organizer now sends price- drop alerts for any refundable booking you forward to email@example.com. It will also send counteroffers if better rates pop up at similar hotels in the area—or if you can upgrade to a better hotel for less money. Top Find: 33 percent off at the Hotel Allegro, a Kimpton property in Chicago.
For the Loyalist: StayAtHand (Free; iOS)
Booking with most apps means choosing savings over loyalty points. This search tool collects deals directly from hotels so you can rack up rewards from each booking. A smart interfacealso lets you comparison shop based on customizable search parameters like “five-star hotels in Hawaii this summer” or “hotels under $300.” Top Find: 25 percent off at the Grand Wailea, in Maui.
For the Bargain Hunter: HotelPower (Web only)
Sign up for this site’s Travel Club, and you’ll find discounts that reach up to 70 percent, even at properties that rarely ever discount (like Four Seasons). Membership is $50 a year and can pay for itself in a single booking—as long as you have the patience to scroll through a somewhat cumbersome interface. Top Find: 56 percent off at New York City’s JW Marriott.
For the Social Media Influencer: Hotelied (Web only)
Sync your Facebook, Twitter, and other social media profiles to this service, and you can save up to 50 percent on luxury rooms in 36 cities. How it works: Hotelied gathers promotions from hotels targeting specific types of guests (say, popular Instagram users, or people who work in fashion) and then matches travelers with the relevant deals—without ever sharing their personal details. Top Find: 40 percent off at the Metropolitan by Como, in Miami.