The service currently covers cities across 10 countries in Asia-Pacific but, until now, users were only able to book one night of accommodation using the same-day booking system. That has now expanded, albeit at a cost. While same-day bookings remain cheaper than the list price, additional days booked in advance are charged at a standard (read: more expensive) rate.
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The lack of discount for multiple nights is down to the business model that HotelQuickly, and others, use. Same-day bookings are heavily discounted because a hotel is selling off unused inventory, and is prepared to sell a room at a lower margin rather than leave it unoccupied for a night.
Booking in advanced is entirely different since hotels can sell for regular prices since there is no pressure to fill rooms immediately. HotelQuickly says its multi-night prices are on a par with those offered by Expedia, Agoda and others.
“Booking separately will save money, but the new addition brings more convenience and was much requested,” says CEO Tomas Laboutka, who claims that there’s “little reason” to ever visit traditional travel sites to book hotels thanks to services like HotelQuickly.
The iOS and Android app launched in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia back in March, offering its users discounted hotel rooms for last-minute bookings. It then expanded in five more countries, including Australia and New Zealand last month, and added a Blackberry 10 app.
If you’re based in Asia, regularly travel across the continent or are visiting on holiday and keen to keep your accommodation plans open, HotelQuickly might just be worth a look.
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