It’s an idea that’s been around for a while now, but Travel Pony seems to have hit the nail squarely on the head. What’s the idea?
It’s pretty simple to explain but hard to execute.
Use the power of social media to advertise your project and pass the savings on advertising and promotion on to the customers.
Travel Pony started showing up on my radar last year when a few friends who travel more than I do began sharing their savings on Facebook – at first I ignored it as the kind of advertising that Facebook has been shoving down our throats lately, but then- after seeing it from more than a few reputable travelers – I decided that I better check it out.
Here’s the thing – anyone can claim they get cheaper results – but it’s something else to actually back up your talk with prices. Let’s see how they do when compared to Expedia, Vagobond Hotel Engine, and Travel Pony. For search criteria I simply entered three favorite hotels in different cities for the night of 25 Feb, 2014.
Paris, France – >Renaissance Paris Hotel La Defense
Travel Pony $166 – Travel Pony wins.
Portland, Oregon, USA – > Jupiter Hotel
Travel Pony $99 – Travel Pony wins again.
Singapore – > River View Hotel
Expedia – $157 – On this one, Expedia won it by $5 with a special deal
Travel Pony $162
Travel Pony won two out of three in my field testing. Now, what about the service? Travel Pony has a great cancellation policy, an easy to use map interface, and you can use your Facebook account to login. It’s that simple…
Now, one thing to keep in mind is that this isn’t an ultra budget hotel or hostel site, so if you are looking for the cheapest place to stay – it may not be listed on Travel Pony, also since they are a new player in the market, they may not have the hotel of choice you want listed. Still, it’s definitely worth looking to see what you can find on Travel Pony.
In short, I like it and that’s why I’m writing about it. Travel Pony is definitely one of the top places I recommend to find great deals on hotels. Now it’s your turn – what do you think? Give it a shot at