Travelocity challenges Hotwire for blind-booking hotels Travelocity says you'll save up to 45 percent off upscale hotels with its new service Top Secret Hotels. Budget Travel Monday, Mar 22, 2010, 1:38 PM Budget Travel LLC, 2016

Budget Travel's Blog

The latest travel news, vacation tips & advice, travel apps, and more

mar 22 2010

Travelocity challenges Hotwire for blind-booking hotels

Hotwire's blind-booking service for hotels—in which you don't find out precisely where in town you'll be staying until your credit card is charged—isn't for everyone. But as flexible travelers, we're fans of using the site, which is owned by Expedia.

Today Travelocity launched a rival service: Top Secret Hotels. The company says travelers will save up to 45 percent off the retail rates for upscale hotels.

Priceline offers a similar service, of course, using a bidding system in which you name-your-own-price.

The trade-off with all of these services is that your hotel's location will be something of a surprise. But in many big cities, it doesn't really matter which neighborhood you're staying in, because you're hopping all over town sightseeing anyway.


Travelocity's Top Secret Hotels

Think you know Priceline?

Is Hotwire a safe bet for European hotel bargains?

Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.


Loading Comments...

Our newsletter delivers vacation inspiration straight to your inbox.

Check Prices