Hotel booking apps are now a dominant source of bookings for accommodation providers, with travellers booking their trips online more often than not. Travellers can spend up to 12 weeks researching their trip and may visit up to 38 websites before they complete a purchase.

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Given the online travel industry generated revenue worth $667.55 billion in 2023, booking apps are where the money is – as well as your own hotel website.

Being present on the best and most popular booking apps will help your hotel become a consideration for travellers as they prepare to book their stays.

The wider you cast your net, the better too. If you use a solution such as a channel manager, you can list your inventory on as many booking apps as you want with no risk of double bookings or inaccurate inventory.

List of popular hotel booking and travel apps

As we know, travellers are very resourceful. They look high and low, using many different apps and websites to find the best deals, value, and experiences for their stays. However there are also many different traveller profiles – who all have unique needs. This is another reason why it pays to be advertising on a range of travel apps.

Cheapest hotel app

There’s really no definitive ‘cheapest’ hotel app, since budget hotels and affordable accommodations can be found on all apps. Of course, there are specific examples such as HostelWorld which offers hostels exclusively, a generally cheaper type of accommodation. is another channel renowned for having cheap accommodation available.

Travellers might also use metasearch apps like Trivago, or local apps such as Australia’s Wotif, to discover properties at lower prices and easily compare their options.

Discount hotel app

Plenty of hotel apps might offer exclusive discounts or deals, or make it easier for travellers to survey the best options available to them.

Hopper is a fast-growing mobile travel app that offers plenty of personalised deals to users, while Kayak is another strong metasearch option.

Last minute hotel booking app

The very appropriately named is one of the most popular options for travellers looking to secure hotel rooms at short notice, finding good deals in real-time.

HotelTonight is a similar app that is also used a lot for last minute bookings, while Hotwire is slightly less popular but also advertises last minute deals.

RedDoorz hotel booking app

RedDoorz is a popular hotel booking app across hot asian destinations such as Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

Members of RedDoorz can enjoy special offers and deals, while hotels listing on the platform will have access to highly focused and motivated travellers searching for accommodation in these regions.

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