Travel website: Hotelwatchdog search engine rounds up hotel deals

Travel website: Hotelwatchdog search engine rounds up hotel deals
News from Paradise Post:

WHAT:, the source for hot airfare deals, has expanded into the hotel market with Hotelwatchdog ( It’s a hotel search engine that gives you a Top 20 list of hotels based on price, TripAdvisor ratings, and key attractions, restaurants and nightlife.

HITS: I love the Top 20 approach to search results. The prices are clear, and you don’t have to click through to a second page to see photos of the hotel. You also can click through to see the complete list of hotels. Even better, the search remains deal-focused; beneath each hotel name you’ll see stats such as, “This hotel’s price is 64 percent less than rates at other nearby, similar hotels” or “This hotel’s price is 21 percent off its 45-day historic average.”

MISSES: There’s a pop-up box in the lower right-hand side of the page that invites you to sign up for hotel value alerts by email. That’s fine, but even though I entered my email, the box continues to pop up with every page refresh. Annoying.


– Jen Leo, Los Angeles Times

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You like a hotel, it likes you back (with perks)
News from The Seattle Times:

These days it seems easier to get travel perks from Twitter and Instagram than from hotel and airline loyalty programs.

Travelers active on social networks have scored airport lounge passes, deals on hotel rooms, free drinks and late checkouts.

The more followers you have, the more robust your social media presence, the more alluring you are to hospitality brands. But the truth is that you don’t need to have legions of followers to be eligible for many of the perks being dangled today.

However, you do need to consider whether you want to do what’s required to receive those benefits. Often it means sacrificing privacy not only by broadcasting where you are or sharing a photo of yourself, but also by allowing a third-party site such as to have access to your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.

Also, be careful how frequently you’re posting content in exchange for a perk, or risk alienating followers who might begin to think of you as a brand’s mouthpiece. And one last caveat: It takes time to tweet and check-in frequently enough to earn significant rewards. Do you have that time to spare?

The answer may not be yes, but for many people, points and perks are an irresistible game. If you love to play, he…………… continues on The Seattle Times

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