Finding the best deal for a hotel rate is a constant battle for all travelers. That process is now becoming easier, say the developers of Scout, a new travel shopping tool, that instantly notifies users if a lower rate is available when viewing room pricing on the most popular travel sites. Scout is part of Room Key, a popular hotel-booking search engine.
"We launched Scout because we know that travelers today are confused by where to find the best hotel deal. Since nearly every travel site claims to have the lowest price, consumers visit six to eight travel sites before booking, but are often still left wondering whether they found the best deal," says Room Key CEO Steve Sickel.
Scout automatically notifies travelers of these "hotel-direct" rates while they search using their favorite travel site, Sickel said.
"Shopping each hotel site for every destination can be overwhelming, but the savviest travelers know the secret to getting lower rates is usually to book directly with the hotel for rates not shared with other travel sites.
Scout can be installed for free at roomkey.com/scout and activates only when a user views a hotel on popular travel sites such as Expedia, Priceline or Booking.com. Scout then instantly begins "scouting" for lower prices for the same hotel and date. When it finds a lower rate, Scout immediately notifies the user along with a button to book it.
Scout searches for lower rates for 60 of the world's most popular hotel chains, according to Sickel.