Travel plans at the eleventh hour often leave us with no option than to book expensive tickets and hotels. On the other hand, hotel owners have unoccupied rooms they would love to offer at discounted prices. While quite a few startups are finding solutions to benefit both parties, here’s a mobile only product called ‘SavvyMob’ where you can find last minute hotel deals with a tap on your mobile.
Available for both android and iOS, SavvyMob was launched this April and offers services for 15+ cities in India with 125+ hotels on its platform. Founded by Bikram Sohal and Gappan Annamalai, the app claims to have deals that are ‘on an average 20-30% lower than the best available rates’. While users can take advantage of last minute deals, hotels can liquidate their unsold room inventories.
I downloaded the Android app and I must say its got a very simple and intuitive layout. Once you select your destination, the app pulls up all the hotel deals near that location. The deals are displayed neatly with visuals of the room and the discounted prices, under Featured, All and Ending categories. The deals under ‘Ending’ could get you the biggest discounts.
Alternatively, you can choose the search tool of SavvyMob. Type in a location or a hotel name, select check-in and check-out dates and slide through the price per night bar as per your budget. It starts from Re. 1 to Rs 50000 as the upper limit.
Once you find a deal you like, the app gives you more details on the hotel, the pricing, the amenities and attractions nearby. You can read through the user reviews or check out the average user rating. The app also provides icons to favourite the deal, recommend the deal or share it on email or social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
If you like what you see, click ‘select date & room’ and then ‘proceed to payment’. The app being quite new, doesn’t have user reviews for the hotel deals. The other glitch I faced was in the ‘How to get there’ button and the ‘Attractions nearby’ button, both of which did not work for some places.
You need to sign in to the app to buy the deals either through email or through your Facebook account. Profile lets you keep a tab on your favourites, purchases, friends, credits and more. SavvyMob lets you earn credits for inviting your friends to the app, which can be used while booking the hotel deals.
A handy app for frequent travellers
For folks who are always on the go, either for the love of travel or for frequent business trips, SavvyMob is a quick and convenient money-saver. Making space for it on your smartphone is highly recommended if you are the smart traveller looking for the best last minute deals on your hotel spends. The design is simple, navigation is smooth and it works instantly to get you the discounted last minute hotel prices at your fingertips.
However, SavvyMob could look into providing a better search experience. The search bar can incorporate some intelligent auto-filling feature that automatically suggests locations or hotel rooms based on what a user has started typing. A basic feature for all booking apps to have, it makes for a smoother user experience.
The social layer adds to its appeal in the age of social recommendations. With the addition of more cities and hotels offering the best deals, the app could very well be on its way to revolutionize the mobile travel booking industry. Its a win-win app for travellers as well as hotel owners in this mobile driven age.