Travel can be expensive enough when you factor in booking your plane tickets but once you add in the hotels, rental car, and activities you could be in for more than you’ve budgeted for. I know this can make some people hesitant about planning their own trip and even put a stop to overseas holiday plans altogether.
Recently, though, I learnt about something I hadn’t tried before, an app called FinalPrice .
I’m currently planning a family holiday for August next year and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to test out FinalPrice. I have my sister and brother coming for the first four weeks and then my brother-in-law meeting us in the last three weeks. We also have my sister’s new baby along for the trip for the very first time. All of these more different room configurations can prove to be quite difficult when booking so this is going to be a real challenge!
How does FinalPrice work?
FinalPrice is a new and unique app to book your hotels, flights and rental cars. The app is very similar to other popular apps like Expedia, Trip Advisor and Booking.com. Spoiler Alert - their pricing can be considerably less than the others.
They have two options during your checkout. You can checkout for free and take 50% of the public price discount or if your savings are more than $99 or you plan on traveling a lot in the next year, you can upgrade to the unlimited savings plan for $99 a year and take 100% of the discount.
- Book for ten travellers on one account
- Can share subscription with friends and family
- Full flexibility is included in the booking process (including pay now, pay later, breakfast, no breakfast, and all room types)
- All transactions are handled on the app so you don’t get any annoying redirects or popups to different sites
- Curated Recommendation engine
- Filter out the brand you want to book at (ie Westin, Intercontinental, Hyatt, etc)
- You get your frequent flyer or rewards program points
- Money back guarantee - if you don't earn your subscription fee back in savings in your first year, you will be refunded the difference
Comparing FinalPrice with Trip Advisor
Generally, I like to use Trip Advisor as a comparison since I can see reviews alongside while getting a ballpark amount and then will always check prices with HotelsCombined.com. HotelsCombined is a great aggregator and nine times out of ten finds me the best price.
For this review, I used the free version of the FinalPrice app. While using the free version, any savings that FinalPrice finds are halved so they keep 50%. You also don’t have access to the Flight and Car Rental modules of the app. It’s up to you whether the savings are worth paying the $99 subscription fee but hopefully, this review will help you make your mind up.
So, how did FinalPrice stack up against my favourites?
I chose five hotels amongst the different cities we plan to visit and did a direct comparison of the lowest prices that I could find through each option.
Out of all five options, FinalPrice was always the cheapest. Sometimes it was by a few dollars and for one option, I saved $211! If I tallied up my total spend and compared it to what I would have paid had I only used TripAdvisor, I would have saved $562.
All prices are in USD
What I like about FinalPrice
- Separate sections including Top Rated, Big Savings, and Best 4 & 5 Star to help you quickly find what best suits you
- Hotel ratings are front and centre to help with your comparison
- You can see hotels on a map view
- Great range of hotels in big cities and smaller towns
- Friends and family sharing - no more sneaky sharing of logins!
- Interface is very straightforward and intuitive. I even got my mum to try it out and she had no issues navigating the different options.
I’m very impressed with the savings available through the app and would definitely recommend you check it out. It seems like the savings are larger when you’re spending more on a hotel so if you’re looking to spend less than $100 then you might not see as big a discount. The best part is though, that you are will be refunded the difference in your subscription fee if you don’t save more than $99 so it’s really win-win.
Head over to FinalPrice for more information and to check it out for yourself. Use the promo code INLANTON to get a $20 credit so you can save even more.
Let me know in the comments if you would give something like this a try and what you think about the service.
This is a sponsored post brought to you by FinalPrice. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.