Would you tweet for a hotel reservation? (Photo: Stayful)
Booking a hotel has never been easier than it is right now. There is an abundance of apps and services that make finding and paying for a room a breeze.
But what if it got even easier? What if you could simply tweet your hotel request and have it magically booked for you?
One company is giving that a shot.
In time for the upcoming holiday season, Stayful.com, an online hotel bidding and booking service, has launched a new mobile travel service — TweetStay.
To use TweetStay, mobile users tweet a hotel request up to 30 days before their stay to @Stayful using the hashtag #tweetstay, and the booking service will negotiate the price — in real time — with an independent, boutique hotel in one of the cities Stayful serves.
Currently, it serves Boston, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans, Houston, Orlando, Miami, and many more.
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“Hotels want to make sure they book all their rooms, and travelers want a great deal,” said Stayful co-founder and CEO Cheryl Rosner, who launched Stayful’s online bidding and booking service last year. “Since we negotiate prices behind the scenes in real time, we can offer TweetStay customers a better price than they can find online.”
So what exactly do you say in this tweet?
In 140 characters or less, you add your destination city, what kind of hotel you’re seeking (budget, midprice, or premium), arrival date, and how many nights you’d like to book.
Stayful handles all of the negotiations behind the scenes.
We love the idea in theory, but we’re still waiting to see how the implementation plays out.
Do folks want to put their travel plans up on Twitter? Is tweeting a request really any easier than just inputting your needs into an app?