Pros / It’s easy to filter by location, so you can find hotels close to neighborhoods and attractions.
Cons / There’s no mobile app.
Verdict / This is a simple service for finding low-cost hotels, flights and rental cars, but it doesn’t have a rewards program.
GetCheapHotels is a useful, no-frills option for budget travelers. In addition to hotels, you can book flights, cars and combinations of those three. You can also get last-minute deals for hotels at your destination.
As a hotel booking service, GetCheapHotels is pretty basic. The search fits all the criteria we find important when searching for hotels. You can sort hotels by star rating, guest rating, price and distance. The distance sort is particularly useful because it lists attractions, metro stations, and airports. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you can find a hotel that keeps you close to the things you’re visiting.
You can filter the results by star rating, hotel name and various amenities such as free breakfast, Wi-Fi or swimming pool. The price slider lets you establish a price range and see the hotels that fit your parameters.
While the search is nice, GetCheapHotels is pretty bare-bones when it comes to other things. There’s no mobile app with this service. And it doesn’t offer a price match, so if you find a lower price you won’t be able to get reimbursed. You also won’t get notifications if the price drops before your stay.
Another thing we noticed as we used GetCheapHotels is that many of the hotels you can book don’t provide an option to pay when you get there. Most require you to pay a deposit, which was something we didn’t see very often with the others we reviewed.
Combining flights, hotels and car rentals is simple: You just need to specify the airport you’re leaving from, your destination and how many people are traveling, and the service does the rest. It does offer less flexibility than some others when choosing hotels, as the flights and hotels come bundled together. But by doing this you can save quite a bit.
One of the biggest drawbacks of GetCheapHotels is that it doesn’t offer a rewards program. You can create an account and get access to members-only pricing, but there are no other benefits. A rewards program gives frequent travelers an opportunity to earn points toward free stays and earn other benefits like free concierge service. If you’re a frequent traveler you may want to look for a booking service that has a strong rewards program like Orbitz or Hotels.com.
GetCheapHotels is easy to use and has a lot of ways to filter and find the best hotels for you. Many of its hotels require deposits, however, and it doesn’t have much in the way of a rewards program.