HotelQuickly has doubled its last minute booking window from one to two days. Previously travellers could only book rooms through the ‘last minute app’ on the day of travel. The new version of the app will be available today on iOS, Android, and BlackBerry 10. Founder Christian Mischler said the decision to extend was based on user feedback.
“Many told us that when they travel internationally, they don’t want to take the risk of not having a hotel available or only finding an overpriced one,” he said.
“Further, many airports still don’t offer free wifi access, which would require international travelers to either turn on data roaming (expensive), pay for wifi, or find free wifi somewhere – which is too much of a hassle.
“If they fly out of their home country before 8am, they would therefore choose not to book with us, but book with an OTA.
“This was already the reason why we extended our booking window from initially 12pm to 8am in the morning – and we registered a lot more bookings due to this change.”
He said HotelQuickly is in rapid expansion mode.
“We have more than 2500 partner hotels across 12 countries and we’re growing fast on that front.
“Most of our focus has been on adding more destinations to the app, currently we cover more than 100 already.
“This will continue to be our focus; new countries will likely be added later in the year.”