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Posted: 6:00 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

New apps to save money on last-minute hotels

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By Clark Howard

If you're far from an advance planner, a couple of free apps could save you up to 35% on same day hotel bookings.

Tonight-Only Deals is part of the free Priceline Negotiator app. Unlike the normal Priceline thing, you know the name of the hotel before you book with Tonight-Only Deals. The app simply helps deliver what Priceline says will be up to 35 percent savings at the last minute.

Another app that offers similar last-minute booking deals is called HotelTonight. Again, you'll know the name of the place where you're going to stay. Visit to vet the hotels you're offered before you say "yes."

In addition to these 2 apps, so many websites can save you on hotels. One such site is a free members-only portal called

This site offers deals on profiled resorts, hotels and destinations and you have so many days to book. If you're a registered member, you can click on their calendar and it will show you what dates the special you're interested in will be available. That eliminates the frustration of calling a hotel up and finding there are blackout dates.

In addition, I like when I'm staying in one of the major metropolitan areas.

And then there are always the old standbys: If you are willing to book nonrefundable and not find out until after you book where you're staying, I get at least 80 or 90 percent of my bookings through Priceline and Hotwire. They save me a fortune. Just be sure to only bid for hotels that are 4 stars or higher. You're asking for it if you bid below 3 stars!

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