DreamCheaper is like AutoSlash for hotels. It’s like what Yapta was supposed to be for airfares. It keeps checking the price of your hotel room, and helps you cancel and rebook when the price goes down.
Yapta was all about getting you refunds when airfares dropped. Airlines used to do that, remember? They’d issue you a voucher (you’d likely be on the hook for a change fee if you wanted an actual refund). Airlines tightened up those policies and now it’s mostly just frustrating to learn that the price of a ticket you booked went down.
AutoSlash will check your car rental prices and rebook, and I’ve had fantastic success with this. Originally you could book your initial reservation through AutoSlash, but the major car rental companies all stopped allowing AutoSlash to display their cars. Now you book your car somewhere else, give your reservation to AutoSlash, and they’ll save you money.
No doubt the hotel industry will find a way to crack down here. But for now, you forward your booking to hotel -at- dreamcheaper.com and they’ll track the price of your reservation for you. They charge you 20% of your savings.
I pinged DreamCheaper on how the booking process works (wanted to make sure customers don’t lose loyalty points and elite credit). This this TechCrunch piece suggests reservations are made directly through the chain.
Hi Gary! We’ll always rebook for you, so you don’t have to worry about anything. Hotel based loyalty points & credits will always be assigned to you, but booking platform-specific points may be lost. Simply ask yourself whether you prefer a cheaper price or loyalty points.
Indeed, if you had booked through Expedia, Orbitz, et al (and thus wouldn’t have earned points in a hotel’s loyalty program) you’ll give up points in the (more or less worthless) Expedia+ Rewards program or the (much better) Orbitz Rewards program.
But you’ll earn loyalty program points and elite status credit when re-booking through DreamChaser. Good to know!
(HT: Alan H.)