I Save an Average of $150 a Night on Hotel Bookings with Tripadvisor Plus

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When the pandemic hit, I was living in a tiny bedroom in a three-room apartment in downtown Manhattan. Despite being in a tres fancy neighborhood, the apartment was nothing special—my room barely fit my bed, a small dresser and a miniscule nightstand—but I loved it. In May 2020, I made the tough decision to move out, as it was becoming increasingly clear that the world wouldn’t be returning to normal anytime soon. I knew that working from my itty-bitty bedroom with two roommates and shockingly thin walls wouldn’t be great, and I was lucky enough to move back in with my parents an hour outside the city.

Cut to around six months ago. I was fully vaccinated and eager to start seeing people again, but after a couple nights out in the city followed by either long, harshly lit Metro-North rides or disgustingly expensive Ubers home, I decided it wasn’t sustainable to commute into the city just for dinner and drinks.

But Sarah, you might be thinking, couldn’t you just crash on friends’ couches? Why yes I could, dear reader, but I have always hated sleepovers. (I was the kid whose mom came to pick them up from slumber parties at midnight.) I wanted hotels, baby, but as a person who still sorts everything from least to most expensive when online shopping, frequently dropping hundreds of dollars on tiny Manhattan hotel rooms was off the table.

Enter Tripadvisor Plus, a new-ish annual subscription that helps consumers save big on hotels, flights, experiences and more for just $99 a year. I was gifted a yearlong membership but will happily put down my own credit card when the year is up.

Here are some of the perks:

  • Member-only prices and perks on hundreds of thousands of hotels around the world(Most members recover the annual fee on their very first trip, just like I did.)
  • Savings on flights booked through the service.
  • Deals on more than 400,000 experiences like private boats and sunset cruises, private tours, museums, theme parks and more. 
  • 25 percent off Hertz rental cars and a complimentary year of Five Star Elite Status, plus a waived Young Renter fee for people under 25.
  • Access to a personal travel concierge via Tripadvisor Text

I don’t see myself booking a flight through Tripadvisor Plus, since I do that through my credit card for points’ sake (and my inability to drive renders the Hertz deal obsolete), but boy have I taken advantage of the hotel savings. For my first booking, I paid $144 for a room that normally goes for $285 (almost 50 percent off, folks). If I had paid the $99 for the membership, that one night would’ve made the yearly fee worth it. I’ve since saved an average of $150 per night on hotels all over the city. That’s another added bonus—I’ve been able to try out different hotels in a place where, prior to this year, I had never once stayed in a hotel. If you’re skeptical, you can even sign up for a membership and cancel—money back guaranteed—after 90 days.

Am I looking forward to moving back into the city and therefore not needing to stay in hotels to hang out with my friends? You bet I am, but I’m also eager to continue using Tripadvisor Plus for travel outside of this little NYC bubble. A night at Faena in Miami Beach for $360 (versus the usual $765), perhaps?

sarah stiefvater

Wellness Director

Sarah Stiefvater is PureWow's Wellness Director. She's been at PureWow for ten years, and in that time has written and edited stories across all categories, but currently focuses...