FinalPrice Review: The subscription based booking app for travel

Subscription services are extremely popular. Some subscription services like NetFlix offer convenience while others give us exactly what we are looking for. Some may even surprise us with new things regularly. Although there aren’t many subscription-based services in the travel industry, FinalPrice is a new subscription-based travel app that saves travelers money when booking airfare, hotels and car rentals.

While most OTA (online travel agents) add hidden fees and cache their prices, FinalPrice dares to be transparent by offering users real-time pricing. Essentially they pass on their savings and discounts to their users. And even if you’re a free user, you’ll get access to FinalPrice’s lower prices!

FinalPrice is currently available on iOS devices but if you’re interested in being added to the “interest list”, you can sign up and get a notification as soon as the Android app is live.

 

FinalPrice App

Our Price Is Your Price

 

How It Works

Unlike other traditional travel sites like Expedia and Travelocity, FinalPrice doesn’t take hidden commissions when booking reservations.

Instead of making money on every sale, FinalPrice charges its members a flat fee of $99 USD a year to access their discounted inventory. The app currently lists 750+ airlines, one million hotels, and 40 car rental companies worldwide.

The good news is that you don’t need to be a member to take advantage of FinalPrice’s perks. The app recently opened up the free user experience where users can browse and book hotels (only) for free while splitting discounts 50/50 with FinalPrice – paid subscribers get access to the full discount. The free user experience is a great way to try the app without having to commit up front. All you will need to sign in is your email address or phone number.

It’s important to note that if you book 3 days or more through the app, your odds of saving more than $99 USD (the membership subscription) is extremely likely. In other words, the more you use the app, the more likely the savings and discounts will pay for itself.

Sign up for the 7-day trial and if it’s not the right fit, feel free to cancel anytime.

With the goal of being the “Amazon Prime of Travel”, FinalPrice cuts out the middleman and aims to offer the lowest prices by passing along 100% of the “wholesale” price to its subscribers. In other words, the annual subscription service is the only way the app makes money so they can afford to return commissions to you via discounts or cashback.

 

Discount vs. Cashback Booking

Discounts are immediately applied to your bill at checkout when you pay for a hotel up front. Discounts are usually substantial at 4+ star hotels and resorts.

On the other hand, with cashback you pay full price when booking and cashback is later applied after your stay. Cashback is real money that you can either use for your next booking or cash out via PayPal.

 

Related: Whiskr Review: Using Big Data To Find Flight Deals

 

Membership Benefits

With a FinalPrice membership, you can book travel for up to ten travelers and share your subscription (and savings) with your family and friends.  

Expect to save between $5 USD to $100 USD per night on hotels with no blackout dates and the flexibility to pay now, later, breakfast and access to all room types. On average, flights are 10%-15% cheaper. And with car rentals, you get extras like full coverage valued at $17 USD per day.

For help updating or changing travel plans, access the customer service support team 24/7 via Facebook Messenger, Twitter or WhatsApp. As a leading mobile travel app, FinalPrice takes pride in their fast response times and they are working on adding even more social messaging features within the app.

 

Comparing Hotels

Since I was recently planning a trip to Dublin, I used FinalPrice to compare hotel rates I found on TripAdvisor.

After inputting my destination, travel dates and the number of guests, my results gave me two options: “swipe on top to browse for collections” or “wipe on the bottom to browse for hotels”.

 

The app’s easy to use slider arranged the hotels in categories like “big savings”, “favorites”, “top rated” and “value for money”. There are no blackout dates and you can filter by free cancellation, pay at hotel and breakfast included or select amenities you want like star rating, fitness center, room-types, club levels, free wi-fi, and pet-friendly.

As you scroll to the right, prices increase.

 

In-App Hotel View

Hotel listings display photos of the hotel, a description of the hotel, check-in times, and how many room types are currently available for your dates. You can also read reviews, view amenities or locate the hotel on the app.

The map view was clear and easy to use where you can intuitively zoom in and out or filter. You can even see bus stops and train stations on the map.

Here are a few examples of the price differences I saw when searching for hotels in Dublin.

 

Abbey Court Dublin

FinalPrice: $97 USD with cashback – Lowest Price

Expedia: $104 USD

Travelocity: $104 USD

Hotels.com: $104 USD

Booking.com: $120 USD

 

Jurys Inn Dublin Parnell Street

Hotels.com: $76 USD – Lowest Price

FinalPrice: $77 USD with cashback

Expedia: $86 USD

Booking.com: $86 USD

 

Harding Hotel

FinalPrice: $57 USD with cashback – Lowest Price

Booking.com: $86 USD

Expedia: $86 USD

 

During my search for hotels in Dublin, FinalPrice was considerably cheaper than other booking websites. I also saw substantial savings at higher-end hotels for example when FinalPrice quoted $186 USD/night vs. Booking.com $376 USD/night!

 

Final Thoughts

Overall, FinalPrice offers a ton of membership perks but even if you aren’t a subscriber, you can use the app as a comparison tool for finding the best rates. Since FinalPrice is easy to use and leverages its direct relationship with travel brands to offer lower prices, it’s worth browsing through when looking to make airfare, hotel and car rental reservations.

However, in the future, I’d like to see the app add a direct phone line and faster search capabilities. It seems like the app takes a long time to calculate results. Also, there’s currently no way to share a direct link to a listing via text message or on social media.

Nevertheless, I’m excited to see what’s in store for FinalPrice and I look forward to seeing how it saves travelers more money towards travel in the future

 

This a collaborative post with FinalPrice, all opinions are my own.

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