New Year’s Eve often reveals two types of travelers: those desperately seeking a last minute hotel room, and those stuck with a non-refundable hotel room due to an unexpected change of plans. The solution for both? Roomer (www.roomertravel.com ), the newly-launched website designed to connect people who would be stuck paying for an empty hotel room with the travelers looking for a great hotel deal.
Created to reduce the billions of dollars lost each year by people who, for whatever reason, had to cancel their non-refundable hotel reservations, Roomer has been likened to the “StubHub” of the travel industry, providing a marketplace where people who need to cancel their reservations can connect with those looking to secure one.
How it works: Say you booked a room that comes with a mandatory cancellation fee of $500. (After all, who really anticipates ever needing to cancel a trip? But once in a blue moon, it happens.) Until now, you’d be out that $500. However, with Roomer, you can post your reservation for sale and set your price for the room. Even if you sell it for $250, you’ve still recouped half your money. On the flip side, bargain hunters or spontaneous travelers can score huge discounts on great hotel rooms. Ultimately, when booking a hotel room on Roomer, you’re not only getting the best price, you’re also helping someone out. That’s good karma.
For New Year’s Eve, a sampling of Roomer’s hotel deals in popular US cities and exotic international locations includes:
- New York, New York from December 30th – January 1(multiple options ranging from $69 – $662 per night) https://www.roomertravel.com/rooms/New-York–NY–USA/dates/2013-12-30,2014-01-01
- Miami, Florida from December 30th – January 5th https://www.roomertravel.com/hotels/miami-hotels/quality-inn-south-at-the-falls/73221
- Quality Inn South At The Falls for $75 / night
- Boston, Massachusetts from December 30th – January 1st https://www.roomertravel.com/hotels/somerville-hotels/la-quinta-inn-suites-boston-somerville/191488
- La Quinta Inn & Suites Boston Somerville for $86 / night
- Hotel Indigo Chicago Downtown Gold Coast for $109 / night – 43% discount!
- Novotel Sydney Olympic Park for $125 / night – 50% discount!
- Chicago, Illinois for December 31st – January 1st https://www.roomertravel.com/hotels/chicago-hotels/hotel-indigo-chicago-downtown-gold-coast/553558
- Sydney, Australia from December 30th – January 5th https://www.roomertravel.com/hotels/sydney-olympic-park-hotels/novotel-sydney-olympic-park/295994