Note: This post is sponsored by SnapTravel, but all views and opinions are my own.
Do you travel for business frequently? I know many Go to Travel Gal readers travel not only for leisure but as entrepreneurs, sales people and in many other roles for their jobs, as well. That can be a great way to earn lots of frequent flier miles!
If you’re in charge of booking your own business travel accommodations or prefer to handle it yourself, I’ve found a really cool way that can save you time, money and earn you more rewards for future leisure stays. It’s called SnapTravel.
SnapTravel is a new service (Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors recently invested :)) that aims to change the way travel is booked by making it as easy as possible.
How? The service lets travelers check hotel rates and book hotels over text, Facebook messenger and other instant messaging services like Slack and even Alexa. No app required; it’s just like you’re texting a friend!
SnapTravel also says it offers the highest percentage of money back in rewards (which they call credits) for your company’s spend on hotel stays compared to any other major hotel rewards programs, allowing you to use those credits for future personal stays … bonus!
And it also comes with other benefits like 30 to 50% lower rates than you’ll find on other comparison sites like Hotels.com and Expedia. They are able to offer these lower rates, because staff say they have spent the past few years building relationships with hotels that allow them to offer a special secret price over text.
How SnapTravel’s Business Rewards Program Works
When you use SnapTravel’s business travel program, you have the opportunity to earn between 15% and 35% of your spend BACK in the form of a travel credit.
SnapTravel credits are each worth $1 and can be redeemed on ANY future booking with no black-out dates.
Use them in full or in part whenever you like for ANY type of travel. You’ll receive your credits within 24 hours of check-out.
Want to earn hotel points? The company boasts that it is the best business travel program. Compared with other loyalty programs, SnapTravel offers the highest return on your spend in terms of reward points.
Hotels.com and Expedia.com also have rewards programs, but according to TravelCodex, Hotels.com grants travelers 10% to 14% back on their spend, while Expedia offers just less than 10% to just more than 1% back.
When it comes to hotel loyalty programs, Hilton, for example, according to TravelCodex, offers only a 4% to 8% return on your spend with rewards.
Plus, with SnapTravel, you can use your credits to book any hotel, any time, whereas with hotel loyalty programs, you’re limited to only hotels within that brand’s portfolio, and some dates may not be available. Reminds me a bit of Southwest compared to the other airlines :).
To earn credits on your stay, though, you will pay a higher rate to SnapTravel, which varies based on the hotel (you’ll see it listed as the Business Traveler Package when you open the hotel results they send you via text or Messenger and look at the rates), but usually you’ll get more than the monetary value in the SnapTravel credits than the difference you’re paying.
So if you’re expensing the charge for your business travel (ie it’s not coming out of your own pocket but your company’s), it allows you to earn a return on business travel for which you’re not even paying :).
Other Benefits of SnapTravel Business
In addition to the ease of booking via text or Messenger, SnapTravel also has some other great benefits.
1. Free Upgrades
SnapTravel reps will call your hotel to negotiate a FREE upgrade, which could include a better view, larger room or late check-out, if any are available. Yea!
2. Smoother Check-in
When they’re calling the property in advance, they also help eliminate any potential check-in errors to ensure your check-in goes as smoothly and quickly as possible.
3. 24/7 Priority Service
And if you have questions about your reservation, no need to sit on hold for hours. Simply text them anytime!
4. Ease of Expensing
SnapTravel also integrates with many expensing systems like Expensify, Certify and Nexonia.
They also have more perks coming soon, like free Uber rides and no-charge cancellation.
Next, let’s break down exactly how SnapTravel works.
How to Use SnapTravel
1. Start by navigating to SnapTravel.com.
2. Enter a city or hotel, dates of travel and number of guests as shown below.
3. Shown in the image above, select “Get Deal on Messenger” (which opens Facebook Messenger in your computer or phone’s browser) or “Get Deals on SMS,” which will send you the deals via text.
4. For SMS, you’ll be prompted to enter your mobile phone number and then click Send.
5. Your results are instantly sent to you via a link to Facebook Messenger or via text.
6. Click the link to view your results as shown below.
The results show you the price currently posted on comparison sites like Booking.com, Hotels.com, etc. compared with the price offered by SnapTravel.
7. Click on a result to see more details and the monetary value of the business travel credit you’ll receive listed in purple font under the Business Traveler Package option shown below.
Choose your room type and click Reserve. Be sure to make a note if the rate is or is not refundable.
8. Enter your contact information and payment details and then select Complete Booking.
Note: When you book with SnapTravel, because you are getting discounted rates, you will not be able to earn hotel loyalty points, as is the case with any comparison site like Expedia, Hotels.com, etc. But, they WILL add your loyalty account number to your booking, so that the property is more likely to honor your status and you can receive any associated benefits.
Is SnapTravel Legit?
Absolutely! As I mentioned, Curry, as well as many other tech entrepreneurs have invested in this forward-thinking company. And it’s actually been around since 2016, helping more than 2 million people book hassle-free business travel and personal accommodations to date. I highly recommend you give it a try and see what you think!
You can begin your hotel research and booking right here.