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How Useful Is Airfare Forecasting App Hopper’s New Hotel Search Feature?

Hopper — one of our favorite flight-booking and airfare prediction apps — is expanding in a big way.

As of this week, you can now book more than 270,000 hotels in over 200 countries and territories around the globe. And just as Hopper uses data aggregated from up to 15 billion airfare quotes per day to forecast when travelers will find the most affordable flights, the app is also promising to predict the best deals available for the hotels you want to book.

I tested out the new features to see how useful they are and, frankly, got mixed results. The hotel search feature is easy to use and delivers some solid deals, but it has some limitations. Generally, it seems more useful if you’re shopping around for the best rate than if you want to stay at a specific property.

First, some background: Hopper has been beta-testing the new features for over a year now, initially starting with hotels in New York. The hotels search function is available for iOS users … Read More

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