The online travel booking site, TravelWeb, has announced that it will offer a weekly hotel discount programme which lets travellers take advantage of last-minute room rates.
The programme, called Click-it! Weekends, will allow users who log onto the TravelWeb site at http://www.travelweb.com to reserve rooms at the lowest published rates for the coming weekend. Rates are available on the site beginning Monday for the weekend days of Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. Some of the rates run as low as US$60, officials say.
Site visitors will also have the option of receiving a weekly email update of rates and availability for certain hotels, according to TravelWeb.
The first hotels to participate in the programme are Hyatt Hotels and ITT Sheraton. Hotels benefit from the Click-it! scheme because otherwise these rooms may remain empty over the weekend, officials say. More hotel chains will be added in early 1997.
TravelWeb has been offering do-it-yourself hotel booking services since the beginning of 1996, but has not offered a last-minute, discount service until now, officials say. The Web site also offers airline booking services and will add car rental reservations by the end of the year.