Turning 18 is a big event that calls for a celebration. This month, Hotwire turns 18 and the leading discount travel site is celebrating. However, just because Hotwire offers killer deals doesn’t mean you have to give up on quality or luxury. In fact, you can book 4-star hotels at 2-star prices with Hotwire’s Hot Rate Hotels. I’m all about celebrations, so I decided to book a “staycation” weekend in Dallas.

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I used my Hotwire.com account to book a staycation in Dallas. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

Booking on Hotwire

Hotwire launched in 2000 as one of the first online travel sites to work directly with suppliers to book unsold inventory. While you can book the precise hotel you want on Hotwire, you get the best deals when you book one of the Hot Rate Hotels. I’m fairly new to Dallas-Fort Worth, so I decided it would be perfect to book a weekend stay in one of the areas I want to explore more.

Hotwire.com offers hotels, cars, flights and vacation packages. I travel all the time, so it was thrilling that I could plan a getaway without boarding a plane, so I chose to only search for hotels. I typed in Dallas and my dates.

I was then able to choose the specific area in Dallas where I wanted to stay—I wanted to spend time in Uptown—and was given several “Hot Rate” options.

Travel savings when you book on Hotwire.com

When I searched Hotwire.com for Dallas, I was able to choose my location—Uptown—and see great Hot Rate offers

I love that when I clicked on the individual hotel, I could see guest ratings, options for bed types, a list of amenities, nearby attractions, and other pertinent information before I booked the room.

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Each hotel listing on Hotwire.com gives detailed information about the customer ratings and booking options.

After looking at the details and the customer ratings, I was intrigued by a 4-star hotel that had a 95% recommendation rate. When I selected that option, I was shown that the most recent customer who chose this Hot Rate was confirmed at Hotel ZaZa. Even though I knew there was no guarantee that I would get the same hotel, I thought that a similar experience would be perfect for my weekend escape.

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I could see the cost and the hotel that the last person choosing this category received

I double-checked my dates, making sure I had the correct information – the rooms are non-refundable, and you can’t make changes – and then clicked on “Book Now”.  The website indicates that it only takes 2 minutes to complete the reservation, but I think it took even less time. I gave my name, phone number, and payment information and had a brief wait before I received my confirmation. I was thrilled! I secured a room at Hotel ZaZa for $180 per night, which is about $65 off the regular rate. While the 5-star hotel offered a savings of 52% off the regular rate, I was excited to check out this fun hotel that is close to so much I want to explore in Uptown Dallas.

Travel savings when you book on Hotwire.com

I booked my room and was immediately confirmed at the 4-star Hotel ZaZa in Uptown Dallas!

Follow-Up on My Staycation

I had a fabulous overnight at Hotel Zaza Dallas in Uptown. The check-in was seamless and I believe I received a great deal with my Hotwire.com booking. I received a great room and they were even able to accommodate an early check-in.

Travel savings when you book on Hotwire.com

I used my Hotwire.com account to book a staycation at Hotel ZaZa in Dallas. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

Sing It Weirder

For 18 years now, we’ve all heard the jingle… H.O.T.W.IRE DOT COM… It’s such a fun jingle and has become part of our culture. But can you sing it weirder? Maybe with a theme? Dress up. Sing out loud. Just sing it weirder for a chance to win up to $5,000 in HotDollars to book your vacation on Hotwire.com. There are also three weekly winners who get a 2-night stay and two flight tickets to a US destination. Check out the details at Hotwire.com and start singing it weirder for a chance to take your dream trip!


This article is sponsored by Hotwire.com. Although provided compensation for this article, we believe this is a great product that offers exceptional value for our readers. 

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For 18 years now, we’ve all heard the jingle… H.O.T.W.IRE DOT COM… It’s a fun jingle and has become part of our culture. But can you sing it weirder? Maybe with a theme? Dress up. Sing out loud. Sing it weirder for a chance to win up to $5,000 in HotDollars to book your vacation on Hotwire.com. There are also 3 weekly winners who get a 2-night stay and 2 flight tickets to a US destination. Check out details at Hotwire.com and start singing it weirder! #ad #HowIHotwire @Hotwire

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