Hotel Hustle: Where is that on the map!?!


Hover your mouse over the small icon (noted by the arrow) and watch the map update to identify the location
Hover your mouse over the small icon (noted by the arrow) and watch the map update to identify the location

One of the most frequent requests for my Hotel Hustle tool has been the ability to easily find where a hotel in the list results is on the map. It seems like that should have been an easy feature to implement but, for whatever reason, I struggled with it and never quite figured it out right. Fortunately a combination of jetlag and frustration with other things forced my hand and I was able to make it work.

When looking at the search results screen simply hover your mouse over the small icon next to the hotel name.

Hover your mouse over the  small icon (noted by the arrow) and watch the map update to identify the location
Hover your mouse over the small icon (noted by the arrow) and watch the map update to identify the location

The location of the hotel will change from its matching icon to a giant blue pin on the map. Yeah, not so subtle at all. But that’s the point.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

6 Comments

  1. Thanks for this! Hotel Hustle is one of my favorite tools – I use it several times a week, and it’s bookmarked at the top of my Chrome bar 🙂 One small question though – is it possible to somehow offer an option to rank each list of results in order of intrinsic point value (using a scale of .04 per Hilton point, .06 for IHG, .08 for Marriott, or whatever scale you choose). In other words, a Hilton hotel at 30,000 points a night would be listed higher than a Marriott option at 20,000 a night in the same city. Unless I’m not using it correctly, doesn’t it now sort the results according to value against the paid rate available at each hotel for that night?

    Again, thanks for this awesome tool Seth!

    1. Good question, Tim.

      The current sort order is by “Hustle Hotness” which is the cpp score relative to average value of the points. So if the Hilton and Marriott in your example are the same cash price then the Hilton at 30k would be a MUCH better deal than the Marriott at 20k points and would be listed as such. I do see the potential value in scoring hotels as if the points are cash and what you would be “paying” in that context but, at least for now, I like to keep the opportunity cost as part of the equation so the underlying cash rate will remain part of the scoring.

      By default it uses standard average values for the ratings. If you want to customize the values for any or all programs you can do so by logging in to the site and setting your personal preferences at http://wandr.me/Hotel-Tools/Hotel-Hustle/MyValues.

  2. Is there a way to search only for Hilton standard room awards? Currently most Hilton awards show as “available,” but only for premium rooms. Is there a way to set an alert just for the standard room?

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