Share A Room is a new company offering a novel twist on finding travel buddies. Think of it as a dating app for finding travel partners, where matches are found based on desired travel dates. Once you find a match you can chat within the app to make sure you’ll be a good fit. And you can match as many people as you want, it doesn’t have to be just 2 people in the group.
There are a number of other options for finding travel buddies and some of them provide similar services of connecting you with strangers to travel with on an upcoming trip.
In a smart move for monetization for the company, Share A Room connects new travel buddies directly to their hotel booking portal. To me that’s potentially a limitation, as I might want to use points to book hotels, or book with various discounts. And if I’m booking at the major hotel chains I want to book direct to take advantage of points and bonus earning deals and also potential best rate guarantees. But it seems likely this is possible once you’ve connected with your travel partner since you’ll need to have ways to contact one another outside the app regardless of how you book lodging.
Share A Room is currently in beta release so I’m on the waiting list to try it out.