With Staycircles, you save $100s on hotel bills by staying with friends or friends-of-friends when you travel. All you need to do is download the app, add friends, and propose a stay. This article provides a step-by-step guide on how to do that.
Whether you’re travelling for a business meeting with your company’s business partners, want to catch your favourite band on tour performing in a foreign city, or planning an adventure to see the Grand Canyon, you’ll need to secure some form of accomodation to rest, refresh and safely keep your personal items and valuables.
The usual way to sort this is to book hotels at your destination, preferably as close to the meeting or concert venue as possible. Sadly, the increasing costs of hotels and flights continues to make travel near impossible for the average person.
Booking a hotel for a domestic trip in the U.S. for instance, costs an average of $130 per night depending on the location and reputation of the hotel you chose. This can easily total into hundreds and even thousands of dollars depending on how long you’re in town, making travel more expensive and out of reach.
When you can afford it, hotels may offer some comfort with dedicated room and cleaning services. But a hotel room all to yourself can get lonely and boring real quick and it’s even worse when you’ve got a few nights of free time towards the end of a business trip. Even with the new travel trend of home sharing rental apps, lodging remains expensive. Not to mention that you’ll be sharing a home with strangers you’re meeting for the first time.
But what if you were able to save money when you travel for fun without spending a dime on hotels or in the case of a business trip, earn 31% of the regular lodging costs and save your company 31% of what they’ll usually pay for hotels? (Learn more about business travel with StayCircles here) All of this staying by with a friend or friend-of-friend?
We built StayCircles to be a revolutionary travel solution that allows you save thousands of dollars on expensive and unsafe hotels and home-sharing apps by staying with friends or friends-of-friends who have your back.
Simply put, you save, earn and get to catch up with a familiar face. Win - Win!
Travelling with Staycircles is really easy and simple. Requesting a stay is as simple as asking to stay with a host (a friend or friend-of-a-friend who lives in your destination) for the nights of your trip.Here with a few short steps we’ll show you how to do this with the Staycircles mobile app.
Step 1: Download the App
To be able to propose stays, you’ll need to start by downloading the Staycircles mobile app from your either the iOS App Store or Google Android Play Store. You can click here to download now.
Step 2: Create an account
As a new user and in order to use the Staycircles app, you will need to create a new account. It is a short and easy process requiring only a valid email address to start. An email requesting for confirmation will be sent to the email you provided. Clicking on the link provided will allow you choose a name and log into the app. Easy!
Step 3: Invite your friends
The more friends and friends-of-friends on your map, the higher your chances of being able to stay anywhere in the world for free without hotels. In order to be able to request stays, you will need to grow your personal map of friends by inviting them.
Inviting friends is an easy and straightforward process. You can invite your friends using any of these three methods;
- Your phone’s contact list
- Your Google Contacts
- Typing in your friend’s email address directly
When you invite your friends (StayPals), their own friends(StayPals2) are automatically added to your world wide map of friends, increasing your network and ability to save on hotels as you travel anywhere in the world. By tapping and holding the thumbnail image of a friend in the app, you can see additional information about them such as their addresses, or send them a message.
Step 4: Request a Stay
To propose a stay, you simply tap “Book Friendship Stay” if you are travelling for pleasure or “Book Business Stay” if you’re travelling for business.
The difference here is that with friendship stays, you spend zero dollars on hotels and are able to stay with a friend or friend-of-a-friend when you are in town. Business stays on the other hand, takes the usual cost of booking a hotels, reduces it by 31% saving your company money, pays your host 31% and also pays you 31% so everyone wins. In both cases however, you avoid the loneliness of hotels and get to catch up with a friend.
When you tap on “Book Friendship Stay” or “Book Business Stay”, you will be required to provide the dates you want to book a stay for, select a friend or friend-of-a-friend living on your map, choose a room, and send a proposal to that person. In the case of business stay, you’ll be required to input the comparable rate, which is the amount you would normally spend on hotels, select a payment method and send your proposal to the identified friend.
Just like that, you have requested your first stay
Step 5: Host accepts
It is important to note that the acceptance of your stay proposal is entirely up to the host. They reserve the right to accept or decline a proposal at their sole discretion.
However, once your stay proposal is accepted, you can pack your bags and head for the airport or bus park! Your fun is about to begin.
Step 6: Enjoy your trip
Now you can enjoy your trip with the knowledge that you’ll be saving thousands in hotel fees, catching up with a familiar face and travelling a little more safer.