Wouldn’t it be great if you could get paid to travel and stay in a hotel?
But that’s just for those in the travel industry, isn’t it?
No, not really, a regular person can be paid for staying in a hotel, thanks to a program from Trivago.com.
Trivago.com is a website where you can search for the best hotel deals. It has a program known as the Trivago Quality Test where you are paid for reviewing the hotel you book through their site.
At present, the number of available destinations is limited, and you’re limited to one hotel per month, but if it fits into your travel plans it’s well worth it.
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How It Work?
This is almost like mystery shopping, hotel mystery shopping if you will.
Here is how it works…
1. Choose your destination
First, you have to choose a destination from a list of available destinations. Visit Trivago.com/QualityTest to choose your destination.
2. Sign up as a tester
Once you have chosen your destination, sign up as a hotel tester for a specific hotel in your destination.
3. Book hotel
The next step is to book your hotel stay from the list of available booking sites.
Before you go, you’ll be sent a questionnaire which will take about 10 minutes to fill out.
4. Test hotel
After you’ve had your stay, there’s another questionnaire that will take longer, say 45 minutes.
5. Get paid
Once the test is complete you will be getting paid directly via bank transfer or PayPal.
What’s awesome about booking your hotel through Trivago is that it shows you all the prices from many different booking sites so you can see and choose the lowest one in a matter of few seconds instead of having to spend hours checking sites one by one. And to top it off, you are also getting paid for your stay.
How Much Does Trivago Pay Their Hotel Testers?
First, you have to pay for the hotel room yourself, Trivago doesn’t “comp” any stays. But if you’re prepared to go to one of the hotels on the current list (these change frequently), then you can get paid for giving a detailed review.
But if you’re prepared to go to one of the hotels on the current list (these change frequently), then you can get paid for giving a detailed review.
And as far as the exact amount goes, from the research I have done, you can get paid up to $120, which is not bad considering that the two questionnaires you have to fill out take less than one hour to complete.
No matter how many nights you stay, you just get paid once for your review. So it works best if you only want to stay one night, as you then get the biggest percentage effective discount on the room.
There are some limits on what you can do.
As mentioned above, you’re only allowed to report on one hotel per month, and you can’t come back and report on the same hotel for another year.
Even if you go as a couple or a family, only one person can be a tester and get paid.
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And you’re only paid once for your booking, no matter how many days you stay.
But if you want to be sneaky, here’s a thought for a “workaround” that will get you more money. If you’re traveling as a couple, say, one person can book the first night and fill out the tester forms, and the other person can book a second night as a tester, filling out their forms independently and so getting paid again!
Also, if your destination isn’t available on their list of available destination, be sure to sign up for their newsletter so you can be notified when they add it to their list.
Whether you’re a frequent traveler, or just going away for the holiday, Trivago through this program offers you a way to help with the travel costs.
Whenever you are going anywhere, it’s worth checking in to see if there are any hotels available for testing.
For less than an hour’s work, you could see a significant discount on the price you pay, and it will usually work out better than any promotional price you can find.