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App brings spontaneity back to traveling

Wednesday - 6/6/2012, 4:13am  ET

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The HotelTonight app shows users hotel deals and also explains why hotels may be sold out. (WTOP/Dimitri Sotis)

WASHINGTON - A new smartphone app lets last-minute travelers book a hotel with the swipe of a finger.

The HotelTonight app shows highly discounted rates for hotels in more than 40 destinations in the U.S. and Canada.

Everyday at noon HotelTonight posts the rates. The catch: rates are only good for that night, The New York Times reports.

Some hotels can, however, accept multi-day reservations at a discount.

The hotels are identified by name along with the categories like hip, basic or luxe.

WTOP's Veronica Robinson contributed to this report. Follow WTOP on Twitter.

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