As America embraces the technology of same-day hotel apps, Australia has been slow to catch on.
Apps such as Hipmunk are changing the way that accommodation is booked in the US, with promises of savings up to 70% when booking the same day as your stay.
In Australia, online booking providers such as Wotif and Hotels.com offer apps, but the apps are simply a mirror of what they offer on their sites.
Metasearch provider Kayak starts off well, but then yanks the price up when it comes time to pay thanks to fees and taxes.
Even Stay Today, which was launched in Australia last year, offers somewhat confusing information (though it was marginally cheaper).
When Sydney Morning Herald writer Jane E Fraser downloaded all of these "we are the cheapest" apps, she was disappointed to discover that each offers virtually the same price.
She advises travellers not to waste their time on searching through these apps until Australia has caught on.
Instead, try walking into the lobby of a hotel and asking for their best price.
By not being publicly seen to drop rates, the hotel has nothing to lose by offering you a cheaper room for the night.