Orbitz is seeing some interesting differences between how travelers book through mobile compared to the desktop version of our websites. While it typically sees same-day reservations hovering around 14 percent of total hotel reservations made through a desktop computer browser, that number surges to 65 percent when you look at bookings made through mobile devices. In the past last minute travelers had to "walk up" to a hotel's front desk and inquire about the rates available at that particular hotel tonight – making it very tough to compare options. Now travelers can easily search across properties available nearby, compare prices, check out photos and consult reviews before finalizing their decision and making their booking. There's another reason for travelers to consider "going mobile" when planning travel: Orbitz and others are able to offer "Mobile Steals" - exclusive mobile-only rates - to users who search from a mobile device. Many of hotel suppliers recognize that the heavy skew towards same-day reservations provide an opportunity to fill rooms that they know will otherwise go unsold, and they are willing to offer significant discounts of up to 50 percent off the rates available through other channels to consumers accessing f.e. Orbitz from a mobile device. Just this week for example, Orbitz was offering a great four-star resort property in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Orbitz.com for $129, already a highly competitive rate, but the resort provided an additional discount for mobile users as part of our "Mobile Steals" offering, bringing the rate down to $83 per night. Bottom line: If you are not shopping for travel on a mobile device, you could be leaving money on the table, or in this case, the nightstand. Get the full story at USA Today