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Travel startup offers half-price hotel deals if you're willing to share with a stranger

Whether for business or pleasure, travel isn't cheap. So a company with a lure like half-price hotel deals is sure to stir up interest.

But thrifty travelers who want in on a bargain like that need to know there's a catch — you need to be willing to share a room with a stranger.

The Winston Club plans to offer the deal for anyone heading to Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles or Las Vegas if they agree to go halfsies with a fellow traveler.

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Winston Club founder Byron Shannon thinks it's a small price to pay.

"People have been room-sharing in dorms, on couches or in hostels since before our grandparents were kids," he said in an interview with Road Warrior Voices.

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The free members-only booking service promises to offer "an optimal experience" for travelers.

"All members are screened via video chat, share their interests and hobbies and provide five forms of verification," according to the company's website.

Shannon believes his system saves money over traditional bookings and offers more safety than short-term personal residence rentals.

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Winston Club members are screened before they are paired to room with a fellow traveler.

Or rather, it will.

Winston Club is still in the early startup stages, but plans to launch soon.

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