Beds & Bars has launched a travel app for its St Christopher’s Inns brand.

The app will allow customers to check in online, pay for their stay, socialise securely with other guests staying at their hostel, and earn loyalty reward points.

The launch of the app also sees the introduction of St Christopher’s Points. When guests book, chat, check-in or post reviews using the app, they earn St Christopher’s Points – which can be redeemed against the cost of booking a bed.

Duncan Robertson, sales and marketing director for St Christopher’s Inns, said: “This is a new era in backpacking and the development of technology built specifically to enhance the experience of our guests. In just one app you can reserve a bed, pay for it, check in online, earn St Christopher’s Points and meet new people, staying in the same hostel, at the same time.

“No other hostel offers a real time, in house social network of their own and we’re thrilled to be the first operator to launch this. A welcoming and social atmosphere is a key component of any great hostel experience and this app is the next natural – and technological – step.”