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About dahammer

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  1. I'm very pleased with this winning bid for the La Quinta Inn and Suites. I looked at PRICELINE EXPRESS and it appeared as if this property was being offered for $67due to the amenities plus there was a bed choice available and there was a reference to a Suite. Started bidding at $62 and it was accepted immediately. I have eave stayed here several times previously and it is one of my favorites because of all the freebies, parking, breakfast and HS Internet. As a bonus, there is a bus into Manhattan right in front of the hotel with frequent service. Made my bids through the PRICELINE links on the board. There are also many restaurants area. Room subtotal: $62.00 Taxes and Fees $16.23 Total charged today: $78.23
  2. rock on! The last time I visited Fallsview I received free parking with my players club card. Not sure if that's still offered or not. Do you have the winning rate in USD? With current exchange rates of $1.29, this comes to about $86 USD.
  3. This used to be an "old school" 1960'sHoliday Inn with outside entrances and a courtyard in the middle. I think about 10 years ago, it changed over to a Quality Inn. The TGIFridays is still there and very convenient.
  4. Made my same day bid using the PRICELINE links on the board. The rack rate was around $99, so I'm pleased with this win. Offer Price: $51.00 Taxes and Fees: $13.94 Total Charged: $64.94
  5. Florida keys

    I don't think there is any website that offers occupancy rates by the month, but generally speaking late August and most of September are kind of off season. It's so hot your tires might melt into the pavement though. Generally speaking, weekends are more expensive than the weekdays (Sunday-Thursday are cheaper). Holidays will increase occupancy, January up until early February is not too bad, but in Mid February through the spring it starts to get expensive. Biking is so dependent on good weather, you will have to keep an eye on the forecast, and book accordingly. I would start with the links on the board and check out several dates using Hotels.com to gauge rates. Also, the number of zones on PRICELINE and HOTWIRE are limited and you may want to stop in a town that lies outside of a zone.
  6. I didn't have a lot of time to make bids, so I used BetterBidding's WinAlert app to check pricing for both HOTWIRE and PRICELINE. I saw a 2.5 * for $46 with the following amenities: Free Parking Business Center Free Internet Free Breakfast Indoor or Outdoor Pool Fitness Center Ended up with the Best Western Plus Brampton and received a room with two queen beds. There is an indoor pool with a hot tub just off the lobby. Room Price: $46.00 Taxes & Fees: $11.48 Total: $57.48
  7. Used the links on the board to buy this Price.line Express deal. The following amenities were displayed: Wifi, Breakfast, Gym, but no rating score or much else to go on. A leap of faith was rewarded. Room Price: $48.00 Taxes & Fees: $17.60 Total: 65.60 This hotel is close to the Sheraton and the Hyatt Place and directly in the landing path for runway 31 at LaGuardia Airport. Light sleepers might want to look elsewhere. But for $48 it's a good deal given the rack rate of $125. Parking is not included, but there is a city owned lot across the street ($1.50 an hour, 8 AM - 10 PM, after 10 PM it's free) Finding a space is akin to a shopping mall at Christmas, just pull off to the side and patience will be rewarded. Just pay attention to folks walking towards their cars; I was distracted for a moment and the guy behind me pounced before I could reach for my turn signal. There is a privately operated lot nearby that charges $20. I ended up with a non smoking room with a queen bed, very small, but fine for one. Went to Picnic Garden Korean BBQ, a carnivore's delight, for dinner.
  8. Started bidding at $54 in an attempt to get the Clarion (former Holiday Inn) but was rejected. There was a PRICELINE EXPRESS deal for $68 that looked like the La Quinta so I upped the bid to $58, then $61. Room Price: $61.00 Taxes & Fees: $14.37 Total: $75.37 This is a fairly new La Quinta that gets good reviews, all my favorite free-bees are included: breakfast, parking, wifi. Rack rate was $125 so I will take this any day. I used the PRICELINE links on the board to make my bids.
  9. has anyone flown frontier airlines ?

    I have flown twice out of Trenton and would do so again. Haven't flown out of PHL though. On a recent trip to Miami, I missed out booking a $15 fare out of Philly as my plans were not set. They are following a similar business plan as that of Spirit Airlines and to a lesser extent Allegiant which is to derive revenue through fees from baggage, confirmed seat charges, and such. I think it's just human nature to complain rather than praise, but I've flown on both Spirit and Frontier a total of 6 trips and haven't been burned. But, there's always a first time. Good luck with your trip, it would be great to hear back about the flight and if you make any bookings on Hot.wire or Price.line.
  10. Made this bid through the PRICELINE links on the board, tried to get a convertible for $20, wishful thinking. I almost had a little regret getting this accepted right away, but I guess it's the offseason. Ended up with a 2015 Camry and I was pretty impressed with this car after a week. Daily offer price: $16.00 Number of days: 7 Taxes & Fees $92.99 Total charged: $204.99
  11. I have attended several trade shows at McCormick, I strongly recommend that you take AaronJB's advice, he is a local and well informed. I like the River North and Water Tower zones, there are plenty of dining options nearby and there is activity in the evening. The trade show organizer will list all of the hotels with shuttle bus stops, just walk to the nearest one in the morning for a ride to the show. You just need a show badge to get on the bus. I usually buy a multi day CTA pass and use it on the train from the airport and sometimes to get to McCormick. The # 3 bus goes right down Michigan Ave and makes a stop in front of McCormick. I also have taken the Green rail line to Cermak and walked a few blocks. If your plans are firm, it's always a good idea to book a room early. I've attended trade shows where the nearest available Hotel room was way out by O'Hare and the only room available in the city was at a hostel.
  12. 2* Mt. Pocono - Tannersville Area $71

    What is the "all in" $89 rate for HoJo's with taxes and the Hot.wire 2* $71 rate with tax and fees? I am asking because the difference might be negligible.
  13. Won this yesterday. I had been monitoring prices for a day or so, Saturday nights during the summer in AC are typically very high. I saw what I believed to be the Sheraton available on PRICELINE Express for $192, then a few hours later it appeard on HOTWIRE for $195. I took a chance, after all this is Atlantic City, and bid $180 and received my first win before setting foot in the town. Room Price: $180.00 Taxes & Fees: $38.64 Total: $218.64 There is a $15 per day parking charge at the hotel, but it appears to be about a 10 minute walk to Caesars or Ballys, this will be my first stay at this hotel. The rack rate was around $280 and it appears the hotel is sold out, so I am very pleased with this win and no regrets that it was on my first bid. I used the BetterBidding Win Alerts app on my iPad to simultaneously check HOTWIRE, PRICELINE, and Hotels..com rates by flipping through screens. A great app for anyone who values their time during the bidding process.
  14. Wow, that is a great deal for summer weekend dates near Atlantic City, congratulations.
  15. Thanks for the follow up, looks like a great bargain for your stay. I'm not sure of the hours, but IKEA in Conshohocken has a $.99 breakfast. ;) Enjoy the Folk Festival.