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  1. Congratulations on your success! Hope you enjoyed your stay and thank you for sharing your win with the board, helping us add this property to the Lexington Hotwire Hotel List. . Hope your travels are going well.
  2. Thanks for sharing your win... hope you're enjoying your stay there and things are running as 'normal' as possible.
  3. Congratulations on your success and thank you for sharing the details of your win with the rest of the board! An excellent rate for a 5 star hotel in Vegas over the July 4th weekend! Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases. Have a great trip and Happy 4th!
  4. Back in March i booked August and November flights... the first is fully refundable, the latter i get a credit to use for up to a year if i need to cancel. For August i figure i have nothing to lose, for November i know i can utilize the credit over the course of the following year (so again, nothing really to lose). Excellent rates for both!
  5. A very nice lesson for others! I always suggest booking RefundableRates... it never hurts, but it could help! Even if the rate today only looks 'ok', it may be a very attractive price later if rates continue to move higher.
  6. Welcome Back! Easy to ID this hotel using RevealHotels.com: 4* HOTWIRE Westminster - Broomfield for $79 Free parking Pet friendly Indoor pool(s) Smoke-free rooms Fitness center Pool(s) Restaurant(s) Business center Internet access ==> Westin Westminster is the best guess for this one PLEASE remember to conclude this thread letting us know your results and/or whatever you ultimately decide to do for this stay and to use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases. Good luck!
  7. Thank you for your recent post(s) and helping us add another property/description to the Tokyo Priceline Hotel List. Good to hear that this hotel was convenient for your needs and you had a nice trip! Please click the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases. Safe travels!
  8. Congratulations on your success! Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay at this property and thank you for sharing the previous win, helping us add this hotel to the Munich Priceline Express Hotel List. Please click the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases.
  9. Looks like a very nice deal. I'm sure hotel revenue managers are having a difficult time at the moment pricing rooms since they really don't have any track record to gauge on how quickly demand will come back. Nice job looking ahead and picking this up while you can.
  10. Congratulations on your success! Nice to see you received the hotel you were hoping for and that it was a nice discount vs. a AAA rate. Thank you for sharing your results and using the HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your purchase. Enjoy your stay.
  11. You can easily ID this property using the new features of our BiddingHelper tool: 1) search at BiddingHelper.com 2) click the PRICELINE RESEARCH tab 3) hover your mouse over (or click) the BLUE 'See Match from Hotel List' button For this 3.5* Flushing - Whitesthone offer for $104/nite: Pets Allowed Fitness Center Airport Shuttle Restaurant No Smoking Rooms/Facilities Free Internet ==> BiddingHelper.com indicates the Sheraton Laguardia East hotel Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases. Let us know how it goes or if we can be of further help.
  12. Great... glad to hear it all worked out! Most hotels are being very accommodative given the unprecedented situation. Looking forward to helping with your future travel plans once this is behind us.
  13. Congratulations on your success! Hope you're pleased with the outcome and this hotel will work well for your plans. Thank you for sharing your win with the board and helping us add this hotel to the Seattle Hotwire Hotel List. Please click the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases. Safe travels and enjoy your stay.
  14. It's your trip, so you know your needs best, but why stay in Brooklyn if most of your time is going to be in Manhattan? The only reason to stay in Brooklyn would be to save money, and maybe a deal comes along that makes a Brooklyn stay worthwhile (you should also consider Long Island City, Hoboken, and/or Jersey City if there is a hotel along the waterfront (not all Jersey City hotels are well located))... but generally speaking i think you have just as good of a chance of getting a deal at a Manhattan hotel for about the same price. The issue that may hurt you in finding a Manhattan hotel would be that most charge resort fees now, so if Brooklyn hotels are not charging a resort fee, that will be the primary difference when it comes to budget. However, i'll reiterate that staying in Manhattan should be worth a premium, imo, you don't want to spend 10% of your vacation time commuting... and if coming to NYC, 'the city that never sleeps', why are you looking for some place that is 'not as busy'... your hotel will be quiet enough to offer you respite from your busy days. If you're not sure if this was indeed the Hilton or not, start using our BiddingHelper.com tool in order to search as it will indicate the likely underlying hotel for each offer. Just as an example, this 3 star Lower East Side - Chinatown hotel for $80/nite (appearing to be the Wyndham Garden Chinatown) would be a better option and worth the extra $20/nite vs. staying in Brooklyn. It's not the most central location in Manhattan, but it would be a better and more convenient option. Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases. Your thoughts?
  15. Welcome to BetterBidding! As this is low season in NYC (and hotels may be pricing aggressively based upon the current environment) why stay in Brooklyn... why not in Manhattan so you'll be more centrally located? I'm assuming you're considering staying outside of Manhattan to save money, but chances are you're not really going to be saving that much to make it worthwhile, imo. Since your options/decisions will most likely be based upon your budget, let's start with an idea of how much you're expecting to spend (per nite before fees/taxes) and we'll have a look at your options and take it from there.
  16. Welcome to BetterBidding! We're happy to offer our thoughts and any insight we may have, and if a specific answer is not available we can discuss how things have been handled in the past in similar situations (although this situation is more extreme/severe/widespread that what we have seen in the past). For starters, have you see this Priceline Coronavirus page and tried the instructions regarding hotel cancellations? (airlines are discussed first... hotels are listed about halfway down the page) Is there a satisfactory response there to your situation, if not, what is the name of the hotel that you received? Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases. Let us know how you make out with the instructions at the link above and we'll take it from there... we're happy to offer more help/assistance any way we can.
  17. You're welcome... hope you're able to reach a satisfactory resolution. Let us know if/how we can be of further help.
  18. Hi Beav, good to see you and glad you stopped by the board! (although sorry to see your previous photo/icon missing... did we lose that in a board upgrade??) There really has not been that much discussion about Priceline Bidding coming back to the system, although the thought has certainly crossed my mind, but i think it is way to early to speculate. Whether bidding returns or not i do think there are going to be some incredible deals to be had in the not-so-distant future (and are already appearing for those who want to, or have to, travel... or are willing to plan travel well into the future). The hotel industry has been so strong for the last 10+ years, occupancy levels high, and fewer and fewer unoccupied rooms to fill at deeply discounted prices that it has made it more difficult for the opaque providers to offer the value they did nearly 20 years ago when most of started to get involved with Priceline/Hotwire (deals have still been available, but they have not been as prevalent and not the screaming deals they were when bidding/opaque first came on the scene. With global travel coming to an abrupt halt the balance of supply/demand has quickly reversed direction, and once people start to travel again we may be seeing lots of deals that were 'as good as the old days'. Hope you and your loved ones/family are doing well and that things return to 'normal' more quickly than is currently predicted.
  19. Have you see this page: Hotwire Coronavirus Travel (linked as it's constantly being updated, almost daily) The link above will give you the most up-to-date information, but currently Hotwire is adhering to the terms set forth by the hotel: The quote above from Hotwire further suggests: The quickest way to find out if travel plans can be changed without a penalty will generally be to check the airline, car, or hotel website directly. Many of our partners are updating their policies to align with changing travel restrictions, so make sure to check back regularly. I did have a look at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort and it appears that the hotel is still open and operating (if they were closed thru the end of April it would be much easier to know what would happen in this situation). As well, this page shows a list of hotels that are currently allowing cancellations: Hotels allowing Hotwire Cancellations The page linked at the end of the paragraph above does have a link to request canceling your hotwire reservation, but unfortunately it does not indicate what happens if you request a cancellation and the hotel is not honoring refunds... would they simply not process the cancellation and leave you with the option of using the reservation, would they process the cancellation while not refunding any of your money (taking away the possibility of still traveling should things improve or should you become more comfortable with traveling), etc, etc. With all of the above noted, i would first contact the hotel directly, let them know you have an upcoming reservation purchased thru Hotwire, you are concerned about traveling, as well as many restaurants and activities not being operational (you may also want to mention a specific event that you were planning to attend that is now canceled). Ask them directly what your options are. If they agree to cancel the reservation, inquire how it is that you will receive a refund (do you need to further contact Hotwire to process or will it be done automatically?). Also be sure to write down the names (and date/time) of anyone that you speak to that authorizes the cancellation. If they indicate that the reservation is non-refundable and can't be canceled, i would continue to monitor the pages at the links above to see if this property is added to the list of hotels that are allowing refunds. As well, continue to call the hotel every 4-5 days to see if their policy has changed or if you can get somebody there with a sympathetic ear to allow a refund. Good luck and let us know how you make out... or how we can be of further help.
  20. Priceline now has online cancellation available as well, depending upon what hotel, airline, or cruise line you have booked with. More information can be found here: Priceline Coronavirus Cancel
  21. Shortly after posting the above i received an email that Hotwire is now offering a self-service link that allows users to cancel their Hot Rate Hotels and car rental bookings. See this link for more information: Cancel Hotwire Hotel
  22. The corona virus outbreak has disrupted the entire travel industry across the board... everything from airfare, hotels, car rentals, and cruises have been effected. With nearly 20 years experience in the travel industry, we have seen a lot, and will offer our thoughts and perspective below. WHAT TO DO NOW: NEAR TERM TRAVEL PLANS: Travel companies are experiencing unprecedented call volume and wait times are excessively long. Companies are asking that you refrain from calling if your travel plans are not within the next week, as this will enable those with immediate travel plans to get the assistance they need in a timely manner (or at least the best that can be expected). If you do need to get in touch with customer support try the following: visit the company website that you booked through to see if they are processing cancellations / refunds online look for online chat functionality, although don't waste your time with any 'chat bot' as their automated responses will not be of any value given the current circumstances if you used an OTA (PRICELINE, HOTWIRE, Expedia, etc) for a hotel booking, try calling the hotel directly using their local phone number. You're trying to reach the actual hotel front desk... not the call center. Speak to the hotel directly to find out how they have been handling the situation. See if you can get the person at the desk to process a refund and enter it in their system, writing down all the information such as their name, time you called, etc. If possible ask for an email confirmation of what was agreed upon, as this also gives you written proof and eliminates any 'he said she said' discrepancy in the future as to what the hotel agreed to do. try to reach the company via Twitter, Facebook, etc. as you may get a quicker response if you must call, try to multi-task by putting the call on speaker phone and doing other things (cooking, checking email, surfing the web, planning your next trip, etc, etc) until you have a representative on the line FUTURE TRAVEL PLANS: If you believe the current situation will pass, consider making future travel plans now. Airlines are currently desperate for business and generally offering flexible cancellation options if you book by the end of March. Most cancellations come in the form of a credit to be used within a certain amount of time in the future, so check with each airline for their specific terms. Hotels can be safely booked using a refundable rate. This locks you in to a low rate while fear may be near it's peak, gives you the ability to cancel until a few days before your trip if you decide not to travel, as well as gives you the ability to cancel and re-book should rates head even lower. You can use our sister site RefundableRates.com to compare the best hotels/rates on a refundable basis Hotel prices in many cities have plummeted to levels that have not been seen since post-9/11. It's certainly worth a look if your travel plans are far enough into the future. A quick look at rates for NYC and Chicago sees many 4+ star and higher rated hotels for under $100/nite. (at the moment HOTWIRE prices seem to be a little less than PRICELINE, but you can easily check/compare them both using our BiddingHelper.com tool) MY OWN RECENT EXPERIENCES: I have recently booked airfare for two trips, one in August and one in November. I feel 'pretty good' that both of these trips will take place, but should i need to cancel, i can use the airfare credit anytime in the next year (and i'm assuming that if travel continues to be inhibited that they may extend the time that the credit can be used). Hotels for each trip are booked at good prices which can be canceled up until a few days before my arrival. Before i purchased the first airline ticket i bought i did have a question for the airline as it was only one day since they announced their updated cancellation policy. I was told the hold time would be about 4 hours so i used their callback feature that they would call me back when it was my turn. I did receive a callback about 9 hours later at 1am in the morning! The representative was pleasant (and new) but unfortunately wasn't trained to answer my question and transferred me to a different department. Unfortunately this put me on hold for which i gave up after 15 minutes as i suspected it could be hours. I did have plans to go to Atlantic City for March Madness as i wanted to see if things down there were growing with legalized sports betting, but i canceled the trip when the tournament was canceled, which was a moot point anyway since the casino hotels closed today for at least the next 2 weeks. THE FUTURE OF TRAVEL: The travel industry has been very strong over the last 10+ years, and with hotel occupancy high and virtually no empty seats on airplanes, deeply discounted prices were harder to come by. Deals were still out there... but they were farther and fewer between and not available for all travel dates. I don't necessarily expect a quick snapback to travel, as it will take awhile before the general population feels comfortable traveling again. I suspect we may see hotels be the first to comeback as people take local trips they can drive to, which should be followed by airfare, with the cruise industry being last to return to normal. During this recovery window, we may see PRICELINE / HOTWIRE deals return to the bargain basement prices that we were accustomed to 5-10 years ago, as hotels try to fill empty rooms and airlines try to fill empty seats. There will be setbacks for both our country and economy over the coming weeks, but hopefully it will be a case of 'two steps forward and one step back', with consistent progress. I urge everyone to remain calm, keep things in perspective, and keep yourselves and your families healthy.
  23. At the moment the NYOP product as we knew it is gone. There is still bidding available via their app, but it's a different product... most notably there is no re-bidding which really eliminates the biggest benefit for the user. As long as your stay is for 2+ nites and for a 3+ star rated hotel, you can usually do just as well using PRICELINE EXPRESS along with one of our Priceline Coupons. Not only is the price very close after our coupon, but you get the advantage of having a very good guess as to the hotel being offered. For HOTWIRE and PRICELINE EXPRESS you can research/identify hotels using the recent updates to our BiddingHelper tool: 1) search using BiddingHelper.com 2) click the HOTWIRE EASY VIEW or PRICELINE EXPRESS tab 3) hover your mouse (or click) the blue 'FIND MATCH in HOTEL LIST' ==> most hotels are instantly revealed Not sure when you're looking to travel, but if far enough in advance that you believe the current events will subside, there are some incredible bargains to be had. Although NYOP as we knew it may have disappeared, i think there is a chance that Priceline / Hotwire may regain its footing and once again reign supreme as the discount King and Queen... there will be a HUGE amount of unsold hotel inventory which should be deeply discounted in the months ahead that we may see the kinds of deals we were used to 5-10 years ago.
  24. Most of the features of NYOP have been eliminated from the app as well... no more re-bidding since you can only bid on one zone at a time. In most instances you can get as good of a deal with PRICELINE EXPRESS or HOTWIRE, especially when using our Priceline Coupon. The caveat is that our 'everyday' coupon requires a 2+ nite stay, although at the moment (valid until tomorrow 3/15) there is also a $20 off coupon that requires a $100 purchase (no star rating or minimum number of nites). Also, there was never really any way to determine which hotel you would get when bidding, but recently both PRICELINE EXPRESS and HOTWIRE have made it easier to research / identify hotels. Most hotels can be identified using our BiddingHelper.com tool: 1) search at BiddingHelper.com 2) click the HOTWIRE EASY VIEW tab or PRICELINE EXPRESS tab 3) hover your mouse (or click) the blue 'FIND MATCH in HOTEL LIST' --> most hotel names will be shown instantly If you see a hotel that you're interested in and would like us to have a second look before purchase, or if a hotel has not yet been identified, feel free to ask for help and we will take a look. Good luck in your pursuit in a hotel and let us know if we can be of any help with your current travel plans.
  25. I usually do not... if i had an aging parent that was sick or some other 'inside' knowledge that would make increase the chances i would need to cancel then i would consider it (or if i was traveling internationally since there are more moving parts involved in that), but i'm statistical in nature so i take a probability point of view: If the hotel above (before resort fees since those would not be paid if you for whatever reason did not show up at the hotel) cost ~$300 and the insurance is ~$20, i figure the insurance is about 6.5% of what my 'loss' would be. So it comes down to whether or not i think have a greater than 6% chance of needing to cancel for a covered event. I italicize the last part of that sentence as there are many events that would not be covered by the insurance (for example, 'epidemics' are an excluded event so it would likely not apply given the current situation). There are lots of other exclusions for which insurance companies would not have to pay so i'd prefer to 'self insure'. As well, i would also have some sort of travel insurance from my credit card company (not sure what it does/does not cover), and there is always a chance that the booking company (priceline/hotwire) would allow for a refund (or issue a credit to be used on a future purchase) should things get even worse. The companies have been 'pretty good' in the past of allowing cancellations/issuing refunds when there were location specific issues, but they may take a harder stance in a nationwide/worldwide epidemic since it would have more of an effect on their bottomline. So far playing the odds has worked in my favor, but it only works until it doesn't, so you have to weigh your own tolerance for risk and if there are any factors in your own life that would increase/decrease the probability of you needing to cancel the trip.
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