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  1. Our new RevealHotels.com tool can be used to identify this (or just about any other) Hotwire property: 3.5* HOTWIRE Walt Disney World - Bonnet Creek for $82 Free Parking Complimentary Breakfast Free Internet Pet Friendly Smoke Free Fitness Pool Restaurant Business ==> TownePlace Suites Orlando at Flamingo Crossings is our guess for this one 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. PS- please also update/follow-up your previous Hotwire Bonnet Creek thread with any decisions you have made or your current thoughts for that trip. Thanks.
  2. When bidding on PRICELINE there is no way to target (or avoid) a specific hotel since no information regarding the actual hotel is provided (just like how in your first post the amenities were amenities that are available at all hotels in the zone at that star rating). To have a guess as to the hotel you may receive you need to use HOTWIRE or PRICELINE EXPRESS (since with each of these services the amenities shown are specific to a particular hotel being offered), but unfortunately i'm not seeing the Country Inn and Suites offered for your dates thru either HOTWIRE or PRICELINE EXPRESS. However, i am seeing it offered HERE (<-- click here and confirm your dates on the landing page) for $71/nite which would seem to be a good deal if this is convenient for your conference. The Quality Inn & Suites Champaign for $64/nite (again, confirm your dates on the landing page) would be another option in the area and includes both Free Breakfast and Free Parking, but it is not as well reviewed as the Country Inn and Suites. 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 what you decide and how it goes or how we can be of further help.
  3. What is your maximum bid for a 4* hotel, as i think $70 has almost zero chance of being successful. Without going into too much detail, i'm speculating that there is only one 4* hotel in this area, I Hotel and Conference Center, which priceline does not appear to have any availability for your dates (if you click this previously link and search for your dates you'll see it's indicated as sold-out). Even a direct purchase for your dates is $189/nite, making a $70 maximum bid well under half of prevailing rates, which gives you a very low chance of success. We can suggest a strategy that goes up to whatever amount you'd like (even if only $70) but you need to realize that your chance of success is extremely low if you're only willing to go as high as $70. 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'd like to proceed and we'll take it from there.
  4. It looks like you're on the priceline bidding page and the amenities that you've listed are show next to each star rating. If i've assessed the situation correctly, these are amenities that are offered at every hotel of this star rating in the zone... not specific to one actual hotel you are bidding on (in fact, at this point of the bidding process PRICELINE has not yet even checked inventory for your dates, so there would be know way for them to 'know' the amenities that are associated with the hotel that you would win) So let's back up... What is it that you're looking for in a hotel for this trip and what is your expected budget? (per nite before taxes/fees) 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. PS- i suspect you are also at times having difficulty finding the bidding page for priceline as they constantly moving/hiding it... we have set up the following site for easy access: BiddingForHotelRooms.com
  5. Congratulations on your success! Glad to see you received a nice deal at the hotel you were hoping for... we're happy to have helped! Thank you for sharing your win with the board. Please click the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases. Enjoy your stay.
  6. Congratulations on your success! Glad to see you received one of the hotels you were hoping for and you're looking forward to your trip. Thank you for sharing your win with the board. Please click the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases. Enjoy your stay... and good luck in Vegas!
  7. First, is your budget $140USD including all fees/taxes (and including resort fees) or is $140 based upon the room rate alone? Looks like i highlighted the wrong PRICELINE EXPRESS offer, as i showed a hotel in the Strip Northeast zone while you inquired about a hotel in the Strip-Southwest zone,, for the one you originally inquired about: 5* The Strip - Southwest (<-- CLICK HERE and confirm your dates on the landing page) for $155/nite with: Business Center Restaurant Indoor or Outdoor Pool Casino Fitness Center ==> Aria is my best guess for this one Understood, but what about something like the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas which is also 5 star rated and in the Strip Southwest zone... but is not included in your list of acceptable hotels above? Would this (or any other 5 star hotel not in your list above) be an acceptable outcome? 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.
  8. Just to clarify, my post above targets the hotels indicated by using the links provided, which are from PRICELINE EXPRESS and are before fees/taxes. If you intend to bid for a hotel room how do you plan to target the hotels you listed and avoid the any you don't want? 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.
  9. It shouldn't be an issue as long as you call/email the hotel beforehand to let them know that you will be arriving after midnite. That language is mostly there for when there is a multi-nite stay and the guest shows up to check-in mid-trip... after the first day the hotel may have already marked you as a 'no show' (and on very busy dates may have re-sold your room) However, since you have some time before your trip, i would actually take a two pronged approach: 1) call the hotel informing them of your after midnite arrival, ask them to note it in the computer so that you're not viewed as a 'no show', and get the name of the person who you spoke with 2) a week later send an email "I have an upcoming stay (provide details, including dates so the hotel can look up your reservation) and have previously called the hotel to let you know that my flight does not get in until after midnite. Can you please confirm that this is marked on my reservation so that i'm not viewed as a 'no show' and i won't have any issues when checking-in. Thank you." You could reverse the two above, but i prefer to talk with somebody first as it helps ensure that it gets done (especially when you ask for the person's name who you are speaking with) and then follow-up with an email so you have something in writing should there be any issues. If you're very concerned you could also call the hotel on the day of travel/arrival and let them know that you are on your way and due to arrive after midnite, so please don't mark you as a no-show. If you need help with this trip feel free to start a NEW TOPIC in the CALIFORNIA >> Priceline (San Francisco) section of the board and we can provide you a bidding strategy there to follow. Also, as priceline is constantly moving/hiding the 'Name Your Own Price' bidding form, you may want to bookmark BiddingForHotelRooms.com for quickest/easiest access to their bidding page. Good luck... please remember to post your win or let us know how we can be of further help.
  10. Welcome back... you've actually been a member here since 2011 (see your previous thread here). Please remember to follow-up your threads with your wins/decisions as you make them (even if you don't ultimately use PRICELINE / HOTWIRE, cancel the trip, book direct, etc) as this help keep the board better organized and more useful for everyone... as well as being a courtesy to anyone who took the time to help with your travel plans. Search using our BiddingHelper.com tool and you will see the offers (from both PRICELINE EXPRESS and HOTWIRE) along with prices, amenities, etc. Do you have a maximum budget in mind (per nite before fees/taxes) as your $100CAD doesn't appear to be close to having success for this trip (not sure if this was your 'real' budget or if you were just trying to see how to get the amenities associated with the offer)... you're more likely looking in the $130-$145 USD for one of the hotels that you're looking for above; is this within your budget? If you bid for a hotel room (and NOTE that as you probably have had trouble finding the bidding page of the priceline website we have set up the following for quickest/easiest access: BiddingForHotelRooms.com) how do you intend to target the hotels you mention above (and avoid any that you don't want)? For the two offers above: 5* The Strip - Northeast (<-- CLICK HERE and confirm your dates on the landing page) for $150/nite with: Free Parking Airport Shuttle Fitness Center Pets Allowed Restaurant Free Internet available Free Internet Indoor or Outdoor Pool Casino ==> Palazzo ... note that i believe this one is different than the description you posted above, i believe THIS ONE is the $155/nite property you're seeing and i think that one is Venetian 5* The Strip - Central West (<-- CLICK HERE and confirm your dates on the landing page) for $193/nite with: Fitness Center Free Internet in public areas Pets Allowed Business Center Restaurant Free Internet Indoor or Outdoor Pool Casino Free Internet in room ==> The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas - Autograph Collection by Marriott 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 what you decide and how it goes or how we can be of further help.
  11. Congratulations on your success! Glad to see you received the hotel you were hoping for and that you're happy with the results... this really is a GREAT location right on the river! Thank you for sharing your win and using the PRICELINE links on the board to begin your purchase. Enjoy your stay.
  12. Thank you for closing this thread with your decision. 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. Hope you enjoyed your stay.
  13. Congratulations on your success! Glad to see you're pleased with the hotel and deal you received... we're happy to hear that the board resources were helpful with your purchase. Thank you for sharing your win with the board. Please click the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases. Have a great stay!
  14. First, see if the email is coming from a 'general' email address or specifically a hotel manager or the revenue/accounting department. Before you try to negotiate you first need to decide how much you really want this specific property (and the amenities it offers... such as a kitchenette since eating out for an extended period of time can get costly) vs. 'any' hotel in the area that may be less expensive. If there are other hotels in the area that would be acceptable (ie- Residence Inn, Staybridge Suites, etc) then you have more leverage... if this is really the best hotel for your needs then you don't have as much room to negotiate. Looking at the Hyatt website they are giving you a 0% discount ... for the dates you mentioned their online rate is $179/nite as well. It doesn't look like their AAA discount applies for such an extended stay, but you can probably do better by stringing together consecutive reservations (21 days for the first reservation and then 3-7 day increments from there) and using a AAA discount (it's not a big discount but even $8/nite adds up after 30+ nites) I wouldn't expect them to take it, but i would start at $140/nite and offer to pre-pay for the first 30 days (hotels love to get revenue on the books). I would have a conversation something along the lines of 'I checked online and $179 is the same rate i can get by booking thru your website, i am expecting a discount given my 30+ nite length of my stay. If you could do it for $140/nite i would pre-pay for the first 30 nites now." If they say 'no', then give it back to them... "how much of a discount could you offer if i pre-pay for the first month now?" This is the time you begin to look at other hotels in the area that may work (i see there is also a Cambria Suites that seems to get good reviews, as well as other properties)... repeat the process with them to get your best rate. Once you have gotten everyone's best price, you can then: 1) negotiate further with your first choice of hotel to see if they will match the rate (or at least come close to it, throw in a room upgrade, etc) 2) try to shave a few more dollars off of the best rate you have been offered The above assumes that you're sure of your start date as well as your need to be there for at least 30 nites, if not, adjust your numbers/dates accordingly. One thing that may be working against you here is that the Hyatt House is an extended stay type of hotel, so a 30+ nite stay may not be such an anomaly for them (vs. say a 'regular' Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Resort, Marriott, Hilton, etc). As well, i would imagine that many of their extended stay customers are corporations who are paying for accommodations for temporary contractors or employees visiting from other locations, and they are less sensitive to price. The above is how i would play it. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
  15. Congratulations on your success! Hope this property works well for your plans and you're looking forward to your arrival. Thank you for sharing your win and using the PRICELINE links on the board to begin your purchase. Enjoy your stay and have fun in the city!
  16. Congratulations on your success! Glad to see you received the hotel you were hoping for and that this property will work for your plans this trip. Thank you for sharing your win and using the PRICELINE links on the board to begin your purchase. Enjoy your stay.
  17. For the PRICELINE EXPRESS hotel you didn't mention a zone but i'm assuming it's this one: 5* Magnificent Mile -Gold Coast (<-- CLICK HERE and confirm your dates on the landing page) for $305/nite with: Fitness Center Pets Allowed Business Center Restaurant Indoor Swimming Pool Free Internet available Free Internet Indoor or Outdoor Pool ==> if so, best guess here would be the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago This is in reference to the last person who bought a 4.5* hotel in this zone, not necessarily in relation to the underlying hotel currently being offered for your dates. For the hotwire offer: 4.5* HOTWIRE Magnificent Mile - Water Tower for $182 Pet Friendly Indoor Pool Smoke Free Fitness Pool Restaurant Hi-Speed Internet Golf Travel Accessible ==> Omni Chicago Suites - Magnificent Mile is our best guess here (as determined by our new sister site, RevealHotels.com) 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.
  18. What is the hotel that you're hoping for? (or is it just the price that you're attracted to?) Have you had a look at HOTWIRE? (and using Reveal Hotels to ID?) Thanks for using the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board. EDIT TO ADD: is it this property? (i don't know if the offer will go thru or not since obviously i can't take the next step to complete the purchase): 4.5* Wailea - Makena (<-- CLICK HERE and confirm your dates on the landing page) for $270/nite with: Business Center Restaurant Indoor or Outdoor Pool Fitness Center ... Wailea Beach Resort - Marriott, Maui would be my best guess for this one
  19. Glad you found something that worked for your needs and hopefully had a great trip. Thank you for closing this thread with your decision.
  20. Congratulations on your success! Glad to see you received the hotel you were hoping for and that you're happy with the results. Thank you for sharing your win and using the PRICELINE links on the board to begin your purchase. Enjoy your stay.
  21. Welcome to BetterBidding! For this hotel offer: 4* The Strip - Northeast (<-- CLICK HERE and confirm your dates on the landing page) for $50/nite with: Free Parking Business Center Restaurant Free Internet Indoor or Outdoor Pool Casino Free Internet in room Fitness Center Free Internet in public areas ==> SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino would be our best guess Does this work for your plans this trip? If not, let us know more about what it is that you are looking for, along with your maximum budget (per nite before fees/taxes), and we will try to help you find something that meets your criteria. 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.
  22. Let us know once your first set of dates are confirmed... but i think you would have better luck just calling the hotel, ask to speak with the revenue manager (or hotel manager if there is no revenue manager on-site), and let them know you have a need for a longterm stay, at a minimum 30 days (or 45 days if you think that is more realistic) and potentially up to 60+ days; ask what the best price they can do for you. From here you know your 'price to beat' from PRICELINE / HOTWIRE, as well as a starting point of where to negotiate with them. If you don't like their rate then call other hotel(s) in the area and repeat the process. I think you would have more success with 'The Courtyard (or whatever other hotel) has offered me $xx... can you match that rate (or "i'd prefer to be a little cheaper can you do it for $yy?")... from a business point of view i believe this is a better approach then "i think i have figured out your hotel and i'd like you to match the opaque rate". Two other notes: 1) i don't remember the exact details, and state laws are likely different and/or have changed since then, but if you have a continuous stay at the same property for xx days you may be able to get any sales tax refunded since your now a 'resident' as opposed to a 'hotel guest' (similar to how you don't pay tax on a home/apartment rental) (EDIT TO ADD: it looks like it's 90 days... but if this becomes a factor you should confirm the correct number of days and full details on your own) 2) if you go to the school district and show them your home purchase contract, they may allow you to start in the school system even if not living directly in the district at the start of the school year... this may give you other options than staying within the immediate area (assuming the commute to/from school is still do-able) 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. Keep us updated on your progress/decision and let us know how we can be of further help.
  23. Welcome to BetterBidding! What you're trying to achieve is going to be difficult, imo... although i did have a quick look and i think it may be possible for about the $150/nite area (before taxes/fees). Do you have a maximum budget in mind that would make this endeavor worthwhile? Do you need a specific 30 day period? However, let's say you are able to reasonably ID the hotel, how would the phone call to the hotel go: "I think i see your hotel offered, will you match the price?" 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.
  24. I assume that you're bidding for 2 rooms (given your bidding maximum and previous parameters from your first post)? Select 3* Stonybrook Bid $70, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE... Select 3* Hauppauge Bid $70, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE... Select 3* Airport Bid $70, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE... Select 3* Stonybrook and Hauppauge Bid $75, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE... Select 3* Stonybrook and Airport Bid $75, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE... Select 3* Stonybrook, Hauppauge, Airport Bid $80 If the above is rejected wait 24 hour and re-try (once again using our Bidding For Hotel Rooms website for quick and easy access to the priceline bidding page, and not using a link in any emails from priceline indicating that you're eligible to bid again) : Select 3* Stonybrook Bid $85, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE... Select 3* Hauppauge Bid $85, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE... Select 3* Airport Bid $85, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE... Select 3* Stonybrook and Hauppauge Bid $90, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE... Select 3* Stonybrook and Airport Bid $90, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE... Select 3* Stonybrook, Hauppauge, Airport Bid $95 If the above too is rejected, then this would become your least expensive option when combined with the board's Priceline Coupon: 3* Macarthur Airport (ISP) (<-- CLICK HERE and confirm your dates on the landing page) for $101/nite with: Free Parking Restaurant Free Internet available Free Internet ==> Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Holtsville Long Island our best guess here 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 how we can be of further help.
  25. Congratulations on your success! Glad to hear that the new Reveal Hotels website worked well for you and made this an easy purchase; a very nice deal for a 4* 'downtown' property in the heart of the city! Thank you for sharing your results and using the HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your purchase. Enjoy your stay.