thereuare

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  1. Even through traditional booking channels, it looks like on-site availability is low and prices are high... not a good combination for 'choosing' the hotel you want at a deeply discounted price. What looks to be the Dolphin is offered for just $133/nite: 4* HOTWIRE Walt Disney World - Bonnet Creek for $133 Resort Smoke Free Fitness Pool Restaurant Business Hi-Speed Internet Golf Spa Given how high rates are elsewhere maybe you can make this work for your needs at this price, but other than this, do you see any options (even through more traditional booking channels) that meet your needs and budget? 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.
  2. With HOTWIRE there is no bidding... you pay the (discounted) price that the hotel is being offered at; it's just like PRICELINE EXPRESS (if you have used that side of Priceline's service) The 'problem' is that you can't necessarily use the HOTWIRE rate to choose your bidding amount since: 1) the HOTWIRE hotel may not have the same star rating on PRICELINE 2) the HOTWIRE hotel may not be in the same zone on PRICELINE 3) the HOTWIRE hotel may not be available through PRICELINE ... few other 'in-depth' reasons too but the three above should be enough to explain some of the challenges. So you can use the HOTWIRE price to determine a maximum bid (since any higher you might be better off just taking the HOTWIRE offer) but you can't necessarily rely on being able to undercut it by bidding. As well, you probably wouldn't want to bid on Hotwire in this situation (even if they did offer this service) since you apparently like the Mercure better than the Russel Court, and since these are both 4 star hotels that are in the same zone, there would be no way to target the Mercure while avoiding the Russel Court. However, also to add, i'm no longer seeing the Mercure offered when searching for your complete stay... although i am now seeing The Parkcity London (in the Kensington - Shepherds Bush - Westfield London zone) for $122/nite which gets good reviews should this also work for your needs. 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 your thoughts and we'll take it from there.
  3. Congratulations on your success! Nice to see you were able to get something very affordable for this nite and that this satisfies your needs while in the area. Thank you for using the PRICELINE links on the board to begin your purchase and sharing your win, helping add add this hotel and amenity set to the Indianapolis Priceline Express Hotel List. Enjoy your stay.
  4. I'm not sore sure $100 is going to do it (since the lower price is seen on HOTWIRE and you're currently bidding on priceline), but to give it a try: When bidding 4 stars in the London area you have currently have SIX re-bid zones available. If you're not familiar with re-bidding, see Priceline Re-Bidding Explained... Select 4* The City, Westminster, Kensington, Mayfair Bid $85, if rejected add re-bid zone... Bid $88, if rejected add re-bid zone... Bid $90, if rejected add re-bid zone... Bid $93, if rejected add re-bid zone... Bid $95, if rejected add re-bid zone... Bid $98, if rejected add re-bid zone... Bid $100 I would first try your complete set of dates, then if rejected try: 12/10-12/15 12/11-12/16 12/10-12/14 12/12-12/16 12/10-12/13 12/13-12/16 Any questions feel free to ask. 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. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
  5. To confirm, your trip is really for 6 nites (12/10-12/16) but you're willing to split into two separate purchases? If the above is accurate is 12/10-12/14 and 12/14-12/16 the only way that you're willing to split, or would any combination of dates work? (ie- would 12/10-12/13 and 12/13-12/16 also be acceptable..... or 12/12-12/16) Also, for your complete stay, HOTWIRE has what appears to be: Russel Court Hotel (mixed reviews) for $95/nite Mercure London Kensington Hotel for $119/nite ==> would either of these be acceptable and cause you to lower your maximum bid 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. Please confirm the information above and we'll take it from there. PS- if you haven't bid on priceline in awhile note that they have been moving/hiding the bidding page, if you're having trouble locating it, we have set up the following site for quick and easy access to the bidding side of priceline: BiddingForHotelRooms.com
  6. You don't mention what it is that you're looking for in a hotel for this trip so i can't really comment how this fits your plans for this trip.. What are your plans while in the area this stay... do you prefer to be near one specific park? A resort-like setting important? A nice pool? Budget? What made you choose this offer when there are others that are higher rated and less expensive (especially when including Bonnet Creek as an option and when considering HOTWIRE too)? Are your travel plans for this date firm? 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.
  7. Do you see either the Animal Kingdom or the Art of Animation available (even though regular booking channels) at a price that is acceptable to your budget? 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. 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.
  9. I don't see availability at either the Animal Kingdom or Art of Animation for your dates. 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.
  10. Welcome to BetterBidding! Any of the following work for your needs (all are before fees/taxes): Swan for $196/nite Dolphin for $170/nite Coronado Springs for $207/nite Caribbean Beach Resort for $223/nite (confirm your dates on the landing page of any links above) Your thoughts? 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. OK, here we go... PRICELINE only guarantees double occupancy, so using their service for more than double occupancy can be a bit risky (especially in NYC where rooms are notoriously small and hotels often have a high percentage of rooms with only one bed and little/no space for a roll-away bed to be brought into the room... and rooms with 2 beds often are considered an upgrade and cost more). The one exception to this would be if you can find a PRICELINE EXPRESS Del hotel that offers a 'Bed Choice' and one of those choices is a room that is designed to accommodate 4 guests. --> Unfortunately i don't currently see any PRICELINE EXPRESS hotels rated 3.5* or higher rated hotels in NYC at under $200/nite that show a Bed Choice option. HOWEVER, HOTWIRE allows you to search for up to quad occupancy and guarantees that there will be sleeping accommodations for everyone that you include in your search. However, i'm not seeing any 3.5* rated hotels for your dates for under $200/nite when searching for quad occupancy. So your options come down to: -lowering your star rating -increasing your budget -staying outside of Manhattan (at a nearby location where you can commute into the city via bus/train) Alternately, if your plans are not yet firm (ie- you have not yet purchased airline tix) and you're able to delay your trip by 1 week you should see some better pricing as Dec 15 is right on the cusp of when we tend to go from some of the highest rates of the year drop to slightly more reasonable levels.... if you could delay even further (Dec 20-24) or into January/February it is one of the slowest times of the year for NYC and you will see rates at about half of what you're seeing for your original dates above. 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 your thoughts, and how flexible (if at all) you are with the dates and we'll take it from there.
  12. Please start by following-up your previous Orlando Hotwire hotel and Hotwire Disney threads with whatever you ended up doing for each of those trips. 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. For the offer above, have you tried using our newly updated BiddingHelper.com tool: 1) enter your travel dates and searchat BiddingHelper.com 2) click the PRICELINE EXPRESS tab 3) hover your mouse over (or click) the blue 'FIND MATCH in HOTEL LIST' button --> do you see the name of the 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.
  13. Welcome to BetterBidding! Historically this is a very expensive weekend in NYC as it often brings lots of international travelers doing their last minute holiday shopping. As well, needing a room for quad occupancy is going to likely limit your options and increase the price. So we can get started seeing what is available, what is your expected budget for this trip? (per nite before fees/taxes) 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 regarding your budget and we'll take it from there.
  14. PRICELINE EXPRESS shows no 5 star hotels in the Aspen zone for your dates. Hotwire has: 5* HOTWIRE Snowmass for $520 Free Internet Resort Pet Friendly Slopeside Shuttle Smoke Free Fitness Pool Restaurant ==> Viceroy Snowmass You can see hotels offered in other nearby zones and/or lower star ratings in this zone using the method i discussed in your other thread: 1) search for your travel dates at BiddingHelper.com 2) click the PRICELINE EXPRESS or HOTWIRE EASY VIEW tabs 3) hover your mouse (or click on a mobile device) the blue 'FIND MATCH in HOTEL LIST' ... the best guess will be shown almost instantly (or if an instant guess can't be made, an additional click will perform more extensive research) Does the offer above (or any others that you identified thru BiddingHelper.com) work for your needs? Is $500 in your expected budget for this leg of your trip? 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.
  15. Least expensive 5 star in Soho-Tribeca (from HOTWIRE... PRICELINE EXPRESS shows no 5* offered in this zone for your dates): 5* HOTWIRE SoHo - Tribeca for $194 Pet Friendly Boutique Smoke Free Fitness Restaurant Hi-Speed Internet ==> 11 Howard New York You can easy find the lowest price (as well as a guess as to the hotel being offered) using our Bidding Helper tool: 1) search for your travel dates at BiddingHelper.com 2) click the PRICELINE EXPRESS or HOTWIRE EASY VIEW tabs 3) hover your mouse (or click on a mobile device) the blue 'FIND MATCH in HOTEL LIST' ... the best guess will be shown almost instantly (or if an instant guess can't be made, an additional click will perform more extensive research) 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.
  16. So based upon your parameters is this very affordable 5 star: 5* Times Square - Theatre District (<-- CLICK HERE and confirm your dates on the landing page) for $150/nite with: Fitness Center Restaurant No Smoking Rooms/Facilities Free Internet ==> The Michelangelo Hotel Does this work for your needs and budget? 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.
  17. So what was the offer that you agreed to? Were there any previous offers that you had turned down? This will likely take 3-4 weeks before you see any changes on their site. Can you please also confirm the room rate per nite when you paid (before any settlement you worked out with PRICELINE) so we can accurately reflect this in the topic title of the thread. Glad to see you were able to get this resolved. Enjoy the holidays in the city!
  18. Congratulations on your success! Looks like a great deal and hope this works well for your plans. Thank you for sharing your win and using the PRICELINE links on the board to begin your purchase. Enjoy your stay.
  19. Thank you for sharing your results with the board. Not sure if you didn't like either of the hotels above, but each was offered for substantially less than $160, so not sure why you continued to raise your bid over the price of the ones above. Be sure to use our BiddingHelper.com for your future bidding, as it: 1) will offer a guess as to the PRICELINE EXPRESS or HOTWIRE hotel being offered for 2) shows regular rate prices of hotels of the same star rating in the zone, thereby determining if the PRICELINE EXPRESS / HOTWIRE offer is a good deal or not, and makes it easy to know what your maximum bid for a hotel of this star rating in the zone should be 3) has a priceline bidding form 'ready to go' if you decide not to go with the PRICELINE EXPRESS or HOTWIRE offers Hopefully once you got PRICELINE on the phone it was easy enough to have them refund the difference and that you ultimately had a fun time in NYC! 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. Feel free to ask for a strategy before bidding in the future as i'm sure we could have prevented this overbid.
  20. Congratulations on your success! Glad to see you received the hotel you were hoping for and that you're pleased with the results. 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.
  21. Congratulations on your success! Nicely done! Glad to see you received a nice deal and are happy with the outcome. Thank you for sharing your win and using the PRICELINE links on the board to begin your purchase. Enjoy your stay.
  22. For starters how do any of these work for your needs: 3* Richmond West End (<-- CLICK HERE and confirm your dates on the landing page) for $67/nite with: Free Parking Fitness Center Business Center Restaurant No Smoking Rooms/Facilities Free Internet Indoor or Outdoor Pool ==> Courtyard by Marriott Richmond West 3.5* Midlothian (<-- CLICK HERE and confirm your dates on the landing page) for $71/nite with: Free Parking Pets Allowed Fitness Center Business Center Restaurant No Smoking Rooms/Facilities Free Internet Indoor or Outdoor Pool ==> Four Points by Sheraton Midlothian You an identify these, as well as most other hotels, using a new feature of our BiddingHelper.com tool. Using the BiddingHelper to start your search, then in the EASY VIEW tab or the PRICELINE EXPRESS tab, hover your mouse (or click) the 'FIND MATCH in HOTEL LIST' button and you should reveal the name of the hotel. If you decide to bid on priceline (we have set up the site BiddingForHotelRooms.com for easy access to the bidding page) how do you ensure that the hotel you will receive includes Free Parking? 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 (or how it goes if you take one of the offers above) and we'll take it from there.
  23. The BiddingHelper.com tool has a new feature, in the HOTWIRE EASY VIEW for this listing hover your mouse over (or click) the 'FIND MATCH in HOTEL LIST' button, for this offer: 3* HOTWIRE Portsmouth for $168 Complimentary Breakfast Free Parking Free Internet Suite Pet Friendly Indoor Pool Smoke Free Fitness Pool ==> you'll see the best guess would be the Portsmouth Homewood Suites This method should identify most hotels in the EASY VIEW as well as the PRICELINE EXPRESS tab. Let us know how it goes or how we can be of further help.
  24. You can easily identify this, as well as most other HOTWIRE and PRICELINE EXPRESS, hotels using a new feature we have added to our bidding helper tool. Search using the BiddingHelper.com tool, then in the HOTWIRE EASY VIEW or PRICELINE EXPRESS tab hover over the 'FIND MATCH in HOTEL LIST' button... if a hotel is not found further instructions are provided in order to have our systems do a 'deeper dive' and further research. For this offer: 3* HOTWIRE Mississauga for $46 Free Parking Free Internet Indoor Pool Smoke Free Fitness Pool Restaurant Business ==> Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Mississauga/West would be the best guess 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.
  25. I'm not really seeing anything that is close to $100/nite, there is this 3 star: 3* HOTWIRE Flamingos - Bucerias - La Cruz de Huanacaxtle for $29 Free Internet Pet Friendly Smoke Free Pool Restaurant ==> Bungallows Princess is the best guess for this one I don't know anything about this property, but after this one, prices jump to the $150-$175 range. 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 and let us know how we can be of further help.