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  1. The below if from this Should i Split My (longer stay) Bid "When bidding on Priceline, it appears that Priceline must have access to inventory for each night at your bid rate or lower, for your bid to be accepted. If you are bidding for 2 nites, and Priceline's rate is $50 for the first night and $100 for the second night... you're bid for $75/night will NOT be accepted. So if there is a big difference in rates during your stay, you MAY want to consider splitting your stay into two different bids." If i were in your shoes, i would split my bid, knowing the risk that i may have to change hotel
  2. The following information has been taken from the Vacation Package option at Hotwire. This section does NOT show specific zones, so the hotels below will be moved to the upper section once zones and actual "wins" can be confirmed. As always, there can be hotels that do not appear on the list and the one above. As well, hotel ratings are subject to change at any time. HAWAII - Big Island 5* Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Resort, Beach Access, Beachfront, Restaurant, Pool, Fitness Center, Business Center, Golf, Tennis, Spa, Children's Activities 4* Waikoloa Beach Marriott, an Outrigger Resort (previo
  3. The following information has been taken from the Vacation Package option at Hotwire. This section does NOT show specific zones, so the hotels below will be moved to the upper section once zones and actual "wins" can be confirmed. As always, there can be hotels that do not appear on the list and the one above. As well, hotel ratings are subject to change at any time. Seattle 4* Alexis Hotel Amenities: Boutique, Restaurant, Fitness Center, Business Center, Spa 4.5* Hotel Monaco - Seattle Amenities: Boutique, Restaurant, Fitness Center, Business Center 4* Hotel Vintage Park Amenities: Boutique,
  4. Welcome to BetterBidding and thanks for posting your results! You gave the total as $337.70, so doing some backwards math i figure the taxes per nite come to $6.35 ($6.35 x 5 = $31.75). If that is correct, and the tax rate is 12.45%, then the lowest acceptable bid would be $51. I haven't looked at this zone in a while, so i was surprised to see the Back Bay and Copley areas have merged :) Have a great trip.
  5. You should ask the limo company about how to have them come pick you up. I've never used them, but have heard good things about them. Once you are successful with a hotel, i would inquire if there is a car/shuttle that could drop you off directly at the the hotel instead of the MIA airport (a cab from airport to hotel is ~$20, from hotel to pier is ~$8). If they can drop you at the hotel, it'll save you some money, and may be worth it even if they put people on the shuttle/car that are in other nearby hotels and you have to stop there first. Assuming you've covered all the bases and are rea
  6. This list is NOT a complete list of all hotels that Hotwire offers in this area, it is ONLY a compilation of hotels that have already been reported on this forum. Hotels are added/removed by Hotwire all the time, and star ratings can change at ANY time. As well, the geographic boundaries of an area are subject to change, so it's always a good idea to look at the Hotwire map before purchasing. In light of the above, you MAY get a hotel that ism NOT on this list, or get a hotel on this list but at a star level you didn't expect (if the star rating has changed). Lastly, this board (and its memb
  7. This list is NOT a complete list of all hotels that Hotwire offers in this area, it is ONLY a compilation of hotels that have already been reported on this forum. Hotels are added/removed by Hotwire all the time, and star ratings can change at ANY time. As well, the geographic boundaries of an area are subject to change, so it's always a good idea to look at the Hotwire map before purchasing. In light of the above, you MAY get a hotel that is NOT on this list, or get a hotel on this list but at a star level you didn't expect (if the star rating has changed). Lastly, this board (and its membe
  8. This list is NOT a complete list of all hotels that Hotwire offers in this area, it is ONLY a compilation of hotels that have already been reported on this forum. Hotels are added/removed by Hotwire all the time, and star ratings can change at ANY time. As well, the geographic boundaries of an area are subject to change, so it's always a good idea to look at the Hotwire map before purchasing. In light of the above, you MAY get a hotel that is NOT on this list, or get a hotel on this list but at a star level you didn't expect (if the star rating has changed). Lastly, this board (and its membe
  9. This list is NOT a complete list of all hotels that Hotwire offers in this area, it is ONLY a compilation of hotels that have already been reported on this forum. Hotels are added/removed by Hotwire all the time, and star ratings can change at ANY time. As well, the geographic boundaries of an area are subject to change, so it's always a good idea to look at the Hotwire map before purchasing. In light of the above, you MAY get a hotel that is NOT on this list, or get a hotel on this list but at a star level you didn't expect (if the star rating has changed). Lastly, this board (and its membe
  10. This list is NOT a complete list of all hotels that Hotwire offers in this area, it is ONLY a compilation of hotels that have already been reported on this forum. Hotels are added/removed by Hotwire all the time, and star ratings can change at ANY time. As well, the geographic boundaries of an area are subject tom change, so it's always a good idea to look at the Hotwire map before purchasing. In light of the above, you MAY get a hotel that is NOT on this list, or get a hotel on this list but at a star level you didn't expect (if the star rating has changed). Lastly, this board (and its memb
  11. This list is NOT a complete list of all hotels that Hotwire offers in this area, it is ONLY a compilation of hotels that have already been reported on this forum. Hotels are added/removed by Hotwire all the time, and star ratings can change at ANY time. As well, the geographic boundaries of an area are subject to change, so it's always a good idea to look at the Hotwire map before purchasing. In light of the above, you MAY get a hotel that is NOT on this list, or get a hotel on this list but at a star level you didn't expect (if the star rating has changed). Lastly, this board (and its membe
  12. That's FANTASTIC! I'm glad you had time on your side and could afford to be patient. Hope you and your family have a great trip (and enjoy your "fresh cooked eggs" in the morning :) ) This is a prime example of why I don't favor one over the other (Priceline vs. Hotwire), i think they each serve a purpose given your needs, and i'm glad that you were able to use the differences to your advantage. Thanks for posting your results.
  13. That's GREAT news!! I'm glad it worked out for you!! Thank you for the well wishes for the site, and with great advocates and experiences like your own, i'm sure we'll continue to grow. We look forward to seeing your family and friends here to witness what they deem "impossible." :) I will once again only take credit for making the site available, it's the community of the members that is being built here that makes it possible for users to get great deals such as this one. Have a great cruise! (i'm taking a cruise in August too, so i know how it feels to be looking forward to something th
  14. Looks good to me!! Taxes in NYC are 13.25% so 47.28/.1325 = 357(GBP) I'd imagine the 3GBP is just due to some rounding error. What is the current conversion rate of GBP to USD? Thanks for posting!
  15. I'm sure that's how some would do it, but not how i would plan my itinerary (but like i said, others would do it differently than i). Arriving at 9:30pm wouldn't be late enough to get me to stay in Ft. Lauderdale. IMO, it'll be a hassle to bring all my luggage to the hotel shuttle, then carry it all back the next day, then get the cruise line shuttle. I would prefer to arrive in Ft. Lauderdale and head immediately to Miami, this way i can get a fresh start the next day and relax a little bit more in the morning. There are private shuttle companies that can take you from FLL to MIA (and pro
  16. We were all new at one point... welcome to BetterBidding! From your title i assume you're flying into FLL and your ship leaves from Miami Pier? Is there a reason why you want to stay in the Ft. Lauderdale area rather than closer to the ship by staying in Miami? (the choice is yours, i don't know if you're flight gets in very late, you have people to see in the area, etc, etc) Without any of these other circumstances, i personally prefer to stay closer to the ship, but if i'm getting in very late i would just stay in Ft. Lauderdale. Either way, we can help. However, i don't think you'll find
  17. I appreciated the post and am glad you did post it! <thank you> I think it's important to post ALL wins (even if they're on the list already or are over-bids). It gives an idea of frequency of success if one hotel comes up much more frequently than another in the same zone, and over-bids gives a realistic view (for newbies) that we don't hit all of them at the exact price. As i said earlier, still a great price given the circumstances and better than anything else that s/he could have received without using Priceline/Hotwire.
  18. As well for the benefit to others... Cheezehead is an experienced bidder, there's only one re-bid in the zone, and this stay is for same-day arrival. So the lesson is that Priceline can save you a lot of money when bidding close to arrival, but it's to your advantage to bid in advance so that you have time on your side in order to get the best price possible. Still a great deal and a LOT more hotel than you can get for the money through any other means, but i'd imagine this bid would have been closer to cost if it was a few weeks prior to arrival instead of a few hours. PS- thanks for the head
  19. You're not doing anything wrong (although i would have made my second bid at $35, but that didn't effect your outcome at all). Remember, Priceline gets "excess inventory", so it's likely that the hotels just haven't released any inventory to Priceline yet. Inventory can change at anytime, so hang in there. Be both persistent and patient. I would continue to bidding the same advice about once a week (so you don't get too frustrated), but to ease your mind in the meantime, book yourself a back-up that is 100% cancellable. This will put your mind at ease and not make you too anxious about it.
  20. The following information has been taken from the Vacation Package option at Hotwire. This section does NOT show specific zones, so the hotels below will be moved to the upper section once zones and actual "wins" can be confirmed. As always, there can be hotels that do not appear on the list and the one above. As well, hotel ratings are subject to change at any time. LAS VEGAS 5* Bellagio Amenities: Casino, Restaurant, Pool, Fitness, Business Center, Golf, Tennis, Spa 4* The Mirage Amenities: Resort, Casino, Restaurant, Pool, Fitness Center, Hi-Speed Internet, Business Center, Golf, Tennis, Sp
  21. The following information has been taken from the Vacation Package option at Hotwire. This section does NOT show specific zones, so the hotels below will be moved to the upper section once zones and actual "wins" can be confirmed. As always, there can be hotels that do not appear on the list and the one above. As well, hotel ratings are subject to change at any time. NEW YORK CITY 4* Sheraton NY Hotel and Towers (previously 4.5*, then 3.5*, now 4*) Amenities: Restaurant, Fitness Center, Hi-Speed Internet, Business Center 4.5* W New York Amenities: Boutique, Fitness, Hi-Speed Internet, Busi
  22. CLICK FOR: OR Orlando (Airport MCO) 4* Hyatt Regency Amenities: Shuttle, Restaurant, Pool, Fitness, Hi-Speed Internet, Tennis, Business OR Amenities: Shuttle, Restaurant, Pool, Fitness, Hi-Speed Internet, Business (same as Renaissance) 4* Renaissance Airport (previously 3.5*) Amenities: Shuttle, Restaurant, Pool, Fitness, Hi-Speed Internet, Business OR Amenities: Shuttle, Restaurant, Pool, Fitness, Hi-Speed Internet, Business, Smoke Free (same as Hyatt) 3.5* Crowne Plaza (now Doubletree Orlando Airport) Customer Favorite Amenities: Shuttle, Restaurant, Pool, Fitness, Hi-Speed Internet, Busi
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