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  1. Welcome to BetterBidding. Thank you for posting your winning bid information and contributing to the databasae of hotels. Have a great stay!
  2. You're not doing anything wrong, but i would suspect that it's your dates that are the problem. Priceline and Hotwire typically get inventory that the hotels don't expect to sell through conventional means, so if the AmeriSuites and/or Embassy Suites are sold out (ie- no availability) then there is nothing offered to Priceline or Hotwire to sell for those dates. I would guess that something is happening in town that nite, or there are an abundance of cruise ships in port the following day. Do you have a cancellable back-up booked? (if so, at where and at what price) Also, this is peak season
  3. For THEATER ATTENDEES ONLY: $10 Flat Fee for Up To 10 hours parking Click the above link for a list of participating garages, but here at the terms and conditions taken from the above page (note: same day ticket stub and coupon must be given to receive the special rate): Offer valid Monday through Friday after 5pm, and anytime on Saturdays or Sundays. Offer valid January 1 to May 31, 2003. Must turn in coupon and ticket stub for same day performances to receive special $10 rate. Offer subject to change. Rates are subject to and based on availability.
  4. That's GREAT!! I know how good it feels to be "done" with it all :) Just another example of how inventory can change at any time and sometimes it just requires a little patience and persistence. Welcome to BetterBidding and thank you for taking the time to post your winning bids, your input at the board is very much appreciated. Enjoy your hotel stays.
  5. If i remember correctly, the Hyatt was the hotel she stayed at last time, thru conventional means, no?
  6. Hey... a 2nd timer!! Just getting away locally for the nite again? Looks like you've found a way to make hotel rooms affordable that this can become a habit. Also nice to see you get a different hotel this time, so you can compare the two. Maybe a review of both when you return? Thanks again for posting your results.
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  8. Well, from the AmeriSuites website the rate for your successful bid date is $165, while Labor Day weekend is $229 ($119 for AAA discount). I would continue to monitor their website for any reductions in the above rates, and book a cancellable back-up in the meantime. I also checked Hotwire for each of your dates individually (and for 2 consecutive nites), and all showed no availability. Remember, Priceline and Hotwire each get excess inventory, and at this early stage of the game, the hotels can only guess what the demand will actually be like. Based upon the rates they're quoting above, the
  9. Welcome to BetterBidding. Thank your for taking the time to post your winning bids, it's only thru contributions such as your that this board is able to grow and flourish as it has been! FYI, in case you hadn't noticed (and for anyone else reading) there is a HOTEL REVIEWS section at the bottom of the main page. Thanks again for posting, and we look forward to seeing you around the board in the future.
  10. GLAD it worked out for you!!! Thanks for your support and letting us know about your success, both are very much appreciated. Welcome to Betterbidding, and have a great cruise!
  11. Priceline's cost: $33 Woo Hoo!! Sometimes you just get in a groove and guess right!! I've actually stayed in this hotel (a couple years ago) and enjoyed it more than my stay the following night at the nearby Hilton.
  12. Thanks for posting your winnng bid. Do you also happen to recall the star rating on this hotel? I will then add it to the "List of Hotels by City". Thanks in advance, and welcome to BetterBidding!
  13. Unless, of course, it comes from this site :)
  14. We're equally as glad to have you here! Could you please also list the amenities along with the star rating. The reason for this is explained here (in the last paragraph): What might be the Hotwire hotel in.... Do you only want to use Hotwire, or would you consider using Priceline as well? (ie- are there certain amenities that you absolutely 'must' have)
  15. I really enjoyed this hotel for our pre-cruise stay... very nice lobby, room had a unique set-up but was versatile, and the price certainly can't be beat. If you haven't done so already, check out the review of the Hyatt in the HOTEL REVIEWS section. Have a great cruise!!
  16. This list is NOT a complete list of all hotels that Priceline offers in this area, it is ONLY a compilation of hotels that have already been reported on this forum. Hotels are added/removed by Priceline 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 is always a good idea to look at the Priceline map before purchasing. DO NOT USE THIS LIST to determine what areas to add when attempting to bid again within the 24 hour window (CLICK HERE for information on how to add cities in order to bid again). In light of th
  17. Another thing regarding Hotwire's flight product.... it is unclear whether a 'direct flight' (one in which the plane lands and takes-off again, but you do not change planes) is considered a connection. About a year ago i called them and was told it was NOT considered a connection. If this is still their policy, you could actaully agree to 1 connection but land 4 times per a one-way trip.
  18. I don't believe so, when i was looking at "packages" it said something to the effect that all car rentals must be returned to the same location that it was picked up at. If you to their car rental page there is a link for a "one-way" option, but it just directs you to Orbitz.
  19. A common hotel "won" in the area is the downtown Hyatt, which i've stayed in and have a very favorable REVIEW. Two things you can do: 1) Call the Hyatt and the Sheraton directly (no need to mention priceline, just making an inquiry) and ask them if their rooms can accomodate 2 adults and 3 children in a room. (and if so, i would ultimately handle it the same way i described in the link above, have one adult check-in while the other family members "browse" the lobby, then call for a roll-away cot once you're in the room) Like i said above, i haven't heard of any families having a problem and i
  20. Individual states/countries are now set up as follows: Hotel List by City and Tips Hotwire (results and assistance) Priceline (results and assistance) How is it keeping the Hotel List by city separate from the results area? Would it better to keep each list by city 'pinned' at the top of their respective list? How about a pinned topic at the top if each list which would provide a link to the "list by city" (like i have done in Florida and California as an experiment). I'm trying to think IF there is a better way to have the board's layout, so i figured i'd ask our members.... is it best the
  21. Welcome to BetterBidding! The prices obtained thru Priceline and Hotwire can NOT be compared to the prices of other internet booking agencies like Expedia, Orbitz, etc. They're not in the same category. Some travel agents might be able to beat the prices of Orbitz, Expedia, and the hotel websites themselves, but i have yet to find a travel agent that can beat the prices offered thru Priceline or Hotwire (since these services require me to buy "blind", i always check rates after my purchase.... which also raises the question of how you can say your TA can beat Priceline and Hotwire rates since
  22. Priceline only guarantees accomodations for 2 people, and this can be a problem in cities known for small rooms (like NYC), but i haven't heard of any problems in this area for a small family such as yours getting accomodated. Which port in FL are you leaving from? (depending upon which port you're leaving from, i'll tell you how i would handle the above situation). Also, assuming it's mom, dad, and 3 children, what are the ages of the children? Like i said, i wouldn't expect, nor have i heard of, any problems in this area, but i would probably feel more comfortable if a "child" is 5 years
  23. Ms. WillTravel, How many stars is this hotel so i can add it to the hotel list by city? Thanks!
  24. Thanks for clarifying, confirmed and changing in the "master list".
  25. Ilander, Thanks for supplying those dates, as i also just learned something else from this search.... different properties come up depending upon whether you are doing an air+hotel search vs. car+hotel search. I tried the dates you supplied, only using the car+hotel package and couldn't produce the above Swan or Dolphin. I then tried for the same dates, but used the air+hotel option, and i received a MUCH more extensive list of properties.
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