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  1. Welcome to BetterBidding and thank you for posting your winning bid(s)!! Could you please note which sub-region of Orange County this hotels falls into? I didn't see Placentia listed as a sub-zone and i'm not familiar with the area. THANKS!
  2. :) Gotcha now, thanks for explaining that further! (and a good point!)
  3. WillTravel, I don't understand what you are saying here, although i do agree with your calculation. Priceline bonus money is actually "paid" by Priceline, so dividing the nitely taxes paid by the tax rate: $6 / .1575 = $38. I think that $38 is indeed the price that Priceline paid for the room. Why do you suspect that Priceline's cost has to be more than this?
  4. Welcome to BetterBidding. Thank you for sharing your winning bid results with us... the time you took to do so is very much appreciated as i'm sure others will benefit from the information.
  5. Welcome to BetterBidding. Thank you for posting your results and including the amenities in your post. Could you also please add what zone within Orlando this hotel falls into... in doing a search it looks like it's in the (Universal Orlando - SeaWorld). Is that correct? THANKS in advance!
  6. I haven't received any <yet>, but i'm starting to hear about $10 bonus money getting mailed out again. Please post in this thread if you can confirm this, and of course, if you're not using yours: 1) Post it here 2) Ask others to PM you 3) PM me the code and i will give it out to the first registered user to PM me (i will post when somebody PM'd me with it, so don't PM me know <unless you have something to say :) >) The last 2 options prevent the lurkers from grabbing them :)
  7. Thanks for posting this! Extended stays such as this are often difficult and require a split stay OR changing hotels, so i'm glad to see your success and have it work out exactly as you had wanted.
  8. Sam, Thanks for clarifying.... since you gave a clue, i decided to try to map it out. If you (or anyone else) knows the area somewhat, please take a look at this MAP and compare it to Priceline's map of the area. It seems like this hotel is east of Englischter Garten, which would put it in the EAST zone. Hopefully Welldone Rumproast will return and clarifty if nobody knows for sure. Thanks for any add'l help anyone can add.
  9. Thanks for the compliment. Yes, the board is less than 3 months old. If you really have an interest, I started to loosely keep track of our progress somewhat using the Calendar link near the top right of the board. If you click on it, you can see the date we went "live" and see how the rate of members and posts keeps growing. I will <once again> point out that while i do put a lot of time and effort into this, i only supply the mechanism.... the boards success and growth are attributable to the users that post their results and give suggestions on how to improve the format.
  10. We don't have any reported wins in this area yet, so can't say for certain what will come up. Priceline does not offer hotels in Cape Canaveral, but does offer 2*, 2.5*, and 3* hotels in Cocoa Beach. I looked at Hotwire and they offer a 3* hotel on the beach for $57 and a 2.5* on the beach for $46. Given those prices, i think you'll be able to get a little cheaper on Priceline, and therefore beat the $50 Motel 6 you have as a back-up (or at the very least, upgrade the quality of your hotel). As far as when to bid, give this a read: Should i Bid Early or Close to Arrival Date . Since we have no experience in this zone, and you have one re-bid available for the Cocoa Beach area (when bidding for 2.5* or 3*), i think you'd be best starting this at least a few months before you stay so that you have multiple opportunities to bid (you can read about re-bidding Priceline Re-Bidding Explained Here I checked Expedia and it looks as if the 3* hotels in the area (on the beach referenced above via Hotwire) are likely the Hilton or DoubleTree (there could be others, but these are at least 2 possibilities). Let us know if/when you are ready to bid, and i'll supply a detailed bidding strategy for you to follow. If you have any additional quesions before then, feel free to ask!
  11. There is only enough space on HOTWIRE's interface to hold 8 amenity icons.... if there are 8 icons shown in the hotel description, you may want to click on the CONTINUE button next to the offering, then click the "See all amenities" under the icons on the ensuing page. NOTE: currently there is also a coding issue in the pop-up menu in that it doesn't show scrollbars, so you may need to presss CTRL+A on your keyboard, copy the amenities, and then paste to a text program such as WORDPAD or NOTEPAD
  12. With their new "package" product you can see a variety of hotels in each area. In doing so i saw Sheartons offered in both NYC and Chicago, some Westin properties offered throughout the country, so i stopped there as that probably answers the question that Starwood does indeed participate with Hotwire (although they may not participate with all brands).
  13. I assumed it was a 3*, but i just wanted to confirm. To clarify my comment further with a ficticious example... if you bid a 3* hotel for $50 and Priceline can't find any, BUT they have a 4* hotel available at $50, they can upgrade you to the 4* hotel and accept your bid. This is why when you bid at any given star level, you're actually bidding for that quality level and higher. Glad to have introduced you to the Priceline 'game', and looking forward to seeing your future winning bids!
  14. Two Boys Cruising, If you haven't seen this thread you may want to give it a read in order to save a few extra dollars:Priceline Suggests Price to Pay Generally speaking, you can almost always undercut these couter offers, assuming of course you have time on your side or re-bid zones available. On the other hand, some people just don't want to be bothered bidding again, which is fine. I just wanted to at least make sure you were aware. As always, thank you for sharing your results.
  15. TG, Thanks for posting your results. What zone in LV is this hotel located in? Thanks!
  16. If you have them, could you please supply taxes and/or bid history... -the taxes will help others in the future figure out Priceline's cost for this property -supplying your (extensive, in this case) bid history will assist some of the newbies in knowing that it's not always 1, 2, 3... done! Sometimes it does take a little effort and persistence. Also, was this in Waikiki North or Waikiki South? THANKS for posting!
  17. Sorry to hear of your mistake, but if you feel any better, it happens to all of us eventually. Even if you had to eat this one and re-bid for the airport zone, i think you'd still be way ahead of the game. Just have to look at it as one of the costs of doing business (with Priceline). By the way, did you make the same mistake as your friend? Your title states 3/28, but i think you meant to type 4/28 :) Which date is correct?
  18. Thanks for posting your winning bid, and welcome to the board! Could you also supply the sub-zone of Milwaukee that this hotel resides in? North, Northwest, Downtown, South, Pewaukee, Brookfield) Would it be correct that it's downtown since the Hilton Centre is also classified as the downtown area? Thanks!
  19. I believe that the Downtown area is closest, but i was going by WillTravel's comments above. If you look at this MAP which i believe is the cruise ship terminal area, and compare it to the Priceline map, the downtown area is the only one that seems to be close. Maybe WillTravel can confirm. Since you want a 3* or better, just follow the strategy above for 3* hotels, since that maxes out at $50. Let us know how it goes.
  20. Thanks for posting.... looks like somebody's been bit by the Priceline bug :) I'm going to add 3* to the title, if for some reason that's incorrect (due to Priceline upgrading you to 4*) please let me know. Thanks again for posting your great deal!
  21. I also forgot to ask you about what star level and price you were looking to spend, and since the turn-around time on this one (me getting back to you) has already been longer than i had hoped (sorry, i've been very busy lately!) i took the liberty of coming up with 2 bidding strategies, one for 3*quality level and one for 4* quality levels. Each was written with the assumption that you'd like the downtown area and would rather put in a little extra effort (maybe up to an extra 20 minutes) in order to get the best possible price. Based upon prior "wins", I think a 3* hotel will likely cost about $45, while 4* hotel will cost between $60-$75... if you'd like less expensive hotel options (1*, 2*, or 2.5*, just post back and i'll revise the strategy. Of course, if the maximum you want to spend is $60 (for example), you could always try the 4* strategy up to the $60 mark, and then, if rejected, start completely over with the 3* strategy. Hopefully you're familiar with re-bidding, but if not, give this a read: Bidding Again before 72 hours , and ask any questions that you may have. 4* Bidding Strategy you have 8 rebids available for this quality level and DOWNTOWN, so that's 9 bids total (your original bid plus 8 re-bids=9) Bid $50, if rejected add a re-bid zone and... Bid $55, if rejected add a re-bid zone and... Bid $60, if rejected add a re-bid zone and... Bid $63, if rejected add a re-bid zone and... Bid $66, if rejected add a re-bid zone and... Bid $69, if rejected add a re-bid zone and... Bid $72, if rejected add a re-bid zone and... Bid $75, if rejected add a re-bid zone and... Bid $80 I think you'll be successful with the above strategy, but if not, let us know and we'll revise the strategy for another round of bidding in 72 hours. 3* Bidding Strategy you have 4 re-bids at this quality level and DOWNTOWN, for a total of 5 bids Bid $40, if rejected add a re-bid zone and... Bid $42, if rejected add a re-bid zone and... Bid $45, if rejected add a re-bid zone and... Bid $48, if rejected add a re-bid zone and... Bid $50 I think the above strategy will be successful at the 3* level, but if not, post back and we'll revise the plan to the next round of bidding in 72 hours. If you need help or have any questions, please feel free to ask! Looking forward to hearing how the results.
  22. Sorry, what is the nite of your hotel stay? Your first post indicates one nite, but your last post implies 2 nites. Just trying to clarify. Thanks.
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