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  1. A $26 bid for a midsize = $206.75 total on Priceline. You can get a midsize direct from Alamo for $214.98 by using contract ID IG on the alamo.com site (ABQ is part of this week's "last minute specials") Szymon
  2. The $18 PRICELINE bid for an economy = $88.92 total with taxes/fees for 3 days. If you use this coupon from Alamo you can get a compact car for $74.46 total. Szymon
  3. If you didn't prepay, you can cancel your Alamo reservation and rebook with Hertz with no penalties. Szymon
  4. Southwest has a deal through Hertz on their site: http://travel.southwest.com/specialoffers/....html?id=534097 For your dates a compact is about $83 total for the 3 days. Szymon
  5. Did you already book the Budget special through SWA? Cheapest I see on their site is $312. Szymon
  6. FYI - the Holiday Inn has been running $59/nt rates for some time now. These are fully cancellable (up to 4PM or 6PM day of checkin). That hotel also has a free shuttle to the airport. This may be a good backup hotel while you try bidding for something cheaper in the area. Szymon
  7. It's worth noting that American wants $544 for these same flights. Great deal! Szymon
  8. Since this is already a last minute rental it seems the rates are high due to a large number of cars rented. It's best if you reserve a "backup" reservation and then you can keep trying. Szymon
  9. If you use the Delta code K817625, you can get a fullsize SUV for $520 from Avis. Maybe use this as a backup reservation while you continue bidding. Szymon
  10. Yes, and it looks like there is no longer the 5 day minimum. Works on any rental. Szymon
  11. Was bidding for a friend - used your PRICELINE link. Tried Woodbridge zone up to $63 rejected. Friend was ok with Newark Airport area... I didn't think the Gateway Hilton would come up as regular rate is very high (more on this below). I bid this yesterday so 2 days prior to check-in. As this was a last minute, I raised each bid by $8. Previous bid of $38 was rejected. Total is $55/nt with taxes/fees = $275.55 The rate on hilton.com is $249/nt + tax = $283/nt. Unbelievable - Priceline rate for 5 nights is less than 1 night booking direct! Szymon
  12. Well, here's what happened on Monday. The rates went down, on both Hotwire (to $205) and CheapCaribbean. The new difference between rates combined with a $50 coupon to CheapCaribbean didn't warrant the "risk" that I would get a different property or that my claim will be rejected. Therefore I decided to book direct with CheapCaribbean. Thanks for your help and insight. Szymon
  13. Well it definitely sounds like I should give it a shot. According to the hotel web site, the hotel has 'superior' and 'superior oceanview' rooms. Expedia and CheapCaribbean both show the same room types. I will try booking using your HOTWIRE link tomorrow and filing the claim. I'll keep all screenshots in case they need them. Will update you on my results. Thanks, Szymon
  14. Hotwire has the following hotel listed for Grand Bahama Island. Dates: 7/27-8/3 Price: $264/nt Star rating: 3* Amenities: Resort, Beachfront, Food and Beverages Included, A La Carte Dining, Watersports/Activities included, Evening Entertainment Included, Daily Activities Included, Complimentary Breakfast, Children's Activity Program, Fitness Center, Pool, Restaurant, Laundry Facilities, Tennis Nearby, All-Inclusive This seems to be a match for the Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach. I believe this is the only true all-inclusive on the island (the Sheraton/Westin offer all-inclusive rates but I don't think this is either of them. FYI the Sheraton/Westin are being renamed to Our Lucaya Resort on 7/1). The Hotwire Vacation Packages product seems to list the same amenities EXCEPT FOR All-Inclusive. Not sure why they left it off. If this is a match, do you think it may be worthwhile to try a "double the difference" guarantee claim? CheapCaribbean.com has the Viva Wyndham listed for $218.50/nt so after "double the difference" my price would be $173/nt. Anyone have any experience with filing such a claim? Thanks! Szymon
  15. A $22 bid for a midsize on PRICELINE = $136.90 with taxes/fees. With the Hertz 50% off coupon on their website (PC 104182) you can get a midsize for your dates for $139.87 total. Szymon
  16. Sorry I missed your post previously. The Alamo last minute specials (that end today) code is IG. If you use that code, and the $25 off coupon from alamo.com (coupon code AD6974JDM) your total for 8 days for a compact is $199. If you miss my reply this morning, check alamo.com to see if they extended the last minute special for another week. Good luck, Szymon
  17. I had $50 bonus cash from the Twitter promo so decided to use it over 4th of July weekend. Tried bidding Cape Cod up to around $100 but rejected. So decided to go with Providence to save some $. We're planning to do short day trips to Block Island/Cape Cod/Newport from here. Previous bid of $38 ($21+bonus cash) rejected. Bid of $42 (technically $25+$16.67 bonus = $41.67) was accepted at the NYLO Hotel. It's not on your list but the reviews on TripAdvisor and Priceline are good. Seems to be a converted mill/warehouse - and NYLO is an "urban green boutique" chain with "loft style" rooms. So my total with taxes was $100 after bonus cash so $33.33 per night. Expedia has the hotel for $69+tax =$77/nt for these dates. Clicked on your PRICELINE link first, then copied and pasted link to bonus cash page - hope that worked for you. Thanks, Szymon
  18. So your pickup date is 6/20 12:05AM with a dropoff 6/23 10AM (total of 4 rental days)? A $35 bid for a fullsize with taxes/fees = $201.09 Using the 50% off weekends promotion at hertz.com (PC code 104182), you can get a fullsize for $142.84 total with taxes/fees. Szymon
  19. The Advantage web site (now taken over by Hertz as part of its Simply Wheelz brand) says it's $15/day for under 25. So with taxes your 4 day rental will be about $200. Hertz is running a promotion for no underage fees on their web site. For your dates, their rate is also about $200. As for the insurance, check with your credit card company to see if they would cover you. If not, you can purchase at the counter. Szymon
  20. szymon

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    Another option is to pick up in town and return at the airport. For example Budget.com wants $368 for a pickup/return at the airport of a minivan for your dates. The same minivan is $360 when picked up at the Stratosphere and returned to the airport. Szymon
  21. A $24 bid for a fullsize = $142 total with taxes. A fullsize from Dollar.com is $170.73 total. Why don't you book that as your backup so you have a rental in case rates go up (you can always cancel free of charge). Then continue watching rates and try bidding lower closer to your date. Szymon
  22. Yes, it's early :) But 1) I had $5/nt bonus cash expiring on 4/30 so wanted to bid for this as we go to the Big E every year. 2) Due to the Big E, this hotel was sold out last year when we were bidding (and last year our bid was $58) as you can see in this priceline winning bid. So a bid of $38 + $5 bonus cash got me the Crowne Plaza. Total with taxes for 2 nights = $94.73. Went through your link as always. Best rate on hotel web site was $84.49 per night ($94.63 with taxes). So got exactly 50% off. Szymon
  23. Bid $37 using your PRICELINE link for a 3* in the West End. Got a one time offer to raise the bid by $10. Raised by $5 instead to $42 and added free rebid zone. Accepted at the Holiday Inn. Hotel reviews seem good as it has been recently renovated. Szymon
  24. If you use the one free day coupon for Alamo from VacationOutlet.com, you can get a 7 day PBI->TPA (5/20-5/27) for $273.39 total w/taxes. This would be for a compact car. Or using the same coupon, 5 day PBI -> PBI (5/20-5/25) is $179.12 total w/taxes for a compact. And then you can get the 2 day PBI->TPA (5/25-5/27) for $48 total, so you'd have a total of $227.12 Szymon
  25. If you use the Alamo free day coupon at vacationoutlet.com, you can get the Alamo compact for $730.99 total for your dates. This is a fully cancellable reservation and should be used as your backup. Szymon
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