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  1. Finally won this after bidding steadily from $90 over several days. I was bidding for 3.5* in any of the central Boston zones (Beacon Hill, Boston Common-Theater District, Downtown Boston-Harbor Front, and Copley Square-Back Bay). This is a free upgrade to 4* and since there are a lot more 4* than 3.5* in these zones, I figured I might get an upgrade. I might have overpaid a little since this was my first bid on a new day of bidding but probably not by much. Comparable hotels have published rates well over $200/night and the lowest PRICELINE EXPRESS Deal or Hot.wire offers over the past few days have been about $160. Used the PRICELINE link. Thank you!
  2. Won it on the first bid (3* in Pittsburgh East - Monroeville or West Mifflin - West Homestead). Should've gone lower than $56 since I had a lot of rebid opportunities but it is still a good deal. Used the Priceline link. I previously bid from $60 to $70 in the Shadyside, University Center, and Pittsburgh South Side zones using free rebids with no luck. Then I decided to restart with hotels a little further away and won this.
  3. Found them: Free internet Restaurant Self service laundry Internet access Not sure why I had fitness center there before; it must have been a mistake. Getting confused from doing too much hotel searching on Hotwire!
  4. Got this for a weekend in Barcelona. New hotel for the list. Resort fee of 1.10 Euro/night additional. Amenities: Free Internet, Fitness Center, Self Service Laundry
  5. New Priceline NYOP zone for Washington DC - "Capitol Hill South" which appears to be a split off of the Capitol Hill - Convention Center zone. Everything south of Independence Avenue is in the new zone, which would include these hotels: 3* L'Enfant Plaza Hotel 3* Holiday Inn Capitol 3* Residence Inn Capitol Hill 3* Capitol Skyline Hotel 3* Courtyard by Marriott Washington Capitol Hill / Navy Yard
  6. The Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh Airport in the Pittsburgh Airport (PIT) zone is now rated 3.5* - upgraded from 3* on the list.
  7. I just won the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott for $46 + $13.89 in taxes and fees. Total price for one night is $59.89. I started bidding at $41 and used free rebid zones to raise my bid in $1 increments. I was offered the option to extend my stay at the same rate, but I only need this one night. Used the PRICELINE link. This is my lowest-ever Priceline winning bid!
  8. I found a couple more changes in Priceline Washington DC: 1) There is no longer a "Springfield" zone. The zone maps on Priceline now clearly exclude the Springfield area. 2) The zone named "Suburbs - Northeast" in the hotel list is now named "DC Northeast" on Priceline. Both of the hotels on the list appear to be located within the zone boundaries, so I think this is just a name change.
  9. In Priceline Washington DC there is a new zone called "Georgetown North" that appears to be a split from the "Georgetown - Foggy Bottom" zone. Bidding is currently offered up to 3* only. Based on the Georgetown North zone boundaries, it looks like these hotels on your list (currently in the Georgetown - Foggy Bottom zone) would fall into the new Georgetown North zone: 3* Georgetown University Conference Center 3* Holiday Inn Georgetown (2101 Wisconsin Ave NW)
  10. Using the HOTWIRE link, I found this great deal. All-in for three nights is $224 - the rack rate is $205 per night! Thank you again. Amenities were: Fitness Center, Restaurant, High-Speed Internet, Business Center, Free Internet
  11. You might want to consider bidding 3.5* Downtown rather than 4* if you are ok with the 3.5* locations, particularly the Sheraton Station Square, which is across the Monongahela River from downtown. There are a number of zones that can be used for 3.5* rebidding. As there are only 3 reported 4* hotels Downtown, they can fill quickly if there is a major convention going on - I bid up to $115 for a recent trip before giving up and booking the special group rate for my meeting, which was going on opposite a large convention and the hockey playoffs. North Shore would be a good option as well - parking is probably cheaper there than at the downtown hotels.
  12. This is amazing! Just in time for planning my next trip. Major props for all of the hard work. B)
  13. I am very familiar with the location and like it a lot - I work across the street. :) You'll be several blocks north of the Renaissance and not next to the freeway. Much closer to Pike Place Market, Nordstrom, other shopping, restaurants, etc. Have a great visit to Seattle!
  14. Just want to throw in my 2 cents as a local. If you need to be in a specific area of downtown Seattle, Priceline could be problematic. The "Seattle Downtown - Pike Place" zone is quite large and there are certain 4* hotels (Sorrento, Edgewater) that are not exactly convenient to the downtown core. You might want to consider bidding 4* in the "Seatle Center - Space Needle" zone. The only 4* hotel in that zone that has been reported to this board is the Pan Pacific, which gets very good reviews and is only about 5 blocks north of the main shopping areas. There is a streetcar that can take you into downtown for $2.50 if you don't want to walk - it goes right by the hotel. There is also a Whole Foods in the same complex as the hotel. Recently some posters had reported getting good deals at the Pan Pacific, but obviously it is highly date-dependent. Good luck!
  15. Just for future reference, you can't add the "Downtown" zone to the "North Shore" zone if you want to avoid the downtown hotels. Downtown is not a "free rebid" zone for North Shore because the Downtown zone also has 3* and higher hotels. You need to find rebid zones that only have 2.5* or lower hotels in order to do same-day rebidding and avoid a situation like this. Right now there are 3 Pittsburgh zones that fit that condition, but zones and star ratings are always subject to change - you need to check before you bid each time. If AMEX will reverse the charge and you really don't want to use the room, that sounds like a good option. I'm not sure how Priceline would feel, though.
  16. New zone in Pittsburgh, PA: "North Shore - Stadiums" has been added sometime in the past ~2 months since I was last bidding for Pittsburgh. The new zone appears to be a carve-out of the "Pittsburgh Downtown" zone for hotels that are across the Allegheny River from downtown and currently offers bidding at 2*, 2.5*, and 3*. The previously reported 3* Residence Inn North Shore would be in the new zone.
  17. I started at $85 for a 3.5* in the Midtown East and Empire State Building zones and was rejected. Using rebid zones, I bid $89, $93, and $97 with no success before winning at $101. Total with taxes and fees is $130.85. The best retail rate was $159 + tax, $186 total. The location is very convenient since I wil be arriving at Grand Central Terminal. Used the PRICELINE link.
  18. I bid $56 two days ago and was rejected with no counteroffer. Today I bid $60 and won. Total with taxes and fees is $76.70. Retail rate is $139. I won this hotel at $60 back in October and was very happy with it. Used the PRICELINE link. Thank you.
  19. Looks like there are some changes in Newark, NJ - Meadowlands: 1) A new "Newark" zone encompassing downtown Newark. This zone has only 3* and lower hotels. 2) The Elizabeth and Newark Airport (EWR) zones appear to have been combined into a new "Newark Airport (EWR) - Elizabeth" zone. 3) The Best Western Robert Treat hotel in Newark is now called the "Best Western Plus Robert Treat" and has a 3* rating again on retail Priceline.
  20. Surprised by this one - it looks like a brand new hotel in the IND West - Plainfield zone. Total with taxes & fees is $69.68. Amenities: Complimentary Breakfast, Fitness Center, Pool, Business Center, High-Speed Internet Access
  21. Started bidding for a 4* at $70. That bid was rejected with a counteroffer at $85. I declined the counter and bid $72 using a free rebid zone (every zone in Pittsburgh is a free rebid at the 4* level). $72 was rejected, so I added another zone and bid $74, which won me the Westin. Thank you so much for the site - I learned this strategy by reading the successful bidding of others!
  22. Priceline hotel change in Missouri: The former 3* Hotel Indigo in the Saint Louis (Forest Park - Clayton) zone is now the 2* Comfort Inn Central West End (4630 Lindell Blvd). I just saw this on the Priceline retail site while doing some research.
  23. Congratulations! :) For Priceline, add the North Michigan Ave - River North Area. There are lots of hotels there and it is a fairly short walk to the Grand or Chicago stations on the Red Line. Tons of shopping and eating options. I stayed in the area two years ago (Marriott Magnificent Mile) and really enjoyed the atmosphere. Easy to get to most of the museums by subway, walking, or taxi. The Museum of Science and Industry is further south and requires a bus ride or a cab. Hotwire has a $201 3.5* hotel in that same general area and also a $216 4* hotel. Obviously above your price point, but that gives you an idea of the rates out there. I'd recommend spending the extra $$$ and staying downtown vs. the suburbs - you'll end up wasting a lot of time every day on the commuter trains and some of the train stations in Chicago are not particularly convenient to tourist attractions. Also, I highly recommend the Chicago Architecture Foundation boat tour - well worth the price and perfect if you want to do some sightseeing while off your feet. We really enjoyed it.
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