I wanted 2 rooms for 3 nights (Thursday pm thru Sunday am) at top hotel in downtown Chicago (near the shopping areas) with a preference for North Michigan Ave - River North . . .here was my bidding strategy: Bid # Price Added Zones/Ratings Result ----- -------- ---------------------------------- ---------- 1) $100, 5* NMA-River North -> DENIED 2) $110 Franklin Park -> DENIED 3) $120 Hyde Park -> DENIED 4) $130 Lincoln Park -> DENIED 5) $140 McCormick Place - Medical District -> DENIED 6) $125 4.5* -> DENIED 7) $140 Midway Airport North -> DENIED 8) $125 4* -> DENIED 9) $140 Skokie-Niles-Evanston -> DENIED I had a hard stop at $140/room and at least at 4*, so I use my star ratings to rebid down to 4* instead of adding the ORD N/S and Millenium/Loop/Grant zones. (Using those 3 zones would have prevented bidding down to 4*). On to other options . . . A.) At Priceline, I was given the option of a PRICELINE EXPRESS Deal for a 4* on NMA-River North for $162 per night. When I went to choose it, they changed the offer and price to $184 per night. Both had wifi, restaurant, business and fitness center icons. The Guest Rating was 8.0. B.) Also listed with the $184/night (refreshed) deal Priceline Express Deal, I was offered a 3.5* NMA-RN property with restaurant and business center icons for $168 (no guest rating) and . . . C.) for $149, a 3* NMA-RN property with wifi, business and fitness center icons. The Guest Rating was 7.0. D.) The final NMA-RN property Express Deal listed was a 4.5* for $172 per night. It had a pool, restaurant, business and fitness center with a Guest Rating of 8.0 (Guest Favorite). E.) According to your Hotwire board, they have/had the following options for similar date ranges: 4.5* at $201 4* at $143 Neither of these were available when I checked. Of the 5 hotels quoted in the Magnificent Mile Area - River North area, the best deal presented to me was a 4* for $194/night. It was 100% recommended on 377 reviews and came with the following amenities: Boutique Hotel, Smoke Free Rooms, Fitness Center, Restaurant(s), Business Center, and High-Speed Internet Access. Looks like inventory might be too low when trying to book with this short of notice?! Here's a question for the group: I spent an hour researching all of this. Is there a average percentage that Name Your Price (NYP) wins beat Hotwire deals? Because I probably could have saved a bunch of time if I would have thought up front. I mean, what are the odds that a NYP 4* would go for $140 when it's listing for $190 at Hotwire?! Maybe I could have expected to get it at Priceline for 10-20% less. Does anyone have experience enough to know what the discount between Hotwire and Priceline's NYP is? Thanks!