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  1. Last minute trip to NYC 1/17-19 - used your PRICELINE link. I wanted to stay in the ESB area at a 4* and started my bidding at $80. Was rejected, but offered an opportunity to bid $120, which I declined. Added rebid zones and when I got to $90, won the Affinia Shelburne which is very close to where I need to be. I've read good things about this hotel (and walked by it many times when I used to live in the area) so am looking forward to it.

  2. Success! I waited 24 hours and decided to rebid the same strategy (skipping CPS for now, thinking I could add it later). No luck with first two scenarios, but when opened third PRICELINE window - using your link - (including TS and the other zones) at first bid of $143, was rejected but offered a win if I was willing to increase bid to $168. I declined and continued to rebid. At $148, I won the Waldorf-Astoria! I've never stayed there but have walked through their beautiful lobby on more than one occasion. And it's close to Ess A Bagel. Very happy camper here! Thanks again.

  3. Hi - I'm headed back to the Big Apple again for a few days arriving 8/15 and departing 8/18. I checked a few OTA sites and see the rates don't seem to be as crazy high as they were when I was there last month. Do you think I might reasonably expect to get a 4* in MTE, ESB, Chelsea, HK, MTW, Downtown, Soho/Tribeca, or TS for $160 or less? If so, would you be able to offer a strategy? I figure if it doesn't work, I'll still have time to either add other zone(s) or increase bid. Thanks very much - this is a great and very helpful site!

  4. My earlier try for a 4* on 7/10-12 didn't work out (see other post) so used friend's couch. Have to go out to Long Island for one night and back into NYC for one night 7/13. Used the exact strategy that you kindly offered for the other stay, but as I saw rates were running a bit lower, I lowered the initial bid to $95 (cheeky of me, I know). After a few refusals, won the Hotel Indigo Chelsea for $115. I've never seen it, but the location is perfect. I of course used your PRICELINE link. Thanks for your help P.S. I notice that on your hotel list, the Indigo is listed as a 3.5*, but they apparenlty are now 4*.

  5. A quick trip to NYC just came up and could use some help with a bidding strategy. Ideally, would like a 4* in any Manhattan zone EXCEPT upper west side arriving 7/10 and departing 7/12 In the best of all possible worlds, would love to keep it to $150 plus fees per night, but might be able to boost it a bit. Thanks for your help!

  6. What an incredibly busy time in NYC! But perseverence - and flexibility on my part - paid off. I just need to soak my fingers in warm water to recover from all the typing! Long story short - I upped my bid substantially after reviewing the going rates for hotels and I am staying the first two nights on the aforementioned friend's couch. Ended up with the Intercontinental Barclay for 5/19-23 at a rate of $265 per night. I like this hotel and just stayed there in December. Used your links to the PRICELINE site. Thanks for all your excellent advice. I'm happy with this. :D

  7. Thank you for the excellent and thorough strategy! You guys really are great and I appreciate it. I used your PRICELINE link for all bids - and I'm sure it will come as no real surprise to you (or to me, for that matter) that I had no success. I'm thinking of adding Midtown West and SoHo/Tribeca as well before I try my hand at splitting - I'm still a bit apprehensive about adding CPS because of what I've heard about the size of the rooms at 6 Columbus Circle. Since I did all of this today, I think I have to wait until tomorrow to start over adding the two new zones, correct? If I decide to try splitting, I'm sure I'll have a question or two about that :blink:

    P.S. I noticed that they now have a Morningside Heights/Harlem zone for Manhattan, which lists a 3* property. Any idea what this might be? I'm guessing the Aloft, but I didn't see any wins there on a quick look at the calendar.

  8. Of course I have to go to NY at one of the busiest, i.e.,expensive times of the year! I'm planning to be there from 5/18-23. I'd like to give a shot at first for 4* with a maximum budget of $200 per night plus fees. Preferred zones are ESB, MTE, Chelsea, Downtown, HK, TSQ - (skipping CPS for fear of tiny room at 6 Columbus :) ) Would you be able to offer a strategy? I've still got time so can adjust, split or expand zones later if need be. Thanks!

  9. Thanks for the excellent strategy. I used your PRICELINE link. It worked - at the very last bid :rolleyes: Along the way, I was offered ( 3 different times) a hotel they claimed would accept me if I was willing to go to $208 per night, which I repeatedly rejected. I ended up with the Intercontinental Barclay for $180 per night - my max. But am very happy as I've actually stayed at this hotel in the past and enjoyed it very much - and the perfect location for me. Thanks again for your help.

  10. I'm planning on a trip to NYC arriving on 12/15 and departing on 12/20. Have been reviewing many of the posts and realize that the 15th is on the cusp of highest prices, but after that date looks more reasonable. Was interested in a 4* hotel ideally in MTE,ESB,CHELSEA, TSQ, HK or DT. Ideally at a max of $180 per night plus fees. Would you be able to offer a strategy? If this doesn't work, would consider Jersey City, where I've had good luck in the past. Thanks!

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