Have you placed any bids yet for your travel dates? If not, then I would do that if I were you (you've got to start somewhere). If $90 is your current maximum limit, I would start bidding at around $70 and work up from there. If unsuccessful at $90, you do still have some time to work on this, so I wouldn't panic by any means. This may take some time. As to your comment about September being post-tourist season, San Francisco is typically still very popular in September & October between good weather (often the best months of the year) and also large conventions scheduled. Having hung out on these boards for several years now, I always think back to September & October where people often have trouble getting longer-stay bids accepted. While that is not at all meant to discourage you, it's rather to dispel the thought the City rolls up the sidewalks after Labor Day! :) Now having said all that, perhaps this Fall will be a crap shoot from the norm due to the current economy and you'll have no trouble at all getting an accepted bid. Give it a try and let us know how it goes.