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  1. For the first time in ages I actually used NYOP in late February. My first bid was denied, but in the response informing of the denial I was able to rebid and used the time-honored strategy of the good ‘ole days. The hotel I won (Burbank, CA Marriott) was available through Priceline Express for $108 per night, but I was curious to see if NYOP would be less. I ended up winning via NYOP on my 3rd try at $105. So although NYOP has been reduced to entering through the back door (🙄), it’s still there, albeit a shadow of its former self. One note of interest I observed was the difference in taxes/fees on Priceline Express vs NYOP. Although there was only a $3 per night difference in price between the two, the difference in taxes and fees was $25 for a 2 night stay in favor of NYOP. Not sure if that’s standard everywhere or only in my circumstance. Apologies for not posting the bid. I was in a hurry and also frustrated that I couldn’t support this site since NYOP is only available through the app. I came here today today to see if there’s any chatter about NYOP. Wonder if we’ll see it return to popularity in our new environment as the travel industry struggles to rebound.
  2. New hotel for your list. Bay Landing 1550 Bayshore Highway Burlingame, CA Amenities are: Complimentary breakfast Complimentary Internet (in room) Free parking Spa Airport shuttle Non-Smoking Gym Restaurant Handicap Accessible Bed Choice was available $118 King $125 Two Doubles Only $10 less than Priceline’s direct rate of $128, however I knew this was the hotel I’d get and was fine with it. Best rate on hotel website is $249.
  3. I both hit the big 6-0 this week AND retired! More leisure time to hang around here, hopefully!
  4. Thanks, I was happy to use your quickquote feature to access NYOP after many attempts to get there on Priceline's site! (I should have known to come here in the first place!). So its nice to know about this other feature as well. They surely don't make it easy!
  5. First bid of $75 accepted. Priceline did not have any Express deals for this date in this category or zone. Bid placed through Better Bidding link to PRICELINE.
  6. PRICELINE EXPRESS displayed this property for $123, so I thought I would first try Name Your Own Price. I bid $110 as my first bid and it was accepted. Travelzoo had a promo for this hotel starting at $159, but I thought I'd try PRICELINE first. Bid placed through the Better Bidding link to PRICELINE.
  7. Priceline Express listed what I figured was the Marriott for $78, however when I clicked to purchase I received the reply "no longer available". I closed my browser and tried again however this time the price listed was $152. Although I wasn't agreeable to that price, I clicked to continue to see what the response would be, and again received the "no longer available" reply. So I instead went to "name your own price", entered $74 and the bid was accepted. I have experienced this same thing with the Express product in this zone many times. Booked through the BetterBidding link to PRICELINE.
  8. This is a new hotel for the Priceline Express list. Amenities displayed: Free Internet Bed Choice Available Pets Airport Shuttle Fitness Center No Smoking Facilities Luxury Suites Amsterdam Oudeschans 75, Amsterdam , Netherlands May 7-9, 2017 Room price:$206.00/night Appreciate the 5% Better Bidding discount BBSPRING. :-)
  9. Oakland/East Bay - Berkeley zone - Claremont Hotel Club and Spa (now a Fairmont property) upgraded to 5 stars. http://www.priceline.com/the-claremont-hotel-club-and-spa-berkeley-california-CA-175148-hd.hotel-reviews-hotel-guides
  10. Reno, NV zone changes: The former Reno South Airport zone has been split into two zones: Reno Central - Airport RNO 4* Grand Sierra Resort 4* The Summit (17th floor and higher of Grand Sierra Resort) 3* Best Western Airport Plaza 3* Hyatt Place Airport 2.5* La Quinta 2* Baymont Inn & Suites Reno Airport South Convention Center 4* Atlantis 4* Peppermill 3* Courtyard by Marriott 3* Residence Inn 2* Extended Stay America
  11. Priceline has separated the former Concord-Lafayette zone (Oakland/East Bay) into two zones (Concord-Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek-Lafayette). Below is how each hotel in the former zone now lie within the two zones. Concord-Pleasant Hill 3.5 Crowne Plaza Concord 3.5 Concord Hilton 3 Courtyard by Marriott Pleasant Hill 3 Residence Inn Pleasant Hill 2.5 Clarion Hotel Concord Walnut Creek-Lafayette 4 Lafayette Park Hotel 4 Renaissance Club Sport Walnut Creek 3.5 Embassy Suites Pleasant Hill-Walnut Creek 3.5 Walnut Creek Marriott 3 Holiday Inn Express Walnut Creek
  12. Late post for very last-minute purchase. Pretty easy to identify this property based on two amenities of Children's Activities and Self-Service Laundry (the other 4 stars in this zone don't have either amenity). Not to mention Hotwire discloses the Resort Fee before you purchase. A simple Google search of the Resort Fees points to the Grand Sierra while Atlantis and Peppermill have higher fees. Current amenities for the Summit are: Resort Fitness Center Business Center Golf Casino Pool Self-Service Laundry Tennis Airport Shuttle Restaurant(s) Internet Spa Children's Activities Purchased via the Better Bidding link to Hotwire.
  13. The website listed below sells the Westin SF Airport for $99.50 9am-7pm and Hyatt Regency SF Airport for $89.50 8am-6pm. http://www.bookadayroom.com/default.aspx
  14. The Financial District Hilton gets a 7 point Customer Satisfaction rating on PRICELINE, while Le Meridien and Hyatt Regency get 8 points or higher. If you're looking at PRICELINE EXPRESS in this zone, you can rule out the Hilton if it displays 8 points or higher. If it displays 7 points or higher, then you pretty much know you're going to get the Hilton. I like to avoid the Hilton, and the ratings display helps to avoid!
  15. After recently upgrading to 4.5 stars, PRICELINE now rates Intercontinental (SOMA zone) 4 stars and no longer offers 4.5 NYOP bidding in this zone. Hotel is once again rated 4 stars in both retail and vacation package products.
  16. San Francisco NYOP changes: SOMA 4.5* Intercontinental San Francisco (upgrade from 4*) UNION SQUARE EAST 4.5* Taj Campton Place (upgrade from 4*) USW/Nob Hill 4.5* bidding now available. (Fairmont is only 4.5* in this zone in Priceline retail product) FINANCIAL DISTRICT/EMBARCADERO 4.5* Omni (upgrade from 4*) FISHERMAN'S WHARF 5* bidding now available (Fairmont Heritage Place is only 5* in this zone in Priceline retail product) 4.5* bidding now available (unsure which hotel) Oakland/East Bay NYOP changes CONCORD-LAFAYETTE 4* Renaissance Club Sport (upgrade from 3.5*)
  17. Priceline Oakland/East Bay (Pleasanton zone) 3* Sheraton Pleasanton (5990 Stoneridge Mall Road) upgraded to 3.5* per Priceline retail and vacation products.
  18. It's good to get into the habit of double-checking hotel star ratings by first viewing Priceline's retail hotel product before bidding. That will save any unwanted "surprises"! You will never find a hotel rated differently in the retail product than it is under NYOP bidding.
  19. San Francisco Priceline changes; Fisherman's Wharf Zone: 4 star bidding now available. No longer a free rebid zone for other 4 star zones in area Hyatt, Sheraton and Argonaut all upgraded 3.5 to 4 stars per Priceline retail product. Union Square East Zone: 3.5 Marriott Union Square upgraded to 4 stare per Priceline retail product.
  20. This was a Priceline Express purchase, not "name your own price" bid. I was all too happy to pay a little more than I probably could have through NYOP as I specifically wanted this hotel. It was easy to target that Hyatt House was the hotel they were selling through the Priceline Express model due to its 9+ rating. The other 3 star hotels in San Ramon zone were rated under 9 points. Also, the amenities offered easily matched that of Hyatt House. Hyatt House 2323 San Ramon Valley Blvd San Ramon, CA 94583 Check-In: March 3, 2013 Check-Out: March 4, 2013 $88.00 Taxes & Fees: $17.42 Total Charged to Card: $105.42 Rate on hotel's website: $170 Amenities: Free Breakfast | Free Internet | Indoor or Outdoor Pool | Free Parking | Business Center | Fitness Center Used the Better Bidding link to PRICELINE to purchase.
  21. The link below waives the $50 membership into the LMT "Club". When you join the club, it applies an additional member's discount over the usual LMT rates you find on the regular LMT site. Also, when logged into the LMT Club, the identities of all hotels is displayed - no opaque listings. Aside from creating a username and password, nothing more is required to join the LMT club. https://www.lmtclub.com/secure/login.html?registration=true&promocode=LMTTRS912CLUB
  22. Note to moderators: Thread title needs to be changed to reflect Gaslamp/Convention Center zone (no longer Downtown/Harbor Island zone). Also, this post confirms this hotel has been upgraded 3.5 to 4 stars (also 4 stars on Priceline retail).
  23. For what it's worth, the 5* in Union Square West/Nob Hill is once again displaying for May 11-13 @ $342 per night. Oddly, the only amenities listed are handicap/accessible-related as well as a 4.5 Tripadvisor rating. Also for these same dates is a new 5* in Union Square East/Moscone zone @ $404 per night. Only amenity listed is indoor pool as well as a 4.5 Tripadvisor rating. Not sure if some SF properties have been upgraded, or we have new 5* contenders.
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