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dutchie26

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  1. Attempted 3 star @ $60 no go. Dropped my star level to 2.5 and the bid to $52 and got the Quality Inn. ($63 with fees and taxes) I was hoping for the Fairfield Inn. Oh well. Quality Inn is rated 28th out of 32 hotels in Bismarck. :( Regular rate is $77 with taxes.
  2. First bid of $45 using the BiddingHelper.com got me the Fairfield Inn once again. $57.22 with all fees/taxes $109 listed on their web site so almost saved 50% :) Oh yeah, for Sunday Sept 29th 2013
  3. Bid yesterday $45 Today I bid $50 and got it! Great hotel for a great price!
  4. Won on first bid of $70 Also used the current PRICELINE hotel coupon of 5% off for a total of $312.32 plus $25 a day resort fee. $412 for 4 nights Cheapest rate I could find was $516 so saved $100 Used the PRICELINE links to bid
  5. tried bidding for a 3 star on Priceline up to $69 but to no avail. Hotwire was offering a 3 star for $69 so i took them up on it and got The Arbuckle Lodge. 2 nights with taxes came out to $160.70. 14 day prepayment rate on the Arbuckle website was $188 so a savings of $14 a night. Amenities were: Free Parking Free Breakfast Free Internet Pet friendly Indoor pool(s) Smoke Free Rooms Fitness Center Pool(s) Business Center Laundry Facilities (self-service) High-Speed Internet Access Kitchenette Accessible for the blind Accessible for the deaf Accessible path of travel In-room accessibility Wheelchair accessible Accessible bathroom Handicapped parking Roll-in shower
  6. Won on my first bid of $45. I got this hotel last time when I impatiently lowered my star level from 2 1/2 to 2 stars in Aug. I wasn't very pleased at that time with that win. This time around I made sure to not go below 2 1/2 stars so I could avoid this hotel. Imagine my surprise that PRICELINE has now deemed this place to be a 2 1/2 star establishment. Very disappointed! I guess the list of winning hotels will need to be updated. As always I used the PRICELINE links to bid.
  7. Tried bidding for 2 1/2 star up to $50 to no avail for several days. At the last minute I decided to bid at the 2 star level. Bid $45 as my first bid and viola! Kelly Inn Main ave. $107.76 total vs the best rate online of $148.43, a savings of just over $20 a night. Pretty poorly reviewed hotel. Should have done my homework here on BB before lowering my star level but getting impatient will get you every time. :( Bid using the BB PRICELINE link
  8. This is info from a co worker who made his first Priceline bid with some coaching from me. Sorry, I forgot to tell them to make their bids via betterbidding.com. Next time for sure! Started bidding at $40 over several days. Then yesterday they bid $48 and got the offer to buy the room at $58. Waited till today and bid $50 and nabbed the Fairfield Inn.
  9. Started at $50 and got accepted right away. Regular rate for that weekend (easter) was $109 Glad to see that the Fairfield is now rated 2 1/2. Now there is no chance of getting the dumpy Travelodge.
  10. Just a quick update. This hotel is in dire need of a refurb. Mattress was torn and tattered and ancient as were the lampshades. Newer carpeting was the only improvements that i saw. Everything else still looks like it is from the 1980's. How priceline can call this a 2 star is beyond me! Compared to the Fairfield inn which I had won previously this hotel is a dump.
  11. Started at $40 and worked my way up to $44 in $2 increments over 3 days. Was hoping for the Fairfield Inn which we won before but it will do. Advance purchase price on the travelodge web site was $67
  12. just wanted to let the powers that be know that somehow this thread: 4* NYC (MTW) Warwick, $250 .... 10/19/11-10/22/11 is somehow posted in the July calendar of wins. yet it is clearly a reservation for Oct.
  13. Thanks Theruare! $35 isn't too bad. I would have thought taxi fares from the airport would be a lot higher. definitely worth it. Thanks again Herb
  14. there is the wife and I and we arrive Sat mid afternoon 14:00 I think it is and we leave on a Sat Morning @ 8:00. I did a little digging last night and the bus/subway combo looks doable. Seems to be just as fast as a taxi and just $4.00 :) What do you think? P.S. we will be flying with just carry on, no checked luggage. (finally have my wife trained. ha ha) regards Herb
  15. Thanks Theruare! Any cheap alternatives to get from La Guardia to Le parker meridien? Last time we stayed in NY we took the super shuttle. What an ordeal!!! Must have taken 3 1/2 hours to get to our hotel in the UWS. At one point we were within 100 yards of one of the drop offs but on the wrong side of the street so the driver had to go around the block which took another 1/2 hr. Brutal! The funny thing was, I was originally going to just try public transit to our hotel but in the end felt that wasn't worth the hassle and extra time. regards herb
  16. never mind folks I got the Le Parker Meridien thru Priceline @ $130 for the week June 18 to 25th 2011. A little bit higher than my budget of $125 but I was getting impatient when I noticed airfares went up over night. A great deal I think Any way thanks so much for the tips and hints. I luv this web site! and yes I used both the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links for my searches
  17. I was wondering if anyone could ID this hotel? I see it as the Le Parker Meridien? Is that possible? If so this would be quite a deal! Amenities are: Fitness Center Restaurant(s) Business Center High-speed Internet Access Spa Services Should I also post this question in a new post on the Hotwire forum?
  18. Wow thanks so much for all of that! Much appreciated. I will most certainly be using the links as I search for my "needle in a haystack" regards herb
  19. Hi We would be staying 6 or 7 days sometime between May 1st and June 25th and anywhere EXCEPT Times Square area and the South part of Manhattan which I understand shuts down at night. Being close to a subway line would be the major requirement for us. Our max budget would be $150 per night everything included. Of course the fancier the better but ultimately the only amenities that we absolutely require are clean and secure. The last time we stayed in NY was at the Belleclaire in the UWS for almost $180 a night with a bathroom down the hall. (This was before we knew anything about Priceline.) We quite enjoyed that area, even the hotel was okay. We were just shocked at how little $180 gets you in NY. regards herb
  20. Cool! Thanks a lot, great ideas. I already had checked calendar of wins but for 2011 and there is really nothing there yet. I guess I should check 2010 though. duh! I also checked a few hotel web prices and although the prices during these 2 months don't change a lot early June seems to be cheapest. (can I assume that Priceline inventory would be greater during low priced weeks?) Any ways Thanks again! Hopefully some other people can chime in with any specific knowledge. regards herb
  21. Hi Folks My wife and I are contemplating a week trip to NYC for May or June 2011. I was just wondering what would be the best week to choose, from a Priceline perspective. There doesn't seem to be any extraordinary events occuring in Nyc during those 2 months and I checked out airfares and right now they are the same price for both months. Does anyone have suggestions or insights into what week would get me the best hotel deals? Thanks so much Herb
  22. Tried bidding for a 2 star in the Fargo airport zone up to $45 over the past few days to no avail. Today I decided to try one of the other Fargo zones as well. I bid $35 and received a counteroffer of $45. Closed out and came back to rebid $38 using the airport zone as my free rebid. Waited for Shatner to do his thing and lo and behold up pops "Your Price Was Accepted Congratulations, we’ve upgraded your hotel quality level to a 2
  23. $40 first bid. No options for free rebids here :) With taxes etc $96.50 for the 2 nights. Their quote was $99 a night so 50% off Very happy !!
  24. Oops i screwed up! Can someone change my topic and description to properly reflect my winning Bid. I copied and pasted my previous win but neglected to change the details. OOPS :) The correct dates are July 17 to 19th 2010 and the price was $80 Thanks
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