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Noela

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  1. Hi,

     

    Good morning all. I had to be in Arlington, VA this weekend (11/8 - 11/10).   Decided, risky though, to wait until the last minute, since it worked well for me the last time.

     

    A bid of $50 was accepted for a 3.5* zone was accepted the first time.   I think this is a good win, given that current rates are about $200/night.

     

    Details of win are:

     

    Summary of Charges
    Total charged: $122.36
    Purchase date: Nov 7, 2015
    Offer price: $50.00/night
    Number of rooms: 1 room
    Number of nights: 2 nights
    Room subtotal: $100.00
    Taxes & fees: $22.36
    Total charged today: $122.36
    Total charged: $122.36
    Savings: You saved 77%*

     

    Of course, I used our venerated Priceline link.

     

    Thanks again for all your assistance.

     

    Note: rebid zones for Priceline for the Arlington area have changed.  

     

    thanks - Noela


  2. Hello Folks, 

     

    Thanks for all your help. I had almost given up my search, but decided to just wait, and totally downgrade my criteria to a 2*.  So I did that this morning, placed a bid for a 2* hotel in the Arlington area, with the expectation that I might end up in one of the Inn's (Comfort Inn probably). My first bid of $50 was accepted - and I think it was upgraded to a 3* hotel (Courtyard Arlington, Rosslyn).  Here are the pertinent details:

     

    Offer price: $50.00/night
    Number of rooms: 1 room
    Number of nights: 2 nights
    Room subtotal: $100.00
    Taxes & fees: $23.20
    Total charged today: $123.20
    Total charged: $123.20
    Savings: You saved 78%*

     

    Well, at the current rate of $234 per night, this seems like a steal, particularly given that it is a last minute bid (within 24 hrs of travel).

     

    Thanks, and I used our favorite PRICELINE link

    cheers, Noela

     


  3. Hello, It's me again.  Having failed at bidding, I am looking at the following two hotels in the

    Capitol Hill area. The total cost for two days will be between $260 - $277.  

     

    So could you please help me ID these two properties - I am not sure if they are the same,

    but could be similar:

     

     

    Hotwire: Capitol Hill - National Mall area ($114/Night): 10/14 -  10/16

    Free Internet

    Airport shuttle

    Fitness center

    Restaurant(s)

    Business center

    Self-service laundry

    Accessibility

    Accessible for visually impaired

    Accessible for hearing impaired

    Hotwire: Capitol Hill - National Mall area ($105/Night): 10/14 -  10/16

    Free Internet

    Boutique hotel

    Fitness center

    Pool(s)

    Restaurant(s)

    Business center

    Self-service

    laundry

    Internet access

    Golf nearby

    Tennis nearby

    Accessible for visually Impaired

    Accessible for hearing impaired

    Accessible path of travel

    In-room accessibility

    Accessible bathroom

    Accessible parking

    Roll-in shower


  4. Hello,

    I have to be in Arlington, VA (near the Ballston Metro area) between October 13 to 15.

    I need a 1 room (3.5* Minimum) at a maximum budget of $100/per night.

     

    For the past three days, I have been trying to get a 3.5* or a 4* room, bidding from $65 to $100, exhausting all rebid zones but failed.

     

    As I have done before, I wouldn't mind staying in the DC area itself (though would prefer a closer location to Arlington, VA) - but wanted to check if there are other alternate bidding strategies available? Should I drop to 3*

     

    Thanks - Noela


  5. Thanks very much, Thereuare and Yellowdog.

     

    I follwed your suggestion, Thereuare and booked PRICELINE EXPRESS.  The Hotel is actually the Courtyard By Marriott Convention Center.   And I used the Betterbidding link you suggested. Here are the details of the pruchase:

     

    Purchase date: Apr 11, 2015
    Deal type: Express Deal
    Room price: $89.00 /night
    Number of rooms: 1 room
    Number of nights: 2 nights
    Room subtotal: $178.00
    Taxes & fees: $29.60
    Total charged today: $207.60

     

    With much appreciation - Noela


  6. Hello,

     

    I have to be in Arlington  (near Ballston Metro area) for two days, begining this sunday, 4/12.  I have been bidding for a 3.5* (min) hotel starting at $80 all the way to $110 without much luck. My max budget /night is $100.  Give that might travel date is so close, would it be better to look for a 2* hotel? 

     

    If so, what bidding or express deal strategy will you advice?

     

    thanks - Noela


  7. Thanks very much Aaron, for your useful advice.  I followed it, and was about to pull the trigger, but then decided that I should at least give my preferred area a try and bid to $100 for a 3* or 3.5* before settling for Tyson's corner.

     

    So, I used the Price.line travel link available here, and bid  $90.  I was shocked that it was accepted for the Hyatt Arlington, a 4* no less.

     

    And it is merely one or two Metro stops away from the Westin Arlington, where my event is being helod ....

     

    Doing the happy dance:  Here are the details:

     

    Deal type: Name Your Own Price

    Offer price: $90.00 /night

    Number of rooms: 1 room

    Number of nights: 2 nights

    Room subtotal: $180.00

    Taxes & fees: $37.02

    Total charged today: $217.02

    Total charged: $217.02

    Paid in full

    Savings: You saved 67%*

     

    Thanks again for all your support ...and advice.

     

    cheers, Noela


  8. Hello,

    I have to be in Arlington, VA (near the Ballston Metro area) between March 22 - March 24.
    I need a 1 room at the 3* or 3.5*level,  at a maximum budget of $100/per night.

    For the past three days, I have been trying to get a 3.0* or 3.5* hotel, bidding from $65 to $85, exhausting all rebid zones but failed.

    As I have done before, I wouldn't mind staying in the DC area itself - but wanted to check if there are other alternate bidding strategies available?

    Should I just keep increasing my bids until I hit my max?

    Thanks - Noela


  9. Thanks -

    Given your advice, I bid $80 for a 4* downtown DC hotel (in the Capital Hill area) and it was accepted.  A good deal (70%) savings, I think.

     

    Details below.

     

    4* The Liaison Capitol Hill An Affinia Hotel

    3/23 -  3/25

    Rooms:     1 room / 2 nights

    Room Subtotal:     $160.00

    Taxes & Fees:     $32.70

    Total Charged to Card:     $192.70

     

    And of course, I used the Price.line travel links available here.

     

    With much much thanks


  10. Thanks -
    Given your advice, I bid $80 for a 4* downtown DC hotel (in the Capital Hill area) and it was accepted.  A good deal (70%) savings, I think.

     

    Details below.

     

    4* The Liaison Capitol Hill An Affinia Hotel
    3/23 -  3/25
    Rooms:     1 room / 2 nights
    Room Subtotal:     $160.00
    Taxes & Fees:     $32.70
    Total Charged to Card:     $192.70

     

    And of course, I used the Priceline travel links available here.

     

    With much much thanks

     

     

    The 'Capitol Hill - Convention Center' and 'Downtown - White House' zones are generally considered to be well located and have good access to the metro.

    Check your travel dates on the landing page, but this 4* Priceline Express in the Capitol Hill-Convention Center zone for $93/nite seems to be the best deal (Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Free Internet in room, Business Center, Fitness Center). Although i'm not sure which property this is, it does have an 8.0/10 user review rating from previous PRICELINE guests... if the hotel ends up being in the western part of this zone there is a good chance you will have direct access to the Ballston metro station... if something in the east part of the zone it may require a transfer (not a big deal but may add 5 minutes on to your commute time)

    Also note that using the discount code and link in my signature will give you an additional 5% OFF the $93/nite rate.

    You can either go with the above or try bidding on PRICELINE, which if the latter you may want to also consider the White House zone and/or the Capitol Hill South zone (this second zone is a little bit more out of the way but it appears that the Orange lines runs thru it, so it should provide easy access to your event)

    LASTLY, note that the metro in DC shuts down about midnite... not sure what event(s) you need to attend near the Ballston metro but hopefully they will end by this time.

    Please use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases.

    Let us know your thoughts and/or how it goes and we will advise accordingly.

    PS-If/when you win a hotel, use the ADD REPLY and REPORT WIN button on the lower right corner of this page... this will enable you to edit the topic title and add a reply to your thread with the details of your purchase.

     


  11. Ok.... I'm not sure how to edit the titles, but here is the result.  I did use the PRICELINE link on this site........  Thanks for the assistance.

     

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    3*  Courtyard By Marriott Meadowland Lyndhurst  9/13 -  9/14

    Summary of Charges

    Room Cost (avg. per room, per night):    $80.00 (USD)    

    Number of Rooms:    2

    Number of Guests Per Room:    2

    Number of Nights:    1

    Room Subtotal:    $160.00 (USD)

    Taxes and Fees:    $33.86 (USD)

    Total Charged to Card:    $193.86 (USD)


  12. Hi,

     

    I've been trying to identify and book one of these priceline express deals.  Please help me identify them. 

    I am travelling to Arlington, VA for two days:  3/23 -  3/25.  -- Thanks - Noela

     

    4 Star Hotel in Arlington, VA Area for $175/night
    Guest Score:     8.0 out of 10 (or higher)
    Guaranteed Amenities:     

    •     Indoor Swimming Pool
    •     Pets Allowed
    •     Restaurant
    •     Business Center
    •     Fitness Center

     

    3½ Star Hotel in Arlington, VA Area for $118/night
    Guest Score: 7.0 out of 10 (or higher)
    Guaranteed Amenities:     

    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Business Center
    • Fitness Center

  13. Hello,

     

    I have to be in Arlington, VA (near the Ballston Metro area) between March 23 - March 25.

    I need a 1 room at 3.5* or 4* level, at a maximum budget of $100/per night.

     

    For the past three days, I have been trying to get a 3.5* or 4* hotel, bidding from $70 to $110, exhausting all rebid zones but failed.

     

    What am I doing wrong here?  Can you suggest any alternate bidding strategy?

     

    Thanks - Noela

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