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  2. Congratulations on your success! Hope you're happy with the results and this property will work well for your plans this trip. Thank you for sharing your win with the board and helping us update this listing in the San Diego Hotwire Hotel List. Please click the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases. Enjoy your stay.
  3. 4-star Hotel in San Diego 6/27-6/29 (Mission Valley - Hotel Circle - Balboa Park area) for $126 Complimentary Free internet Amenities Business center Fitness center Golf nearby Pet friendly Pool(s) Restaurant(s) Smoke-free rooms It is the ......Sheraton San Diego Hotel, Mission Valley
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  5. I'm seeing on PRICELINE EXPRESS (please confirm the correct dates of travel are showing on the detail page after clicking the links below.) 4.5* Empire State Building Area (<<<----CLICK HERE to go direct to the listing) for $256 Pets Allowed Restaurant Free Internet available Free Internet >>>Best guess would be the Archer. There is a room w/2 doubles option for $276. When searching on HOTWIRE for 4 adults, I'm seeing: 4.5* HOTWIRE Times Square for $222.00 Pet Friendly Smoke Free Fitness Restaurant Business Hi-Speed Internet Golf Blind Accessible Room Accessible Bathroom Accessible Roll-in Shower ==> Best guess would be the Westin TS 4.5* HOTWIRE Rockefeller Center for $260.00 Smoke Free Fitness Restaurant Business Hi-Speed Internet Blind Accessible Deaf Accessible Travel Accessible Room Accessible ==> Best guess would be the Warwick 4* HOTWIRE Madison Square Garden for $231.38 Free Internet Pet Friendly Fitness Restaurant Business Hi-Speed Internet ==> Best guess would be the Crowne Plaza HY36 4.5* HOTWIRE Rockefeller Center for $248.00 Pet Friendly Boutique Smoke Free Fitness Restaurant Business Hi-Speed Internet Golf Deaf Accessible ==> Best guess would be the Omni Berkshire Please let us know what you decide and if you have any questions before booking. Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases.
  6. Welcome to BetterBidding! Happy to help and i'm local to the NYC area, so you're in good hands. Regarding occupancy... As you point out, with HOTWIRE you can search for up to quad occupancy and hotwire guarantees that the room will accommodate the number of guests you included in your search. All Priceline reservations are for double occupancy, after that it's at the discretion of the hotel (although in NYC, where rooms are often smaller than most other parts of the country and hotels have a high percentage of rooms with only one bed it's considered fairly risky to book for double occupancy and who up with four guests). The one caveat to this would be PRICELINE EXPRESS if you can find a hotel that offers a BED CHOICE option and one of those options is designed to accommodate the number of guests in your group. Note that technically your reservation is still only for double occupancy, although i don't know of anyone who has yet had an issue showing up with 3/4 guests when they booked a specific room type and that room is designed to accommodate the number of guests in the party. Personally i would be fine booking for double occupancy and showing up with 3/4 if the specific room type i booked was designed to accommodate that number of guests, but you have to do what is within your own (and your in-law's) comfort level. If a concern, you could further minimize any potential issues (although as per above i think think the chances of a problem are minimal) by having two guests go to check-in while the other two grab coffee at a nearby Starbucks, bodega, etc. While i don't think your budget is going to be an issue (i'm already seeing things like the Westin Times Square, Omin Berkshire, Warwick New York) i would ask if you really need a 4.5* property... or would you consider a 4 star that had good reviews? As an example, i'm often an advocate of the Crowne Plaza HY36 Midtown Manhattan.... fairly new hotel, gets great reviews, and extremely centrally located; for your dates not much savings vs. some 4.5*, but at least knowing your thoughts about something similar to this, although only 4 star rated, would give us a sense of what to recommend. Let us know if a well reviewed 4 star hotel is also on the table as a possibility, as well as your thoughts if booking PRICELINE EXPRESS (w/ Bed Choice) is an option, and we'll take it from there to suggest your best options. Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases.
  7. Thank you, that's super helpful! It seems that most disney travel bloggers think that rates will drop in the 2-4 weeks leading up to a specific date if the hotel is not at capacity. You're perspective makes a lot of sense. I think I was kind of holding out to see what might be the best deal I could get, but I feel like reading your info helps me make a better choice, or have a more balanced view of the way things work.
  8. Hi there, We are planning a trip with my in laws to NYC from Sept 5-9. To save cost we are planning to share room with two beds. Using HOTWIRE I can specify 4 adults but cannot do so in PRICELINE. IS there a chance if i book priceline i cannot select bed type? It will be our in laws first time in NYC so would like to be centrally located and easy transport access. Areas considering Midtown, Rockefeller but open to other suggestions. Budget is around 250-300 for 4.5-5 star. Any suggestions for the city is always welcome. Thank you
  9. Welcome to BetterBidding! I'll answer each question individually (if not really interested in the inner workings of hotel revenue then feel free to jump to point #2 which is more specific to your upcoming needs): ONE: When do hotels release inventory to Priceline and Hotwire? There is no set time when a hotel will release inventory to PRICELINE / HOTWIRE, as there are a LOT of things that are considered behind the scenes than 'x weeks/months until arrival date'... ultimately it all comes down to supply vs. demand. Hotels have tons of historical data that they can use in order to estimate occupancy levels well into the future. So if a hotel knows that they will have very low occupancy for a date 10+ months from now... they could release deeply discounted inventory to PRICELINE/HOTWIRE in hopes of getting those numbers higher... likewise if they have dates very far into the future where they know they will likely have high demand, then rates for these dates will be higher than usual (even long before the check-in date) and it's possible that no inventory is going to be released to the 'opaque' providers (and what inventory is released may not be discounted very much) To take this a step further.... for any given date let's assume that a hotel expects to have a 75% occupancy rate. Three months before this date the hotel expects to have 60% of their rooms booked (with the expectation that they will get the remaining 15% over the course of the next 3 months). So now it's 3 months before the dates and the hotel is only 50% booked (so they are 10% behind their expectations)... in this scenario they would release inventory to the discount hotel suppliers in order to get closer to their 60% occupancy level; once this 60% occupancy level is achieved, they may pull all remaining inventory and see how bookings come in over the next few weeks. The opposite is also true... if a hotel currently expects to be at 60% occupancy for dates into the future but is currently at 70% occupancy, then they may not release any inventory at a deeply discounted rate. Lastly, it's a common belief (although wrong, imo) that it's best to wait until the last minute because they hotels are 'desperate' and will offer their rooms at the lowest prices just to fill them. This is typically not the case for a variety of reasons: -while guests think in terms of their own benefit and that hotels are desperate to get any revenue for a room, hotels have their own view point that the guest is desperate since they are arriving in just a few days and don't yet have a place to stay -if only a few rooms left, hotels would rather keep those rooms empty and available for any last minute 'walk-in' customers who they can charge the most to. Although with the internet there are probably less walk-in bookings than 10-20+ years ago, it still happens, and these guests are more likely to pay whatever the hotel is asking rather than pack the family back into the car (with disappointed family members) and move onto the next hotel down the road to see if a better price is offered there -hotels need to plan staffing requirements based upon occupancy levels. The front desk, housekeeping, bellman, restaurants, etc, etc, all have different staffing levels based upon occupancy, so if a hotel is currently 70% booked they couldn't jump to 95% occupancy at the last minute (even if they wanted to) as the hotel would then be understaffed for the occupancy levels and it could result in a poor guest experience (which then leads to poor reviews and the hotel then has a whole host of other issues on its hands) TWO: Back to your upcoming stay above... So to confirm, you're about $15 away from the Animal Kingdom being the 'right' price which you would act upon? Would this be a desirable/acceptable property for this trip? Would the Swan or Dolphin be acceptable for this trip, as i'm seeing The Walt Disney World Dolphin for $175/nite and The Swan for $187/nite should either of these be of interest. Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases. Let us know the information above (re: Animal Kingdom at under $250/nite and/or if the Swan or Dolphin are acceptable) and we'll take it from there.
  10. I'm hoping to find a deluxe Disney property hotel for 7/20-24 for 2 adults with rates of $250 or less/night. Since there seems to be a slump in Disney travel prior the big August release, I was hoping to start seeing availability pop up. So far, the only thing I'm seeing on Hotwire or Priceline is Animal Kingdom for $260/night. I've been using the tools on biddinghelper.com- Priceline express and Hotwire easy view. Any thoughts on when additional options might show up on Priceline or Hotwire? Is there any method to when new hotels are added to the listings? Thanks for your help!
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  12. Note that things like 'Free Breakfast' and 'Room Service' are usually not amenities that are offered at the same hotels... free breakfast is offered more at 'mid-range' hotels (2.5*-3.5*) where has room service is typically offered at 4* and higher rated properties (yes, you may find some 3*/3.5* hotels that offer room service, but more often than not they won't offer free breakfast if they are trying to present themselves as a 'full service' hotel). What about Hyatt Place Colorado Springs/Garden Of The Gods for $158/nite or Colorado Springs Marriott for $215/nite (which would come down to about $205/nite after our Priceline Coupon)... or you could book one that you mentioned above, Best Western Plus Executive Residency Fillmore Inn on sale for $156/nite, well within your stated budget and one that you mention you would be happy with. (you do have somewhat specific needs, so you may even want to consider booking this one at $178/nite that is refundable up until the day before your stay, this way if nothing comes along between now and then, you at least have something that works for your needs and budget... should something 'better' appear on PRICELINE / HOTWIRE then you simply book that and cancel the refundable reservations) Any of these work for your needs? Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases. Let us know what you decide and how it goes or how we can be of further help.
  13. Congratulations on your success! Glad to see you received the hotel you were hoping for and that you're happy with the results. Thank you for sharing your win with the board. Please click the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases. Enjoy your stay.
  14. Parameters: about $180/night max, but some flexibility in that umber for a really nice hotel. Really would like a place where we can get a full breakfast within the hotel (buffet is ideal, free would be nice). Would like free parking. free internet, no smoking room, 2 beds, room service availability would be nice. The Antlers (Wyndam) has some horrifying reviews on Yelp.. I was looking at: DRURY INN & SUITES COLORADO SPRINGS, Best Western Plus Executive Residency Fillmore Inn Thanks!
  15. successfully booked 4* HOTWIRE Gatlinburg Southwest for $200.00, Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. Thanks
  16. Focusing on 7/13-17 only (not seeing this when looking at 7/13-18, unfortunately), I'm seeing on PRICELINE EXPRESS: 3.5* Colorado Springs South (<<<---CLICK HERE to go direct to the listing; please confirm that the correct dates 7/13-17 are showing on the detail page) for $147 Pets Allowed Restaurant Indoor Swimming Pool Free Internet available Free Internet Indoor or Outdoor Pool Fitness Center >>>Best guess would the Antlers, a Wyndham Hotel. While splitting the stay isn't optimal, thought I'd offer this suggestion as this is a centrally located hotel showing for this portion of your stay only. Please let us know if you have any questions; definitely let us know more about what you are looking for and we would be happy to offer suggestions tailored to what you are seeking. Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases.
  17. Thank you for closing this thread with your decision. Please remember to follow-up your threads with your wins/decisions as you make them (even if you don't ultimately use PRICELINE / HOTWIRE, cancel the trip, book direct, etc) as this help keep the board better organized and more useful for everyone... as well as being a courtesy to anyone who took the time to help with your travel plans. Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases. Hope you had a good trip.
  18. What parameters / criteria is it that you are looking for in a hotel for this trip? What is your maximum budget (per nite before fees/taxes)? If you let us know more about what is that you are looking for we can try to help you find something that meets your needs. Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases.
  19. OK, thanks. Reviews don't look so great, so I'm going to keep looking.
  20. Congratulations on your success! Nicely done! Hope you're pleased with the results and this hotel will be convenient for your needs this nite. Thank you for sharing your win and using the PRICELINE links on the board to begin your purchase. Enjoy your stay.
  21. When you get a chance please follow-up your previous Walt Disney Hotwire Hotel thread with whatever you ended up doing for that trip. Please remember to follow-up your threads with your wins/decisions as you make them (even if you don't ultimately use PRICELINE / HOTWIRE, cancel the trip, book direct, etc) as this help keep the board better organized and more useful for everyone... as well as being a courtesy to anyone who took the time to help with your travel plans. For this offer: 3* Central Colorado Springs (<-- CLICK HERE and confirm your dates on the landing page) for $96/nite with: Pets Allowed Free Parking Restaurant Free Internet available Free Internet Free Breakfast Fitness Center ==> MCM Elegante Suites is our best guess for this one Exactly why we created this new feature... Search using our BiddingHelper.com tool and in the PRICELINE EXPRESS tab click the 'FIND MATCH in HOTEL LIST' button next to this offer as it will show you the best matches (and if a perfect match or not)... doing so for the offer above will reveal this to be the MCM Elegante Suites Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases. Let us know how it goes or if we can be of further help.
  22. Started with BB PRICELINE link, bid $48, PL counter $57, rebid $49 accepted. PRICELINE EXPRESS is $51
  23. Hotel Amenities Free Internet Available Free Parking Free Breakfast Pets Allowed No Smoking Rooms/Facilities Fitness Center Handicapped Rooms/Facilities Spa Restaurant Free Internet Access
  24. Congratulations on your success! A nice deal at a 'true' 5 star property. Thank you for sharing your winning priceline bid with the board. Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases. Have a great trip... and good luck in Vegas!
  25. Cost was $185/night with $81.98 taxes and fees. A $18.50 credit. So $433.48 and hotel fees will be 102.04. Purchased on March 5, 2019, 196 days in advance. Hotel is still at $254/nt.
  26. Best guess for the hotel in the link above is the Palazzo... although interesting that when i search i'm shown the Venetian. I'm guessing the price difference between the two rooms is one is 'standard' and the other may be a 'Strip View'... i'm fairly confident it's not a room on the Prestige Level. I've stayed at the Venetian/Palazzo many times and, imo, the cost of a strip upgrade is not worth it, imo, as you will spend more time outside of the hotel room in Las Vegas than you will inside the room staring out the window (and looking at the mountains and/or planes flying in/out of the airport is decent enough). However, if you decided that you do think it's worth the extra cost, the only problem is that the differentiation of view/no view is my guess and the room is not marked as such, so if you did receive a room that did not have a strip view there would be little recourse. Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases. Let us know what you decide and how it goes or how we can be of further help.
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