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  2. Hello friends, On February 17 2020, I bid (by using your link) a hotel on Hot Wire. I won the exact hotel your helper thought it would be - The Scotsdale Plaza Resort. The trip is for the end of April and I don't feel we should travel. But... more than the flying and hotel part is the fact that many restaurants, stores and attractions may not be open. I'd rather not take that chance. I cannot find good info regarding if Hotwire will refund my money and cancel the reservation due to Corona. It seems every other place is. Any info or suggestions? Thank you so much!
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  4. Priceline now has online cancellation available as well, depending upon what hotel, airline, or cruise line you have booked with. More information can be found here: Priceline Coronavirus Cancel
  5. At the moment the NYOP product as we knew it is gone. There is still bidding available via their app, but it's a different product... most notably there is no re-bidding which really eliminates the biggest benefit for the user. As long as your stay is for 2+ nites and for a 3+ star rated hotel, you can usually do just as well using PRICELINE EXPRESS along with one of our Priceline Coupons. Not only is the price very close after our coupon, but you get the advantage of having a very good guess as to the hotel being offered. For HOTWIRE and PRICELINE EXPRESS you can research/identify hotels using the recent updates to our BiddingHelper tool: 1) search using BiddingHelper.com 2) click the HOTWIRE EASY VIEW or PRICELINE EXPRESS tab 3) hover your mouse (or click) the blue 'FIND MATCH in HOTEL LIST' ==> most hotels are instantly revealed Not sure when you're looking to travel, but if far enough in advance that you believe the current events will subside, there are some incredible bargains to be had. Although NYOP as we knew it may have disappeared, i think there is a chance that Priceline / Hotwire may regain its footing and once again reign supreme as the discount King and Queen... there will be a HUGE amount of unsold hotel inventory which should be deeply discounted in the months ahead that we may see the kinds of deals we were used to 5-10 years ago.
  6. Most of the features of NYOP have been eliminated from the app as well... no more re-bidding since you can only bid on one zone at a time. In most instances you can get as good of a deal with PRICELINE EXPRESS or HOTWIRE, especially when using our Priceline Coupon. The caveat is that our 'everyday' coupon requires a 2+ nite stay, although at the moment (valid until tomorrow 3/15) there is also a $20 off coupon that requires a $100 purchase (no star rating or minimum number of nites). Also, there was never really any way to determine which hotel you would get when bidding, but recently both PRICELINE EXPRESS and HOTWIRE have made it easier to research / identify hotels. Most hotels can be identified using our BiddingHelper.com tool: 1) search at BiddingHelper.com 2) click the HOTWIRE EASY VIEW tab or PRICELINE EXPRESS tab 3) hover your mouse (or click) the blue 'FIND MATCH in HOTEL LIST' --> most hotel names will be shown instantly If you see a hotel that you're interested in and would like us to have a second look before purchase, or if a hotel has not yet been identified, feel free to ask for help and we will take a look. Good luck in your pursuit in a hotel and let us know if we can be of any help with your current travel plans.
  7. I usually do not... if i had an aging parent that was sick or some other 'inside' knowledge that would make increase the chances i would need to cancel then i would consider it (or if i was traveling internationally since there are more moving parts involved in that), but i'm statistical in nature so i take a probability point of view: If the hotel above (before resort fees since those would not be paid if you for whatever reason did not show up at the hotel) cost ~$300 and the insurance is ~$20, i figure the insurance is about 6.5% of what my 'loss' would be. So it comes down to whether or not i think have a greater than 6% chance of needing to cancel for a covered event. I italicize the last part of that sentence as there are many events that would not be covered by the insurance (for example, 'epidemics' are an excluded event so it would likely not apply given the current situation). There are lots of other exclusions for which insurance companies would not have to pay so i'd prefer to 'self insure'. As well, i would also have some sort of travel insurance from my credit card company (not sure what it does/does not cover), and there is always a chance that the booking company (priceline/hotwire) would allow for a refund (or issue a credit to be used on a future purchase) should things get even worse. The companies have been 'pretty good' in the past of allowing cancellations/issuing refunds when there were location specific issues, but they may take a harder stance in a nationwide/worldwide epidemic since it would have more of an effect on their bottomline. So far playing the odds has worked in my favor, but it only works until it doesn't, so you have to weigh your own tolerance for risk and if there are any factors in your own life that would increase/decrease the probability of you needing to cancel the trip.
  8. Congratulations on your success! Looks like a nice deal, hope you're happy with the results and this works well for your plans. 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.
  9. Welcome to BetterBidding! We're glad you're here... and you'll be glad you're here too, as we take the guesswork out of HOTWIRE and PRICELINE EXPRESS. One key bit of information missing from your post above is your budget, as that will more likely be the deciding factor as far as what type of hotel and star rating you shoot for. Assuming you know the area a little and the name of some of the hotels that you are hoping for, i would start as follows: 1) use our BiddingHelper.com tool, enter your location and dates, and click the search button 2) once the results are shown click the HOTWIRE EASY VIEW tab (or the PRICELINE EXPRESS tab) and on the left side of the page filter the results to only the zones that you are interested in and are nearby the entrance to Disneyland 3) within each of the results hover your mouse over the 'SEE MATCH from HOTEL LIST' button and the likely name of that hotel will be shown If you're not familiar with the area, you may also want to open another browser tab to MAPS and HOTELS.com, enter the address of Disneyland and you'll be able to see the hotel names that are in the immediate area near the entrance... these are the names of the hotels that you should be hoping to see within the BiddingHelper.com. Does this get you started in the right direction? If you see something that is of interest let us know and we can confirm the hotel ID, or if you're still at a loss let us know your expected budget (per nite before taxes/fees) and we'll have a look as well. 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.
  10. Congratulations on your success! Glad to see you're happy with the results and this is a hotel you've been wanting to try. Thank you for sharing your win with the board and helping us update the Redding Hotwire Hotel List. Please click the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases. Enjoy your stay.
  11. Congratulations on your success! Glad to see you were able to adjust your trip to less expensive dates and that you are pleased with the outcome. 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... and have fun in Vegas!
  12. Congratulations on your success! Nice to see you received the hotel you were hoping for and that it was even lower than you originally expected. We're glad you were able to utilize the current Hotwire Coupon for even more savings. Thank you for using the HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your purchase and sharing your win, helping us confirm this hotel for the Cancun Hotwire Hotel List. Enjoy your stay.
  13. Happy to help and thank you for 'closing' with your decision... let us know if you want us to have a look at anything else for any future trips. Keep in mind our current Priceline Coupons also work for pre-paid stays that are rated 3+ stars and for stays that are 2+ nites, so that could be an option as well if there is a specific hotel you wanted to book.
  14. Congratulations on your (friend's) success! Kudos to you for treating your friend to a few nites of luxury... i'm sure they'll be quite pleased with the stay. Thanks, we're glad to hear you like it... please help spread the word about it to others you know who use HOTWIRE / PRICELINE EXPRESS. Thank you for sharing your results and using the HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your purchase. Hope your friend has a great time!
  15. Welcome to BetterBidding! It's never easy to know with any high degree of certainty if it's better to book now or if rates will come down closer to check-in date. The push that would imply higher rates is that this is peak season in NYC... the pull that might suggest lower rates is that travel is currently slowing on account of coronavirus. I think you can find the best of both worlds with this offer from Hotwire: 4.5* HOTWIRE Rockefeller Center for $175 Smoke-free rooms Fitness center Restaurant(s) Business center Internet access Accessible for visually impaired Accessible for hearing impaired Accessible path of travel In-room accessibility ==> Warwick New York This is a well reviewed hotel with a location just north of Times Square. This makes it very easy to walk to Times Square without having the crowds of Times Square itself right outside your hotel door each time you leave/enter the building. As well, there are multiple subway stations and lines within a few block walk in any direction that can easily take you just about anywhere in the city you want to go. We currently have a Hotwire Coupon that takes 7% off which brings this to $245/nite on an all-in basis, just $5 over your target budget. This is a 'clear winner' in my option vs. the other offers (from both PRICELINE EXPRESS and HOTWIRE)... there are other hotels that are acceptable that can save you $20/nite, but relatively speaking in think the Warwick is worth the extra $20 as it should give you everything you're seeking. Does this one 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 how it goes or if we can be of further help.
  16. Congratulations on your success! Glad we were able to assist and that you received the hotel you were hoping for. Thank you for sharing your win and using the PRICELINE links on the board to begin your purchase. Enjoy your stay.
  17. Congratulations on your success! Glad to see you found a work around to avoid the hotels in the zone that you don't want while targeting the one that you do want. Thank you for sharing your win with the board. Enjoy the rest of your stay.
  18. Congratulations on your success! Glad to see you figured out which hotel this would be and that you're happy with the deal. If you haven't seen it yet, we have updated our BiddingHelper tool which can identify most hotels: 1) search using BiddingHelper.com 2) click the HOTWIRE EASY VIEW (or PRICELINE EXPRESS) tab 3) hover/click the 'FIND MATCH' button next to each listing Thank you for sharing your win with the board and helping us update the Austin Hotwire Hotel List. Have a great stay!
  19. Congratulations on your success! Glad to see you received the hotel you were hoping for but sorry to hear the hotel did not 'do the right thing' by giving you a room to accommodate the number of guests on your reservation. For now we will give them the benefit of the doubt that it was an oversight and they would have changed your room if you had brought it to their attention. Thank you for sharing your win with the board and helping us update this hotel in the Kansas City Hotwire Hotel List. Please click the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases. Hope your kids at least got to use the pool and enjoyed it!
  20. Congratulations on your success and thank you for sharing your win with the board. I will have a look as to why the Ottawa hotels are not appearing in the Canada Hotwire Hotel List, thank you for letting us know (as i do see hotels in this area in the database). If you're not using it, do check out the recent updates to our BiddingHelper tool, as this hotel (and most others) is easily identified. Simply do a search at BiddingHelper.com, click the HOTWIRE EASY VIEW tab (or the PRICELINE EXPRESS tab), and the hover your mouse/click on the blue 'FIND MATCH' button. Glad to see you're happy with the results of this one as it looks like a great deal and BIG DISCOUNT to regular rates. Please click the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases. Enjoy your stay.
  21. GREAT... glad we were able to help and you received the hotel you were hoping for! Thank you for sharing your results and using the HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your purchase. Enjoy your stay and have fun at the parks!
  22. Welcome to BetterBidding! Best guess for this offer: 4* Riverwalk Area (<-- CLICK HERE and confirm your dates on the landing page) for $148/nite with: Fitness Center Restaurant No Smoking Rooms/Facilities Free Internet Indoor or Outdoor Pool ==> San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter is the most likely (NOTE: the Hyatt Regency and Marriott Plaza can't be completely ruled out, but i believe the Marriott Rivercenter is the most likely) Another option for the same price would be this one from Hotwire: 4* HOTWIRE Riverwalk - Alamo - Convention Center for $149 Pet friendly Boutique hotel Smoke-free rooms Fitness center Pool(s) Restaurant(s) Business center Internet access Golf nearby ==> The Westin Riverwalk is my guess here 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.
  23. If you recall, can you please close your previous Hotwire Scottsdale 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. As far as NYC goes here are some options that seem to fit your goal and budget: 4* Midtown West - Hell's Kitchen (<-- CLICK HERE and confirm your dates on the landing page) for $73/nite with: Fitness Center Restaurant No Smoking Rooms/Facilities Free Internet ==> Yotel New York Times Square 4* Rockefeller Center - Bryant Park (<-- CLICK HERE and confirm your dates on the landing page) for $80/nite with: Fitness Center Restaurant No Smoking Rooms/Facilities Free Internet ==> The Jewel facing Rockefeller Center Hotel If a 3.5* is also acceptable this one also gets good reviews so i'm including it as well: 3.5* HOTWIRE Madison Square Garden for $95 Free breakfast Free internet Pet friendly Smoke-free rooms Fitness center Business center Kitchenette ==> Homewood Suites by Hilton NY Midtown Manhattan / Times Square 4* HOTWIRE Madison Square Garden for $89 Free internet Boutique hotel Smoke-free rooms Restaurant(s) Business center Accessible for visually impaired Accessible for hearing impaired Accessible path of travel ==> Distrikt Hotel NYC Any of the above 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 what you decide and how it goes or how we can be of further help.
  24. Welcome to BetterBidding! For this one: 4* Walt Disney World - Bonnet Creek (<-- CLICK HERE and confirm your dates on the landing page) for $119/nite with: Fitness Center Restaurant No Smoking Rooms/Facilities Indoor or Outdoor Pool ==> Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek would be the best guess If you're only looking for something on-site this is the closest to what you're currently seeking, although it would involve you increasing your budget and/or lowering your star rating: 3.5* HOTWIRE Walt Disney World - Bonnet Creek for $230 Free parking Free internet Resort Airport shuttle Smoke-free rooms Fitness center Pool(s) Restaurant(s) Business center ==> i believe this one to be the Disney's Coronado Springs Resort 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 your thoughts and how you'd like to proceed (or how it goes if you take either of the above) and we'll take it from there.
  25. Congratulations on your success! Looks like a nice deal for what is typically a very expensive area. Hope you're happy with the outcome and this hotel will be convenient for your plans. 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.
  26. Sorry about that, i see the one you're referring to now, as it only appeared when i applied filters to the search results. For THIS ONE <-- CLICK HERE Free Internet Access Fitness Center No Smoking Rooms/Facilities Pets Allowed Restaurant Swimming Pool ==> i'd agree that the Aloft Chicago Mag Mile is the best guess for this one 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.
  27. Welcome to BetterBidding and congratulations on your success... nicely done! Nice to see you received the hotel you were hoping for and are happy with the outcome. Glad you were able to take advantage of the board's coupon and are looking forward to your arrival. Thank you for using the HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your purchase and sharing your win, helping us continue to update the Orlando Hotwire Hotel List. Enjoy your stay.
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