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  2. Looks like a very nice deal. I'm sure hotel revenue managers are having a difficult time at the moment pricing rooms since they really don't have any track record to gauge on how quickly demand will come back. Nice job looking ahead and picking this up while you can.
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  4. Congratulations on your success! Nice to see you received the hotel you were hoping for and that it was a nice discount vs. a AAA rate. Thank you for sharing your results and using the HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your purchase. Enjoy your stay.
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  6. I just found an online site that offers gift cards of all sorts at discounted prices. Just bought 2 $200 Delta Airlines gift cards for $84 a piece at raise.com after a 10% first purchase discount and another discount of 7.5% of the cards value.
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  8. You can easily ID this property using the new features of our BiddingHelper tool: 1) search at BiddingHelper.com 2) click the PRICELINE RESEARCH tab 3) hover your mouse over (or click) the BLUE 'See Match from Hotel List' button For this 3.5* Flushing - Whitesthone offer for $104/nite: Pets Allowed Fitness Center Airport Shuttle Restaurant No Smoking Rooms/Facilities Free Internet ==> BiddingHelper.com indicates the Sheraton Laguardia East hotel 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.
  9. Great... glad to hear it all worked out! Most hotels are being very accommodative given the unprecedented situation. Looking forward to helping with your future travel plans once this is behind us.
  10. Congratulations on your success! Hope you're pleased with the outcome and this hotel will work well for your plans. Thank you for sharing your win with the board and helping us add this hotel to the Seattle Hotwire Hotel List. Please click the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases. Safe travels and enjoy your stay.
  11. It's your trip, so you know your needs best, but why stay in Brooklyn if most of your time is going to be in Manhattan? The only reason to stay in Brooklyn would be to save money, and maybe a deal comes along that makes a Brooklyn stay worthwhile (you should also consider Long Island City, Hoboken, and/or Jersey City if there is a hotel along the waterfront (not all Jersey City hotels are well located))... but generally speaking i think you have just as good of a chance of getting a deal at a Manhattan hotel for about the same price. The issue that may hurt you in finding a Manhattan hotel would be that most charge resort fees now, so if Brooklyn hotels are not charging a resort fee, that will be the primary difference when it comes to budget. However, i'll reiterate that staying in Manhattan should be worth a premium, imo, you don't want to spend 10% of your vacation time commuting... and if coming to NYC, 'the city that never sleeps', why are you looking for some place that is 'not as busy'... your hotel will be quiet enough to offer you respite from your busy days. If you're not sure if this was indeed the Hilton or not, start using our BiddingHelper.com tool in order to search as it will indicate the likely underlying hotel for each offer. Just as an example, this 3 star Lower East Side - Chinatown hotel for $80/nite (appearing to be the Wyndham Garden Chinatown) would be a better option and worth the extra $20/nite vs. staying in Brooklyn. It's not the most central location in Manhattan, but it would be a better and more convenient option. 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. Your thoughts?
  12. Welcome to BetterBidding! We're happy to offer our thoughts and any insight we may have, and if a specific answer is not available we can discuss how things have been handled in the past in similar situations (although this situation is more extreme/severe/widespread that what we have seen in the past). For starters, have you see this Priceline Coronavirus page and tried the instructions regarding hotel cancellations? (airlines are discussed first... hotels are listed about halfway down the page) Is there a satisfactory response there to your situation, if not, what is the name of the hotel that you received? 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 you make out with the instructions at the link above and we'll take it from there... we're happy to offer more help/assistance any way we can.
  13. Hi Beav, good to see you and glad you stopped by the board! (although sorry to see your previous photo/icon missing... did we lose that in a board upgrade??) There really has not been that much discussion about Priceline Bidding coming back to the system, although the thought has certainly crossed my mind, but i think it is way to early to speculate. Whether bidding returns or not i do think there are going to be some incredible deals to be had in the not-so-distant future (and are already appearing for those who want to, or have to, travel... or are willing to plan travel well into the future). The hotel industry has been so strong for the last 10+ years, occupancy levels high, and fewer and fewer unoccupied rooms to fill at deeply discounted prices that it has made it more difficult for the opaque providers to offer the value they did nearly 20 years ago when most of started to get involved with Priceline/Hotwire (deals have still been available, but they have not been as prevalent and not the screaming deals they were when bidding/opaque first came on the scene. With global travel coming to an abrupt halt the balance of supply/demand has quickly reversed direction, and once people start to travel again we may be seeing lots of deals that were 'as good as the old days'. Hope you and your loved ones/family are doing well and that things return to 'normal' more quickly than is currently predicted.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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!
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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!
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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!
  28. 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!
  29. 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.
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