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Priceline Hotel: Bidding strategy for 4* in Time Square, Central Park South, Midtown West, Upper West Side 04/25/12 to 04/28/12 (2 Rooms)


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4*

Check In: Wednesday, 4/25

Check Out: Saturday, 4/28 (3 nights)

Two (2) Rooms each night

Top Locations: Time Square, Central Park South, Midtown West, Upper West Side

Acceptable Location: Chelsea

Hoping for a max bid of $220 per room, before taxes.

A. Looking for two rooms, would it be better to use HOTWIRE?

B. I have not had any success. Is $220 not realistic?

I understand the bidding process and free bids, thanks to your forum. I always use your PRICELINE links. Thank you.

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Welcome to BetterBidding!

If you haven't yet, please read your messages.

For your previous bids, have you yet included Chelsea or did you stick with the other four zones? Is the ESB zone not acceptable as this zone is typically convenient and works out well for the average user.

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We have friends that live in Upper West Side and they suggested the zones. Getting 4* hotel for the best price takes precedence to location, so yes, we would be open to ESB.

I tried all the options without Chelsea, then went back and tried with it.

Thanks for your service, and I use your links - always!

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At the moment you're probably just a bit shy of winning with your $220 bid, but let's add the ESB to your bidding to see if it helps at all and if not we'll weigh your options from there...

At the 4* level you have SEVEN re-bid zones. If you're not familiar with re-bidding please read Priceline Re-Bidding Explained and feel free to ask questions and/or confirm your re-bid zones with the board before proceeding.

Select 4* TS, CPS, MTW...

Bid $120, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $125, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $135, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $140, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $145, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE

Select 4* UWS, Chelsea, ESB...

Bid $120, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $125, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $135, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $140, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $145, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE

Select 4* UWS, CPS, MTW...

Bid $150, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $155, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $160, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE

Select 4* TS, Chelsea, ESB...

Bid $150, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $155, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $160, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE

Select 4* TS, Chelsea, MTW...

Bid $165, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $170, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE

Select 4* UWS, CPS, ESB...

Bid $165, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $170, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE

Select 4* TS, CPS, ESB...

Bid $175, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $180, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE

Select 4* UWS, Chelsea, MTW...

Bid $175, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $180, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE

Select 4* TS, CPS, MTW, UWS, Chelsea, ESB...

Bid $185, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $190, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $195, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $200, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $205, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $210, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $215, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $220

Any questions feel free to ask.

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

Good luck and let us know how it goes.

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I went through the complete list today, up to $220 with no luck. This is 9 days before our arrival.

Any suggestions?

Would it be better to wait, if so when?

A good tip: I set one of my default browser tabs to this thread, so it was easy to use your links every time I opened the browser.

Thanks for your help.

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Nobody can say if rates will come down, or move even higher, between now and your stay, but for a more indepth discussion on this subject see the related 'Bid Early or Closer to Arrival' in our PRICELINE FAQ.

Although this is only a 3 nite stay, is SPLITTING YOUR PRICELINE BID an option? How high are you willing to bid, or wait, before lowering your star rating and/or SPLITTING YOUR PRICELINE BID?

Thanks for using the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board.

Please use this HOTWIRE and these PRICELINE LINKS: HOTELS, CAR RENTALS, and AIRFARE to begin your travel purchases

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I upped the max to $240, started by adding $20 to each bid. No luck. Used your PRICELINE links. By the way, the Priceline Maps tools is real handy.

We are going to now drop the star level down to 3.5*.

Zones: TS, MTW, UWS, Chelsea, ESB, and add MSG

Any other red flags besides the Hudson Hotel (CPS) and the walk from MTE at 3.5*?

Would you be able to put together a bidding chart? It is real helpful to follow.

Thank you in advance.

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We are going to now drop the star level down to 3.5*.

Zones: TS, MTW, UWS, Chelsea, ESB, and add MSG

Any other red flags besides the Hudson Hotel (CPS) and the walk from MTE at 3.5*?

Two to note:

UWS- we don't see a lot of bidding at 3.5* and under in this zone so there is an increased likelihood of an 'unknown' property, and the zone does go pretty far north, which may not be the best location for the average user

MSG- has the Affinia Manhattan which overall gets good reviews, there have been some reports of 'priceline/hotwire bias' where guests who book thru 3rd party websites have received rooms which are substantially smaller than all others in the house. Up to you if this would be an issue for a 3 nite stay or not.

Let us know if you want to stick with the zones above or make any revisions and we'll suggest a new strategy to follow.

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

Please use this HOTWIRE and these PRICELINE LINKS: HOTELS, CAR RENTALS, and AIRFARE to begin your travel purchases

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At the 3.5* level you have SIX re-bid zones. If you're not familiar with re-bidding please read Priceline Re-Bidding Explained and feel free to ask questions and/or confirm your re-bid zones with the board before proceeding.

Select 3.5* TS, MTW, UWS...

Bid $120, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $125, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $135, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $140, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $145, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE

Select 3.5* Chelsea, ESB, MSG...

Bid $120, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $125, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $135, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $140, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $145, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE

Select 3.5* Chelsea, MTW, UWS...

Bid $150, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $155, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $160, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE

Select 3.5* TS, ESB, MSG...

Bid $150, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $155, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $160, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE

Select 3.5* TS, ESB, UWS...

Bid $165, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $170, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $175, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE

Select 3.5* Chelsea, MTW, MSG...

Bid $165, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $170, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $175, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE

Select 3.5* TS, ESB, UWS, Chelsea...

Bid $180, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $185, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $190, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE

Select 3.5* TS, ESB, UWS, MTW...

Bid $180, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $185, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $190, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE

Select 3.5* TS, ESB, UWS, MSG...

Bid $180, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $185, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $190, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE

Select 3.5* MTW, MSG, TS, ESB...

Bid $195, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $200, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $205, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE

Select 3.5* MTW, MSG, TS, MSG...

Bid $195, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $200, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $205, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE

Select 3.5* MTW, MSG, TS, Chelsea...

Bid $195, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $200, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $205, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE

Select 3.5* MTW, MSG, TS, ESB, MSG...

Bid $210, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $215, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $220, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE

Select 3.5* MTW, MSG, TS, ESB, Chelsea...

Bid $210, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $215, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $220, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE

Select 3.5* TS, ESB, MSG, Chelsea, MTW, UWS...

Bid $225, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $228, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $230, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $233, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $235, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $238, if rejected add re-bid zone...

Bid $240

Any questions feel free to ask.

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

Good luck and let us know how it goes.

Please use this HOTWIRE and these PRICELINE LINKS: HOTELS, CAR RENTALS, and AIRFARE to begin your travel purchases

Want to know if Rates Drop?? Get alerts at RateDrop.com

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3 days prior to check-in, tried up to $275 for 4*. Nothing.

2 days prior to check-in, tried up to $270 for 3.5*. Nothing.

Looking at priceline results, there are only 3 choices to choose from if paying full price for 3.5*. This is probably the reason that during the 3.5* bidding, the "average medium price" was showing $1999 at times, and $579 at others.

I noticed that the Hotel Indigo was now available for our dates, it wasn't when the other bidder first one it, but it popped in again today. I was hoping to get that, but no luck. (Update - I just called the Hotel Indigo to see if they had rooms and they do not.)

1) Any suggestions? I'll try one more time on Tuesday (day before check-in) and see what happens.

2) FYI -- In the bidding table you provided for 3.5*, there were duplicates. The $180-$190 range has the same starting zones as the $195-$205 range.

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1) Any suggestions? I'll try one more time on Tuesday (day before check-in) and see what happens.

Do you have a back-up reservation / plan? If so, where and how much? Since you've already been turned down at the 3.5* too, is SPLITTING YOUR PRICELINE BID an option at this point?

2) FYI -- In the bidding table you provided for 3.5*, there were duplicates. The $180-$190 range has the same starting zones as the $195-$205 range.

FIXED... sorry about that.

Thanks for using the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.

Please use this HOTWIRE and these PRICELINE LINKS: HOTELS, CAR RENTALS, and AIRFARE to begin your travel purchases

Want to know if Rates Drop?? Get alerts at RateDrop.com

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We do have a back-up. Thanks for making sure. It is the Dream Downtown (Chelsea), 4.5* for $325. Regular rate around 475 for Bronze King. This is way over budget, and the hotel is not really our style, but it was the only decent place I could find.

I won't split. Is it even worth the time to try again? I figured within 24 hours people might start canceling. Priceline is only showing three 3.5* available and twenty 4* at their normal listing price.

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Sorry to see the bidding didn't work out this time around, but it certainly wasn't for a lack of trying... just an example of extreme rates during the busy Spring season.

Thanks for keeping us updated along the way and have a great trip.

Please use this HOTWIRE and these PRICELINE LINKS: HOTELS, CAR RENTALS, and AIRFARE to begin your travel purchases

Want to know if Rates Drop?? Get alerts at RateDrop.com

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