Priceline Hotel: Didn't get hotel - Will bid again today and need help with strategy

By Orcrone,

Recommended Posts

I need a hotel for one night on 10/10 in San Pedro, CA prior to a cruise. I saw one member bid $75 a night for a 2 nite stay starting 10/19 for a 3.5* hotel and his bid was accepted. The bid was just placed several days ago. So I bid the same $75 and the bid was not accepted. I added a zone with no 3.5* or higher hotels, increased the bid to $80 and was refused. My wife then did the same thing going as high as $88 but no luck.


Before trying again later today I was hoping for some suggestions for bidding.



Link to comment

Rates can be very date specific, and the night before cruises tends to be especially popular.  On Priceline's retail side the 3.5* Crowne Plaza is $189 for your date.  There weren't any San Pedro Priceline Express offers at any star level.  


You've used the only correct free re-bid zone properly.  


You could book a cancelable back-up and keep bidding at your current level to see if a last minute deal occurs.  


Other than that, your only options are to raise your bid at the 3.5* level or consider a lower star level.  





Link to comment

A few additional suggestions:

1) use our sister site Pre Cruise Hotels which will show you hotels (and rates for your dates) for hotels near the San Pedro pier (as well as some additional infomration)

2) if you're driving to the pier can you stay the nite before in a nearby area and drive a bit further to the pier the following day? (if flying in and relying on taxis this is a less feasible option)

3) if you are going to wait, sign up for alerts with our new RateDrop service which will notify you any time rates drop based upon the criteria you stipulate

One of the issues (which ties into Romelle's comments above) is that there just aren't a lot of 3.5* hotels in this zone, so there are few hotels available to accept your bid, and those which are available, star at $199/nite for your dates, making your current bidding less than half of prevailing rates.

What is your maximum bid for this stay?

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

Keep us updates on your progress and let us know how we can be of further help along the way.

Good luck!

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

Link to comment

One of the web sites I use quite a bit - rome2rio.com - says a taxi from Port of Long Beach to Port of Los Angeles (San Pedro) is about $19.  


Like any site with general information, I don't completely rely on it but it usually gives me a good general idea.  


If the deal in the Port of Long Beach were within maybe at least $30 less, that might be an option for you?



Link to comment
  • 1 year later...

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.


When the 'opaque' services don't work for your need, please book thru our sister site MAPS and HOTELS.com.

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

Link to comment
Need help with your own trip?

Register now, we have a huge community of travel enthusiasts to answer any questions you might have.

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account
Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
PRICELINE & HOTWIRE on one screen!
NOTE: Priceline searches for
Room %roomN%:
Age of child:
  • Create New...