Priceline Hotel: Help newbie with Vancouver July/August 2008

By plinko,

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I am looking for a 4* hotel for before and after a cruise for

7/26 - 7/27 and 8/3 - 8/5

I have read others getting the Hyatt and the like for $85, so I bid $85, $95, and $101 for each of my dates and was rejected.

I obviously have time, so I'm looking for bidding strategies and advice, and any other suggestions.

Thank you in advance!

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Welcome to Betterbidding.

What is your maximum budget? Previous wins by others can only be a guide as hotel prices vary due to several factors.

What does HOTWIRE have for your dates? This is usually a good indicator of availability and price now.

Do you understand the concept of 'Free Rebids'?

You have at 4* 3 free rebid areas which could give you 8 rebids if you use the permutation method.

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Thank you.

Yes, I understand how to rebid -- the explanations on this site were great, which is how I placed my first three bids, but stopped to get some help. My "budget" is whatever it takes to get a good hotel (booking direct is around $350/night), but obviously would prefer to spend less. Hotwire is showing things in the 189-219 range (should post those to see if people can id), but I was hoping for an indication of what good priceline bids would be. If I need to bid near Hotwire, I'd probably rather go with HOTWIRE, since it seems easier to narrow down hotels and areas in Vancouver.

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You should expect to pay at least $110/night for a 4* in Vancouver during the summer, and don't be surprised if you have to go a lot higher. Since your trip is still several months away, I wouldn't go any higher than $140 for now.

I looked at the HOTWIRE listings for 8/3-8/5, and I believe that I can identify the downtown hotels that you were referring to (I can't guarantee that these guesses are correct, though):

4* Downtown Entertainment District: suite, smoke free rooms, fitmess, pool, restaurant, business, high-speed internet, kitchenette - Westin Grand

4* Downtown West: boutique, shuttle, fitmess, pool, restaurant, laundry, high-speed internet, kitchenette, spa - Pacific Palisades

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I have been looking for a 4* in Vancouver for a little while now for 7/27 - 7/ 29. So far, I've bid up to $146 for a 4* Downtown with no luck. I'm not sure if it interests you but you can book the Hyatt for $215 CAD and the Pacific Pallisades for $200 CAD a night at least in my date range at Quickbook.com and it is cancellable up to two days before the reservation. I had rather do that now than lock-in the HOTWIRE offering at about the same price. I have used Quickbook before and have found them to be a reputable firm.

Hope you have a good trip.

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I'm not sure if it interests you but you can book the Hyatt for $215 CAD at Quickbook.com and it is cancellable up to two days before the reservation.

Thank you so much for this! I did reserve the Hyatt at $215, which seems much better than saving $20 or $30 and taking a risk at Hotwire or Priceline. We'll see how it works, though with the help of tilepusher's incredible id skills, I might monitor Hotwire and switch to that in a bit.

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