I started with Midtown East and by the end I think I had selected every zone in Manhattan except Harlem. I tried again today and the winning bid ended up being Marriott financial district for $255, $314 after taxes & fees. Then I went through Marriott's site and was quoted $254/$297 inclusive. Called PL for price match and they gave me $26 back - $1 price difference + $25. I wish they would take into account their own higher fees. Total savings of $17. I'm trying to look on the bright side that it's still better than any options on Hotwire, Hotels.com, or small B&B's. Thank you for your informative posts. I hope to try my luck again next time.