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ilander

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  1. Was trying for a 2.5* Airport Hotel and added USW after a rejected bid thinking rates at the AP would be lower than downtown. Got a surprise, the Best Western The Hotel California for $61 for May 26, 2011. It worked out okay as I needed to be downtown the next day anyway.
  2. This was a bid for a post cruise stay for three rooms. Bids of $82, 85, and 87 were rejected. $90 U.S. was about $111 CAD at the time of the bid, the cheapest prepaid rate on the Westin site was $289 CAD.
  3. The Hyatt Place Convention Center is located at 8741 International Drive. The Hyatt Place Orlando/Universal is located at 5995 Caravan Court. The hotel I got is Hyatt Place Orlando/Universal on Caravan Court. The title has been changed to indicate otherwise.
  4. On first bid, proceeding after receiving the PRICELINE, bid unlikely to be accepted message, I got two rooms at the Hyatt Place Orlando Universal. Hotel website rate at time of bid was $107.
  5. Got this hotel on first bid, so may have left some on the table. At the time of the bid, the standard reservation rate is $149 the advance nonrefundable rate is $129.
  6. Finished off the last of the reservations for this trip. After looking at available options and my family needs, I settled on the Residence Inn for price and ammenities. The hotel had the expected icons: smokefree, breakfast, fitness, pool, rest., laundry, internet, kitchennette. Had been watching the hotel for a while on HOTWIRE. Rates started at $159 six weeks ago, then went to $149, and today I bit the bullet at $139. The regular reservation rate was $269. Rates may keep trending lower, but I'm happy with $139 for Downtown Vancouver in July and I've locked it in. I had rather use PR
  7. Needed to be in Huntsville near the Von Braun Center for the weekend. Limted to 2.5 star and lower quality in the Huntsville Zone. My wife wanted to be in the Hunsville zone. I would have just targeted the Marriot in the west zone, but we compromised, and I had to try for the Huntsville zone. First bid of $45 rejected. No free rebids. Here is where the PRICELINE Peter Principle, if it can go wrong it will go wrong, comes into play. So rather than just go for the 3* in the west zone, I tried to finesse the bidding. The South zone listed 3* and 2* biddding, no 2.5*. I figured I would
  8. I'll throw my 2 cents in. If HOTWIRE has an offering for $49 you should be successful at $44 with PRICELINE, at least in my experience. I'd say 90+% of the time Priceline has what Hotwire is offering. That being said, there are still some times to use Hotwire such as when you can identify a hotel you want and when you have more than two people and you don't want the uncertainty. In your case, here is how I would go about it. Bid 2* in your chosen zone at $30. Add second zone choice, bid $37. Add your third choice bid $44. If you don't have a hotel at this point start a brand new bid.
  9. Most are paying $85 through April. Cruise season starts in May and things change a lot. I've bid up to $146 for a stay in July with no luck. At this point all you can do is book a workable back-up reservation which can be cancelled, bide your time, and hope that the hotels allocate Priceline some lower priced inventory closer to your stay. I went back and checked, the $90 win I saw was in April instead of May and that makes a lot of difference. It seems many folks are in the same boat we are in waiting on some PRICELINE inventory in Vancouver. Hopefully, we will eventually have some l
  10. I saw on one of the cruise boards where a guy won a 4* in Vancouver in May for $90. You may be just off the mark. At the 4* level everything but the Airport is a free bid. But you really need to review the FAQ and figure out how to tell yourself. Its really easy once you get the hang of it. Simply check each zone individually and see what star levels are available. Uncheck that one and check the next to see what is available. Take notes and continue till all zones are noted. Then you know where your free rebids fall. Good luck.
  11. 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.
  12. Title gives the information. First bid of $67 was accepted for two rooms. Website direct rate was $199. Placed various 3* bids up to $75 and 4* up to $130 for this stay during the last week and all were rejected. This is for a pre-cruise stay for the family and will do fine. Free buffet breatfast, coin laundry, and free shuttle to some to the sites make it a winner for our needs on this trip.
  13. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Under the current system Priceline should just accept every bid and adjust the hidden fee to make whatever they want to make under the deal. Priceline would take advantage of everyone who didn't slow down and review more than just the amount of the bid and the dates when reviewing their bid. You seem to indicate that this would be okay. It doesn't take a leap of faith to think a $24 a day car will be cheaper than a competitors $28.95 a day car. That thought process assumes you are dealing with straight-forward parties though, and that assumptio
  14. I wanted to relay some information regarding two of my recent Priceline rental purchases. The first was a three day rental from DFW. Hotwire showed a rental rate of $15.95 a day with a total cost for the rental of $$81.98. I bid $14 a day through Priceline not paying particular attention to the review your bid page. Priceline accepted the offer and the total cost was $87.48. That right!!! A $14 a day Priceline rental cost more than a $15.95 Hotwire rental due to the fees hidden by Priceline in the "taxes and fees not to exceed" line item. After the above incident I reviewed a previo
  15. Bid of $40 rejected. Got 5 rooms. Best web rate at this hotel was $89 at time of bid.
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