I started my bidding yesterday with 3.5*, in the UES, MTW, MTE, CPS areas, at $80. After the rejections I added some additional districts (Chelsea, UES) and went to $90, and another rejection. Expanded to include Times Square and raised by bid to $95. I figured the Times Square wouldn't be available at that rate, but it was a nice way to sneak in another bid :-) Today I started with 3.5* UES, MTW, MTE, and CPS for $100. After that rejection, I added Chelsea and UES and went to $120. When that didn't work, I included 3* searches and changed my bid to $125. Priceline said that bid was accepted, and in the process I was upgraded to a 4* hotel! The upgrade was a pleasant surprise. All bidding started through the PRICELINE link.