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  1. This is a "confession" post. I frequently use 1*s as a rebid when I'm OK with getting a 2* and had done it in the ORD zone some in the past. Well, it kind of caught up with me this time. Everything turned out OK but I was just needing a place for a night before a flight (with shuttle) so 'winning' this had me jumping. This place doen't have a shuttle of course so had to freeload on a nearby hotel's shuttle. This hotel is currently undergoing major work so the floor I was on looked like a warzone. It was just one night and I did hear them quote someone a price of $89 so I can live with it but wanted to share that there are some 1*s out there where there not expected. This is definitely a new hotel to any online list. Your Price Has Been Accepted Congratulations, you got your price of $43 for a 1-star hotel room. Extended Stay America Chicago/Ohare Airport O'hare Airport (ORD) 1201 East Touhy Avenue Des Plaines, Illinois 60018 847-294-9693 Check-In Date: Fri, Sep 23, 2005 Check-In Time: After 03:00 PM Check-Out Date: Sat, Sep 24, 2005 Check-Out Time: 11:00 AM Your Offer Price: $43.00 Number of Rooms: 1 Number of Nights: 1 Subtotal: $43.00 Taxes & Service Fees: $13.64 Total Charges: $56.64
  2. A word of caution - when I checked in I gave them my Priority Club card and a Visa card in case there were incidentals. I just recently received my America PRICELINE EXPRESS bill and this hotel has charged me for the NEXT night after I checked out and got my Amex number from my Priority Club profile. To me this is borderline credit card fraud. It's disputed of course and will eventually be removed but clearly another example of how this is the worst 3* in either SFO airport zone. At checkin there were two people yelling at the manager about something. We were put in a smoking room (Me: "It's pre-paid for a non-smoking room."; Them: "This is all we have.").
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    2.5* Palm Beach (Airport PBI) Courtyard Marriott

    Yes - as I was pre-checking prices this property's rates are up $40 over last summer and the Crowne Plaza is still closed.
  4. Bid $60 (same as last year) and rejected with a $17 counteroffer. Bid $65 and got a $17 counteroffer again(!?!?). Bid $70 and accepted. Maybe $67 would have worked. Best Internet rate is $139; Hotwire wanted $104 for similar. Courtyard By Marriott West Palm Beach Airport Palm Beach Airport (PBI) 1800 Centre Park Drive East Palm Beach, Florida 33401 561-207-1800 Check-In Date: Mon, Aug 15, 2005 Check-In Time: After 03:00 PM Check-Out Date: Tue, Aug 16, 2005 Check-Out Time: 12:00 PM Your Offer Price: $70.00 Number of Rooms: 1 Number of Nights: 1 Subtotal: $70.00 Taxes & Service Fees: $15.55 Total Charges: $85.55
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    Strange?

    I think what she's asking is if there is only one hotel in a zone, why are both 1* and 2 * levels listed. One reason would be to preserve the opaqueness. If you know absolutely for certain that you will get a specific property there would be limited reasons to book through the hotel at their prevailing rate. It also presents the possibility that there's some little low quality property out there in addition to the one you know about. PL's guarantee you'll get your requested quality level or better allows them to do this.
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    ***Suggestion***

    Grad school is fun - pay and work is no good but pretty of fringes that profs have to forego. I'm in the NWA deal for Plat status; can't get there by a credit card. Seems like using a card takes forever to generate a free trip anyway.
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    ***Suggestion***

    Finance prof at K-State; also football season ticketholder. While I meet the "free time available" requirement, I'm fairly lacking in the "work ethic" dept. Except when it come to swing trading in stocks and accruing FF miles with NWA; with these my work ethic is fairly strong. By the way, thank you for your very active involvement at BetterBidding.
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    ***Suggestion***

    I hereby grant you (and anyone else with most posts than me - including the late beloved 'bturner13' who I inexplicably miss a great deal) the status of "uber-poster". Maybe 'thereuare' can figure out a way to institutionalize this. Would be good for business. The word is he'd like to name me "asst. admin" but he knows that since I'm in academics, I'm extremely reluctant to do the actual work it would require.
  9. Was there last night - renovation is still a pipe dream. Was PLed into a smoking room that was desperately in need of updating. High speed internet didn't work and no help available. When checking in, two different parties were complaining about something at the front desk. Beds are comfortable though and shuttle is reliable.
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    Crunching the numbers...

    Yes - $38 would have likely worked. PL's unit profit in this case was base fee of $7.67 plus $2 overbid for the $9.67 total. Their best internet rate was probably twice what you paid though so all in all a great deal.
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    50,000 posts

    Congratulations to BetterBidding and thereuare for reaching 50,000 posts this last weekend. A great depth of information created in these last two years.
  12. The SFO Hyatt is sold out this night so $38 was rejected. Added a downtown zone and accepted at $40. A new hotel for the list. Congratulations, you got your price of $40 for a 3-star hotel room. Holiday Inn Sfo Intl Arpt San Francisco Airport (SFO) 275 South Airport Blvd South San Francisco, California 94080 650-873-3550 Check-In Date: Sat, Jul 2, 2005 Check-In Time: After 03:00 PM Check-Out Date: Sun, Jul 3, 2005 Check-Out Time: 12:00 PM Your Offer Price: $40.00 Number of Rooms: 1 Number of Nights: 1 Subtotal: $40.00 Taxes & Service Fees: $12.87 Total Charges: $52.87
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    3* EWR and commuting question

    I didn't write that clearly enough - hotel shuttle to airport, airport to Newark Penn Station by NJ Transit, PATH to city. Cost per person total is $8.30 each way. Hotel shuttle won't take you to Newark Penn Station (although that would be a great marketing tool).
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    NJ Newark Sheraton Four Points Hotel Elizabeth

    I would agree that this is not one of the "better" 3 star properties but the only part of the 3 star PL description where it might be sub-par is a "high quality" room. Some furniture is a bit worn. The elevators are also worn but mainly because the hotel - for some unknown reason - used a lot of wood trim in there that hasn't held up well. The hotel has a restaurant that serves all 3 meals, room service, fitness room, indoor/outdoor pool,- (these four will get it a 3 star rating with PL) - free wireless throughout the hotel, free USA Today and WSJ. There are several restaurants and businesses within walking distance (a third of a mile). As mentioned elsewhere, the Jersey City zone is much better for those wanting to visit the city but I wouldn't hesitate to bid this for a one night stay before or after a flight.
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    3* EWR and commuting question

    I asked the Four Points front desk guy this very question and he said it would cost $20 one way (which seems high to me) and that it would make sense with 3 people but not one. He said the best option for one person is hotel shuttle/PATH.