geoherb

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  1. Purchased room at the Seatac Radisson Hotel for next month. My Priceline bidding attempts to nearly this price point were not successful. Amenities listed were: Free Internet Pet friendly Indoor pool(s) Airport shuttle Fitness center Pool(s) Restaurant(s) Business center Self-service laundry Internet access Additionally, there was an icon indicating "Bed choice available" below the list of amenities. I did not see any accessible amenities until after booking. Best going rate would have been around $30 more per night including taxes.
  2. I tried bidding through the PRICELINE link and going through the HOTWIRE link here on Better Bidding, but I ended up booking for less directly on the Hilton website. I placed bids for a 4* on Priceline looking for the Downtown zone. I started at $85 and worked my way up to $118 using the free rebid zones where there are not any 4* properties (Coral Springs, Airport North, Airport, Fort Lauderdale North, and Miramar). With taxes and fees, the total was $140.31. On Hotwire, there was a 4* offered for $122. With taxes and fees, the total was $150.36. My room booked through Hilton was $124--$137.64 with taxes. The good news is that I can cancel that reservation and try again using the links through here before our trip to see if prices will come down.
  3. I'm not seeing the "see all" button. I did find this info: This Hotel features the following amenities: Free Parking Free Breakfast Free Internet Pet friendly Pool(s) Business Center Self service laundry Internet access In-room accessibility Accessible bathroom Handicapped parking
  4. I received the Comfort Inn Airport/Cruise Port South on Hotwire for $71 for the Saturday night before Christmas. My previous Priceline bids of up to $90 for a 3* and $63 for a 2.5* in the airport and downtown areas were not successful. Amenities listed on Hotwire were free parking, free breakfast, free internet, pet friendly, pool(s), business center, self service laundry, internet access, and in-room accessibility. The best rate I saw on the Comfort Inn website was $134 for the senior/AARP rate.
  5. My bid of $94 per night for a 4* hotel in downtown Annapolis was accepted by Loews Annapolis Hotel. My first bid of $80 was not accepted, and I was offered acceptance if I rebid $104. I did a free rebid of $94 by adding Arnold zone instead. Self-parking will be an additional $20 a day, but I knew that upfront before bidding in this zone. The total for the three nights is $60 less than the government rate would have cost me. The new BiddingHelper.com is great.
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    4* Quebec (Downtown) Hilton

    I wanted a 4* in the downtown Quebec area for the second Friday in May. I used my free rebids, starting my bidding low at $50 and upping it by $10 each time. I gave up after $90 because I saw a $100 property available through HOTWIRE. (I posted my win for the Hilton over on the Hotwire-Canada forum.) The great thing with a 4* in downtown Quebec is that currently all other zones are free rebids.
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    4* Quebec (Downtown) Hilton

    Here is the complete list of amenities: Pet friendly Fitness Center Pool(s) Restaurant(s) Business Center High-Speed Internet Access Accessible for the blind Accessible for the deaf Accessible path of travel In-room accessibility Accessible bathroom Handicapped parking The ones I listed first were visible on the acceptance screen. I did not realize the other list was there. Thanks for the tip.
  8. I used the HOTWIRE link and got the Hilton Quebec for $100 ($126 with taxes and fees) for the second Friday of May. Before winning, it said hotel "Compared to the Auberge St-Antoine by Relais & Châteaux." Other hotels in the compared to popup window were Hotel 71, Lowes Le Concorde, Hilton Quebec, and Grand Times Hotel. Amenities were Pet friendly, Restaurant(s), Accessible for the blind, Fitness Center, Business Center, Accessible for the deaf, Pool(s), High-Speed Internet, and Accessible path of travel.
  9. I followed the HOTWIRE link from here and got the 3* Hyatt Place North for $59 plus taxes and fees for a total of $71.37. We're staying one night--12/19/10. It's great to be able to break the code by using the list of hotels here.
  10. I bid up to $87 for one night (12/19) for a 4* hotel in the downtown Fort Lauderdale area. I used the PRICELINE link here to start my bidding low and used all of my free rebids to make it up to $87. I was hoping the Hilton Marina or Renaissance would accept. We stayed at the Riverside last time we were in Fort Lauderdale, and I don't like that location. That kept me from bidding on 3* hotels. But fortunately, I followed the HOTWIRE link from here and got the 3* Hyatt Place North for $59 plus taxes and fees for a total of $71.37.
  11. I followed the PRICELINE link here and had my $62 per night bid accepted by the Doubletree. We want to stay near the airport, since we have a late arrival and have relatives nearby. My first bids were $45 and $50 on Monday, using the free rebid zone of Kirkland, which has 2.5* hotels as its highest level. This morning, my first bid of $55 was rejected with a counter-offer. I could bid $15 more to have it accepted. I declined the offer and tried my luck with the $62 bid with the free rebid zone of Kirkland, which was accepted. Thanks to this forum, I knew that the Doubletree was offering a $79 rate on HOTWIRE. It always helps to know that price before starting my Priceline bidding.
  12. My bid of $108 for a 3* hotel for the night of March 12 was accepted by the Riverside Hotel. I started out with bids trying for a 3.5* hotel since there are so many free rebid zones, but then I lowered my sights to 3* hotels in the Fort Lauderdale Downtown zone. There is only one free rebid (Airport North) for that level. My high bid of $80 was rejected. Yesterday I tried bids of $90 and $100 and both were rejected. There was one 3.5* hotel for $116 plus taxes and fees showing up on Hotwire. I identified it as the Riverside Hotel by using the great info on these pages. It was going to be my backup. Fortunately for me that they accepted my $108 bid, since the Hotwire price is now $135. It wasn't my first choice for location, but since nothing else was coming up, I'm glad to have this booked. I used the PRICELINE link for all my bids. Room Subtotal: $108.00 Taxes and Fees: $20.94 Total Room Cost: $128.94
  13. I kept trying, bidding $90 and $100 yesterday. I was successful today with a $108 bid. That turned out to be very fortunate, because the price on Hotwire went up from $116 to $135. I'll post a separate message with the info from my winning bid.
  14. I am trying for one night March 12. Yesterday I tried for 3.5* properties in the Fort Lauderdale Downtown zone since they offered so many free rebids (Coral Springs, Airport North, Miramar, and Pompano Beach). My high bid of $95 was rejected. Today I lowered my sights to 3* hotels in the Fort Lauderdale Downtown zone. There is only one free rebid (Airport North). My high bid of $80 was rejected. I will keep coming back here to use the PRICELINE link for bids later this week. There is one 3.5* hotel for $116 plus taxes and fees showing up on Hotwire. I've identified it as the Riverside Hotel by using the great info on these pages. I'd rather get a hotel closer to 17th St. since we're getting there too late in the evening and leaving on a cruise the next morning.
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    Price line hotel refund

    I got a refund through my credit card company when the hotel I booked in Asheville, N.C., was outside of Priceline's zone. Priceline refused to cancel the reservation, even though I finally got one of its employees to admit that the hotel was not in the zone shown on their map. Since then, Priceline has extended the zone on the map to include that hotel.