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  1. Research on HOTWIRE Hot Deals for 3 nights total: HW 3.5 Boutique FP, FI, for $56 (total $182.61 after $30 off, and this page suggests the last hotel was the Crown Plaza) HW 2.5 FP FB FI for $166 HW 4 FP for $193 after $30 off Chose 3.5* in zone 12 (Galleria) Bid 38, decline, suggest free rebid 47 Add 6 Bid 39 Add 5 Bid 40 Add 2 Bid 41 Add 3 Bid 42, bid accepted, total price for 3 nights: $155.52 Self-parking fee = $9 per day brings total to $182.52 Normal hotel price would be $94 per night. So, it would have been close t
  2. I wanted at least a 3.5* in a decent area, so I started with 4* downtown and spread out, then added 3.5 and started increasing my price from 50 to 55 slowly. I must have hit the minimum price because my $54 bid failed, but the $55 bid was accepted. Room subtotal:$55.00 Taxes & fees:$13.61 Total charged today:$68.61 Total charged:$68.61 Savings:You saved 43%* Here's my research: Max Levels: 5 - 21 4.5* - 12 4* - 1, 7, 9, 15, 16, 23, 24, 27, 28 3.5* - 2, 8, 10 3* - 3, 13, 14, 18, 20, 22, 25, 26, 2.
  3. Extended Stay America - Charlotte - University Place 2 star University Area 8211 University Executive Park Drive, Charlotte, NC 28262 704-510-1636 Bids 1/11/14 3.5* up to $42 3* up to $40 2.5* up to $40 2* first bid $37 won + 14.56 = $51.56 Normal prices are $85-90 plus tax. PRICELINE EXPRESS showed a $39 deal in the same area with free breakfast. I was kinda hoping to get that one, but oh well.
  4. Bidding history: Max stars and express deals: 4* - zone 1 ($140 express deal), 3.5* - 2 ($105 express deal), 3* - 3,5 ($95 express deal), 2.5* - 4 ($89 express deal) My bids: 4* zone 1,2,3,4,5 for 18-19: 75, 85, 95, 100, 105 - no wins 3.5* zone 1,3,4,5, for 18-19: 70-85; 90, 94, 98*** won (counter at $110) 3* zone 1,4 for 18-19: 65, 70 - no wins 2.5* zone 1 for 18-19: 55 - no wins 2* zone 1 for 18-19: 53 - no wins So, coming in $9 less than the express deal seemed good. Beware of the $20 parking charge (with in and out privileges) and the ~$12 fee for internet and the bottles of water, e
  5. My week-long bidding spree has ended tonight. With taxes and fees, I got the Adams Mark 2 nights for $252.32. Priceline had the hotel for $163 per night on the list view and a 3*/2* express deal for $114/$103. Hotwire's 3* was for $133. Seems that weekend rates this time of the year are about double the weekday rate. Here's a copy and paste of my bidding strategy and history: Fri-Sun Aug 16-18 3.5* zones 1,4 for 16-18: $42-57; 59-73; 74-82; 84-110 - (All Failed bids) 3* zone 2,3,4,1 for 16-18: $35-48; 51-63; 65-77; 85-105 - won at $105 2.5* zone 9,8,4,3,2,1: $35-48; 50-66; - (All Failed
  6. Started bids at $50 and worked up to $72 before won. With tax, it's $89.51. Normal rate with tax would be $133.51. Be sure to sign up for the loyalty program to get the free WiFi.
  7. After tax, two nights for 3 people came out to $120.14. The Days Inn website listed the same room for $122.90. Hotwire let me down on this one. Amenities were: Free Breakfast Free Internet If you're considering this one, consider going straight to a hotel's website.
  8. So, like many other betterbidders, I didn't want to leave anything to chance when spending >$2k for a Caribbean excursion, so I ended up booking a trip to Curacao through an expeditious travel site. The Marriott resort was discounted ~$700 for airfare and lodging, so it ended up being cheaper than getting a resort on Aruba for $110 + 24% tax for 7 nights. One word of warning: for many of the travel sites, Priceline included, sometimes the deals look really good for a 7-night trip because the flight to there may have an overnight layover in the USA so you have a >18 hour trip there and
  9. I'm no stranger to Priceline and BB, so I thought I would check on deals in Aruba this spring, and I see a lot of people were able to choose 4.5* / Resort, but that seems to no longer be a choice. Is it possible Priceline has done away with Resort/4.5* level for bids? I wanted to bid resort so that I can be sure not to get the Renaissance, but I'm not sure how I could do that now. And I don't think it's worth chancing just to save that extra money. Am I missing something?
  10. By chance, what was the cost of the taxes involved? I'm comparing rates to some flight+hotel deals and wanted to get a final price per night. Thanks!
  11. 3/22/13 - 3/23/13 Bids: 3.5* 1,4,2,3 $35-37-39-41 failed 3* 1,4,3 $35-37-39 failed 2.5* 4,1,2 $29-33-35/39 failed 2* 4,1,2 $30-35-39 failed 1* 4, $25 won Extended Stay America - Greensboro - Wendover Ave - Big Tree Way Greensboro West 4317 Big Tree Way Greensboro, NC 27409 I should have bid lower than $25. I always hate winning on the first bid attempt for a star level. Either way, it's a cheap place for a quick trip.
  12. Failed bids: University Area 3.0* $40 Airport 3.5* $47 Looking forward to the warm weather this weekend!
  13. Got this Hotel for my Dad. Started bidding at $35-45-50 and got it at $54 with one re-bid remaining. With taxes, around $72. The hotel website advertised it for $139 a night. Beware, parking is $13 overnight or $16 for valet, so calculate that in if you're considering.
  14. I had been using normal prescribed methods to get a hotel in zones 5 or 14 (Conv Center or Whitehouse) for 4*, 3.5*, or 3*. My max bids so far were $77 for 4* and 66 for 3.5*, all declined. I put in a $54 bid for 3* zone 5 and they recommended a free re-bid at $63. So, since I had two zones to go, I added zone 14 and bid $58 and was accepted. Makes me wonder if I could have saved that extra 3 dollars! I feel good.. I've never had more than $4 between a non-winning bid and winning bid, so I feel good that I'm getting a good deal. Regular rate: $179 / night Betterbidding via Priceline rate:
  15. If you have bid in all the zones and star levels for that place, it will count exactly 24 hours after your last bid before you can place a new one. There are multiple locations that don't have 4* hotels, so you can get lots of free bids from those other sites. Be sure to check the bid locator map. It's amazing that for the hotel that I got in DC this past weekend, I was within $5 of all of the previously accepted bids, all year round. So be sure to use that feature as a good starting point if you don't have enough time to work your way up.
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