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  1. Priceline Express listed what I figured was the Marriott for $78, however when I clicked to purchase I received the reply "no longer available".  I closed my browser and tried again however this time the price listed was $152.  Although I wasn't agreeable to that price, I clicked to continue to see what the response would be, and again received the "no longer available" reply.   So I instead went to "name your own price", entered $74 and the bid was accepted.  I have experienced this same thing with the Express product in this zone many times.  

     

    Booked through the BetterBidding link to PRICELINE.  


  2. Reno, NV zone changes:

     

    The former Reno South Airport zone has been split into two zones:  

     

    Reno Central - Airport RNO

    4* Grand Sierra Resort

    4* The Summit (17th floor and higher of Grand Sierra Resort)

    3* Best Western Airport Plaza

    3* Hyatt Place Airport

    2.5* La Quinta

    2* Baymont Inn & Suites

     

    Reno Airport South Convention Center

    4* Atlantis

    4* Peppermill

    3* Courtyard by Marriott

    3* Residence Inn

    2* Extended Stay America


  3. Priceline has separated the former Concord-Lafayette zone (Oakland/East Bay) into two zones (Concord-Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek-Lafayette).  Below is how each hotel in the former zone now lie within the two zones. 

     

    Concord-Pleasant Hill

    3.5 Crowne Plaza Concord

    3.5 Concord Hilton

    3 Courtyard by Marriott Pleasant Hill

    3 Residence Inn Pleasant Hill

    2.5 Clarion Hotel Concord

     

    Walnut Creek-Lafayette

    4 Lafayette Park Hotel

    4 Renaissance Club Sport Walnut Creek

    3.5 Embassy Suites Pleasant Hill-Walnut Creek

    3.5 Walnut Creek Marriott

    3 Holiday Inn Express Walnut Creek


  4. Late post for very last-minute purchase.  

     

    Pretty easy to identify this property based on two amenities of Children's Activities and Self-Service Laundry (the other 4 stars in this zone don't have either amenity).  Not to mention Hotwire discloses the Resort Fee before you purchase.  A simple Google search of the Resort Fees points to the Grand Sierra while Atlantis and Peppermill have higher fees.  

     

    Current amenities for the Summit are:

     

    Resort

    Fitness Center

    Business Center

    Golf

    Casino

    Pool

    Self-Service Laundry

    Tennis

    Airport Shuttle

    Restaurant(s)

    Internet 

    Spa 

    Children's Activities

     

    Purchased via the Better Bidding link to Hotwire.  


  5. The Financial District Hilton gets a 7 point Customer Satisfaction rating on PRICELINE, while Le Meridien and Hyatt Regency get 8 points or higher. If you're looking at PRICELINE EXPRESS in this zone, you can rule out the Hilton if it displays 8 points or higher. If it displays 7 points or higher, then you pretty much know you're going to get the Hilton. I like to avoid the Hilton, and the ratings display helps to avoid!


  6. San Francisco NYOP changes:

    SOMA

    4.5* Intercontinental San Francisco (upgrade from 4*)

    UNION SQUARE EAST

    4.5* Taj Campton Place (upgrade from 4*)

    USW/Nob Hill

    4.5* bidding now available. (Fairmont is only 4.5* in this zone in Priceline retail product)

    FINANCIAL DISTRICT/EMBARCADERO

    4.5* Omni (upgrade from 4*)

    FISHERMAN'S WHARF

    5* bidding now available (Fairmont Heritage Place is only 5* in this zone in Priceline retail product)

    4.5* bidding now available (unsure which hotel)

    Oakland/East Bay NYOP changes

    CONCORD-LAFAYETTE

    4* Renaissance Club Sport (upgrade from 3.5*)


  7. This was a Priceline Express purchase, not "name your own price" bid.

    I was all too happy to pay a little more than I probably could have through NYOP as I specifically wanted this hotel. It was easy to target that Hyatt House was the hotel they were selling through the Priceline Express model due to its 9+ rating. The other 3 star hotels in San Ramon zone were rated under 9 points. Also, the amenities offered easily matched that of Hyatt House.

    Hyatt House

    2323 San Ramon Valley Blvd

    San Ramon, CA 94583

    Check-In: March 3, 2013

    Check-Out: March 4, 2013

    $88.00

    Taxes & Fees:

    $17.42

    Total Charged to Card:

    $105.42

    Rate on hotel's website: $170

    Amenities: Free Breakfast | Free Internet | Indoor or Outdoor Pool | Free Parking | Business Center | Fitness Center

    Used the Better Bidding link to PRICELINE to purchase.


  8. The link below waives the $50 membership into the LMT "Club". When you join the club, it applies an additional member's discount over the usual LMT rates you find on the regular LMT site. Also, when logged into the LMT Club, the identities of all hotels is displayed - no opaque listings. Aside from creating a username and password, nothing more is required to join the LMT club.

    https://www.lmtclub.com/secure/login.html?registration=true&promocode=LMTTRS912CLUB


  9. For what it's worth, the 5* in Union Square West/Nob Hill is once again displaying for May 11-13 @ $342 per night. Oddly, the only amenities listed are handicap/accessible-related as well as a 4.5 Tripadvisor rating.

    Also for these same dates is a new 5* in Union Square East/Moscone zone @ $404 per night. Only amenity listed is indoor pool as well as a 4.5 Tripadvisor rating.

    Not sure if some SF properties have been upgraded, or we have new 5* contenders.


  10. Priceline has split Napa, CA into two separate zones:

    Napa Downtown North

    4* Marriott

    4* Silverado Resort and Spa

    3.5* River Terrace Inn

    3.5* Embassy Suites (NOTE: This is upgraded from 3* per Priceline retail product)

    3* Best Western Premier Ivy

    Napa Downtown South

    4* Meritage Resort and Spa

    4* Vino Bello Resort

    2.5* Hawthorne Inn and Suites

    2* Wine Valley Lodge

    Note: I cannot locate the 2* Travelodge on the Napa hotel list anywhere on the Internet, including the main Travelodge website. There is a Travelodge Napa Valley, however it is in the Fairfield area, not Napa proper.