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  1. I checked the hotel list and was initially concerned because Extended Stay America is listed as the only winning bid for 2 1/2* Priceline Express in Lynnwood. Checking amenities I saw the swimming pool so no ESA (whew!!!). Researching other properties through Priceline’s main booking page, I expected the Best Western Alderwood, while I did not get the Best Western I was happy to get the Holiday Inn Express Lynnwood, which is listed at $111/night. Now BB can add another property :) Searched for 2 nights, 3 Mar - 5 Mar 2018 north of Seattle. Selected 2.5 Star for $61 night: “
  2. Last minute decision to travel. Looked like this property was being offered as Priceline Express deal for $83/night - as I've had a bad experience with a Day's Inn in the area I was double checking it wasn't Kennewick and *poof* it disappeared. This weekend is their annual Cool Desert Nights Festival so availability is limited. Priceline did not offer any other PRICELINE EXPRESS Deals for all of Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Pasco & Richland) and was listing the Day's Inn at $114/night with the next closest in price at $189/night. Went to Hotwire & saw 2* in Kennewick for $103
  3. Hoping to get Sheraton because I have a conference there in the morning. HOTWIRE showed a 3 1/2* for $96 with Free Parking, Free Internet, Smoke-Free Rooms, Fitness Center, Business Center, Self Service Laundry. The Sheraton's Hotwire doesn't list parking or laundry so I was guessing it was probably Silver Cloud. Started bidding for 4* at $70 (saw the Marriott win for that!) got a return that said if I upped bid to $146 I could get a free re-bid ... Dropped to 3 1/2* (going for the Sheraton but I'm thinking now the Sheraton might be a 4* for PRICELINE - oops!) and re-bid - rejecte
  4. Booked this property through Hot.wire, not sure if the system calculates ages of kids (mine are teens) in their price Matrix? Originally left the auto fill "2 adults" and cost was $65. (Fortunately I caught my error.) Property showed 2* in Richland, WA for one night, June 26, 2015 at $68 with the following amenities: Free Parking Free Breakfast Free Internet Pet Friendly Pool(s) Self-service Laundry Used the HOTWIRE link. Not pleased with this property. Not just because it is a lower star than we usually stay at but there were very serious issues (will try to find the spot for reviews
  5. Not too much to report, at a tournament in the midst of a local "Summer Nights" celebration in Tri-Cities, WA. Last minute, same day bid for a 3* June 26, 2015 in Richland, WA for $60 was rejected. Only historical numbers for Priceline were a year old at $50 for opaque bids and $61 for a PRICELINE EXPRESS Deal (all winning the Red Lion). Hotwire was showing a 2* with parking, breakfast, Internet, pets, pool, & laundry at $68 for 3 people. Only other re-bid option would be to add Kennewick or drop star level. Having hungry softball players with me I (mistakenly) thought the Hotwire 2* with
  6. First bid 3* @ $50, rejected. Since no zones for free re-bid dropped star level to 2 1/2 and raised bid to $54. Winning bid: $54/night x 2 + taxes & fees = $130.34 Price if booked through Best Western: $238.86 >$100 savings for 2 nights!!! Thank you BetterBidding. Used the [url=http://www.betterbidding.com/clicks/click.php?afsrc=1&id=40]PRICELINE[/url] link :)
  7. Just an FYI, this thread is being listed under Washington State, not Washington D.C. Mods, you might want to move this ;)
  8. I am normally a dedicated Priceline bidder but I'm traveling for a sports event for my child and really wanted a specific property. Some of the teammates are staying at the La Quinta and it did not appear in the Price.line win list but was the sole 2.5* property for Hot.wire. I found this bid interesting, I looked at it yesterday while I was out and there were no amenities listed to enable me to verify the property. I thought perhaps it was because I was on my phone in spite of switching over to the full site feature. This morning on my computer I found that there were still no amenit
  9. I do not remember all of the bids and rebids I did on this one, if I wait until I can piece it together I'll never post so here's the end result: I started bidding for 3.5* at $48 and ended up winning this 3* property for $68. It was a last minute bid for a Friday night that coincided with the NCAA Final Four play offs being in Portland :-/ (Subsequent win for same property a few weeks later came in at $56.) Used the [url=http://www.betterbidding.com/clicks/click.php?afsrc=1&id=40]PRICELINE[/url] link. Thank you as always! AinA
  10. I had stayed here a few weeks ago when I was down for my grandmother's services (need to post that win/bid history... it was drawn out!) and it was the hotel I was hoping to get. My previous win for this hotel was the weekend the NCAA March Madness playoffs were in Portland and I had to drop down to a 3* and go up to $68 before winning a room. For this stay my first bid 3* $54 North Harbor/Jantzen Beach. Rejected but offered a free re-bid if I upped my bid to $62. Opted to add a zone and bid again. Added downtown & upped bid to $56. Bingo! So... $55/56 is the magic price for this p
  11. Stuck in Seattle, who knew all flights to Alaska would sell out? This is what I get for not planning ahead. Currrently there's a 3.5* room at Priceline.Express for $76, with the summer14 5% off discount code made a total price of $87.25. Bid Airport 3.5* $50 - came back with counter if I changed to $67 I could rebid, opted to change zones/star level. -Added Bothell (free rebid - no 3.5*) & moved bid up $3. Declined. -Added Des Moines & moved up $3 to $56. Declined. -Added Kent & moved up another $3 dollars to $59. Success! The Double Tree for $59. (Surprise!) With Taxe
  12. First bid for 3* SEA (Airport) $45: came back denied w/ an offer if I upped offer by $17 to $62 I would be *allowed* to rebid. Huh? When did they start this? Before it was always up it to "$___" and we'll GIVE you the room ... now it is we'll let you TRY to get a room again? Huh? Not going to go for that. Tried again. Second bid, $50 added free rebid zone (3 - Des Moines): came back denied w/ an offer if I upped offer by $12 to $62 I would be allowed to rebid. Nope, not doing it. Third bid, bid at $54, opened a new window, used free rebid zone (9 - Newcastle) + Airport: Again it came
  13. Just as an FYI, Vancouver, WA is typically connected to Portland, OR. AinA
  14. First bid, 3* $43. I noticed there's a 3.5* now for the Airport zone, selected that and the message said the main 3.5* rate was $119. (^.^) A little snooping and it looks like it might be the Hilton since it is listed on their regular site as a 3.5* and is $119. With a 3.5* at the Airport that gives 11 extra zones below 3.5* for rebids now compared to only 3 lower than the old 3*. I like the Hilton, but I have the kidlets so I was gunning for the DoubleTree. Gone are the days of bidding just to find out the new property! Whoops! Perhaps I got too excited since I had the three free rebids
  15. My sister had originally bid $160 for 3.5* with no success, she worked up to $180 and lowered the zone to 3* with both Anchorage zones and still no win. Did some research and found the Crowne Plaza on Hotwire for $208, available through normal booking channels for $239. Knowing the Crowne was going for 208 we set the zone to Anchorage S and added Wasilla for a free rebid and bid 3*/$190 and won the Crowne Plaza. (Now I am second guessing and wondering if we should have bid $185) She's happy though and I look like the hero, got a free beer and nachos for my efforts... thank you Better Bidd
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