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    Question Priceline help!

    I am wanting to make a bid on a hotel. Is it worth it and does it work well? I have never used priceline.com before, and well, don't feel like being ripped off!
    Any advice?

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    Re: Priceline help!

    Depends on where you are trying to stay.

    We have used Priceline in Anaheim 20+ times and also in Vegas, Washington DC and San Diego. We have never had any issues.

    Just make sure you select the highest star rating.

    I'd also suggest that you pretty much know the area you are staying in. Do some research on other travel websites to see what the price ranges are so you know what to bid.


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    Re: Priceline help!

    Yeah, we trust PL.

    Their $50 rooms at the Hyatt on Harbor are tough to beat!

    Don't be shy...Bid low, you can always go up from there.

    Happy bidding!

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    Re: Priceline help!

    I prefer Hotwire.com. You can see the price and the amenities of the hotel that you are bidding on before you buy.

    Betterbidding.com is a great site. It can help you if you are using Priceline or Hotwire.

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    Re: Priceline help!

    I second the vote for Hotwire. I have never been burned there. You ALWAYS want to go with the 'Customer Favorite' you still don't know the name of the hotel till you pay, but it is always a nice hotel. I get the Hyatt for $70, it's great!




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    Re: Priceline help!

    It is for Bakersfield. I am going to a wedding there next weekend and a bit pressed for $$, so was going to see about bidding on Priceline. I looked at Hotwire (have used them before), but their lowest price is $85 and well, that is only about $10 off everyone else's prices.
    Thanks for the help!

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    Re: Priceline help!

    Tracy--if you haven't booked yet, give me a min, I know some tricks, and I will let you know what you can get a room in bakersfield for on priceline next week, and probably which hotel it would be....

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    Re: Priceline help!

    Quote Originally Posted by awesomemama View Post
    Tracy--if you haven't booked yet, give me a min, I know some tricks, and I will let you know what you can get a room in bakersfield for on priceline next week, and probably which hotel it would be....
    ok, I better get some help from you to!!
    we want to go to silverwood the 1st thru the 3rd of June and want to stay at a real nice place in spokane, any thoughts ?

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    Re: Priceline help!

    Tracy, if you bid right now, you would suggest bidding $60 on a 3* room for next weekend. The hotel--can never be sure, but I would guess it might be a four points or doubletree.

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    Re: Priceline help!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hakuna Makarla View Post
    ok, I better get some help from you to!!
    we want to go to silverwood the 1st thru the 3rd of June and want to stay at a real nice place in spokane, any thoughts ?
    It is kind of early to be booking....but I looked.....you would want to click on Downtown spokane, 3* and I would suggest you bid $55. the hotels there are probably a doubletree or red lion. but like I said before, you never can guarentee where the room will be. If you wait a while there is a chance you could get a room for a bit less, but you never know..... this seems like a decent price...

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    Re: Priceline help!

    I would never use priceline without reading the boards at www.biddingfortravel.com

    They give you cities and hotel information and reviews, tell you about hidden fees (parking and refrigerator costs), room info, etc. Then they give you bidding strategies--where to start bidding and what's too high, etc. They walk you through step by step.

    Good luck!

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    Re: Priceline help!

    biddingfortravel.com gives bidder feedback on
    priceline for all over the country.

    I've used priceline.com for 90% of all my DL
    trips over the last several years, I haven't had
    to bid over $38 a night, even in the middle of
    July, and New Year's eve. But I go down to
    one star hotels which usually end up being an
    Extended Stay Hotel, which for me, is just fine.
    Sometimes Ive been within walking distance,
    other times 10 miles away, but for me, It doesn't
    matter. By bidding $15 to $20 more I could end up
    staying at a Courtyard or Hyatt. (but with the
    Hyatt on Harbor, you do pay for parking.)

    If you check out biddingfortravel.com, they give
    a list of the hotels and their star level, from all
    over the country, that have been assigned by
    Priceline.

    When you are bidding on priceline, they will also
    show you a list of hotels with the price for each
    hotel, and you can choose that option if you wish,
    BUT by rejecting that option, you can usually get
    a lower price, you just wont know the hotel unless
    your bid is accepted.

    Also, the rooms on priceline are only guaranteed for
    2 people with one large bed, so if you have more
    than that in you party, or if there are two of you,
    and you each want your own bed, you may need to
    rent 2 rooms. Sometimes the hotel front desk will upgrade
    your room to 2 beds in the room, if available,
    upon check in, if you ask.

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