Bidding on Hotels with Priceline

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Hotels can cost a FORTUNE!  A few years a go my husband and I decided to take a risk and try out bidding for hotel rooms on Priceline.  We were pleasantly surprised!  When bidding, Priceline deals only with national chains, so you won’t get stuck in a hotel you have never heard of.  Now days, this is the only way that we ever book a room.  We have never been disappointed in a hotel that we were put in and have saved hundreds of $$$$!

Priceline negotiating works because hotels want to book rooms.  An empty room means no money, a discounted room is better than that!  They don’t want to publish the lowest amount they are willing to take, because then nobody would be willing to book at their regular price.  This is why the name and address of the hotel is not given until after you have booked it.

Here are some tips:

1.  Make sure that you are going to be going on the trip.  You enter your credit card and payment when you place the bid.  You cannot change or cancel your reservation!

2.  Just before you click the final button, you will be shown a total cost including taxes and fees.  Make sure you are aware of the total cost.

3.  If you place a bid and it is not accepted, you have to wait 24 hours before you can bid on the same star level and date.  Make sure to give yourself a few days if you want to continue to try the same bid.

4. You can’t make room request ahead of time.  When you bid, you are simply guaranteed a room.  No guarantees on the type of room you will get.  If you MUST have a king size bed, this may not be the way to go.  In my personal experience, the hotels will do whatever they can to accommodate you, but if they are fully booked they may not have the room type you want available.

5.  Take the time to research what people have bid successfully.  Websites like biddingfortravel.com show you some recent successful bids.  You are not guaranteed to get the same price, but it  gives you a good ballpark to know where to start on your bid price.

6.  Be as open as you can about location.  If you can save 60% on the cost of the hotel, would you be willing to drive 5 more minutes to get to where you are going?  The more area you can open up, the better chance you have at getting a rockin’ deal!

7.  Consider what you are getting for the star level.  It is awesome to be able to stay in a 5 star hotel for pennies on the dollar, but many swanky hotels nickel and dime you to death.  Internet, parking, and food are typically much more costly.

8.  DO RESEARCH!  Before bidding, go on another site like Expedia and find out what hotels are going for on your travel date.

9.  If you are taking the kids, go for the 2.5 star hotels.  FREE BREAKFAST!!!  Hotels with 3 stars and up typically don’t offer a complimentary breakfast.  That alone saves you another $20-$30.

HAPPY TRAVELING!!!

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    Jul 18, 2013 @ 07:37:46

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