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Priceline and Expedia Bidding (the "How-To's")

Priceline and Expedia Bidding (the "How-To's")

Old Mar 8th, 2000, 12:54 PM
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Priceline and Expedia Bidding (the "How-To's")


I have personally been successful 3 times bidding for hotel rooms through Priceline. My best deal was for a 4-star property where the cheapest rate for that particular night was a AAA rate of $119, but I got it through Priceline for $45 + taxes. I wouldn't have known about what bidding strategy to use or even how low to start bidding if it hadn't been for a *GREAT* EZboard forum called Priceline and Expedia Bidding. You can reach it one of 2 ways: (1) Go to http://pub4.ezboard.com/bpricelinean...iabidding.html OR (2) Go to http://www.ezboard.com and on the homepage under "Community Showcase" click on "Priceline and Expedia Bidding" (they'll probably be in the Community Showcase for only the month of March; it changes every month). I probably would've overbid without first scanning this site.
 
Old Mar 8th, 2000, 01:03 PM
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Oops, I forgot to mention that this site is also a big help in bidding for airline tickets and car rentals.
 
Old Mar 8th, 2000, 07:40 PM
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Erica! Thanks so much for this site information. It's really useful.
 
Old Mar 9th, 2000, 01:44 PM
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Erica, WOW this is a tremendous tip! Thank you so much. That is an amazing website. I can't imagine that Priceline is very happy about all this info being shared! I have been seriously considering using Priceline for our trip to Florida the end of April but my husband is very wary of it. I am a little nervous about having to prepay in full for accomodations (especially since I have a very sick father and we may need to cancel at the last minute). I was curious whether anyone knows if it is more advantageous to bid with a lot of lead time or if the deals are better closer to departure. Of course,it is all subject to availability so since we are going the week after Easter maybe things will be soldout and we should do it soon.
 
Old Mar 10th, 2000, 04:27 PM
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Glad to have been of some assistance. The more people who submit their winning bids to that site, the more it helps us to know how and what to bid. As to your concerns about prepayment, I personally have not experienced any problems. But before you bid, read through Priceline and/or Expedia's site and make sure you agree to all the conditions, so you won't be disappointed. I would hesitate to use either one if there was a chance I'd have to cancel at the last minute. Although, I was just in the EZboard forum and someone got the Westin in Fort Lauderdale for $10/night for a 4-night stay. They wouldn't lose much! I have heard of cases where people *did* get their money refunded, but I wouldn't count on it. It's fair, considering the bargains to be had. As for your question about whether to bid in advance or at the last minute, there just is no absolute answer to this. If you read through the forum's FAQ's section and also familiarize yourself with others' winning bids (for airfare, hotels, and rental cars) you'll see there is no real consensus. There are several mitigating factors, such as popularity of the route/destination at the time of your travel. Sometimes Priceline will have inventory way in advance; sometimes it gets it at the last minute. For 3-4 day get-a-ways, I would not use these services. The reason? You agree to travel anytime between 6am-10pm, which possibly could leave you very little time at your destination. If you are wondering how much to bid for an airline ticket, do your homework first: Check to see what the ABSOLUTE LOWEST FARE is concerning your exact travel dates by checking dot.com travel sites as well as the airlines own websites (for website-only Internet specials).Find out which airlines serve your route and check all of those. Be aware of any alternate airports you may be willing to fly in/out of. Go to the EZboard forum and post your routing, exact dates of travel and the lowest airfare you're finding (and where you're finding it). The administrator or one of a number of very experienced travelers will help you with a strategy and you won't be in danger of overbidding. And yes, sometimes you'll learn Priceline/Expedia is NOT the way to go for a particular trip. Be aware when you bid for airfares on Priceline, they can tack on upwards of $100 in taxes and "fees". Expedia, on the other hand, awards you with the ticket (if your bid is accepted) at the exact price you name, and the taxes and fees come out of that. For hotels, do the same type of homework by checking hotel rates for your actual travel dates. Another thing to make note of is the $5.00 processing fee per room per night. But that's small bananas compared to the savngs you can get. I'm getting long-winded! There's just SO much more information on this topic in that forum; it's definitely worth your while (and your money!) to spend some time reading through it. Happy Cheap Travels!
 
Old Mar 10th, 2000, 07:50 PM
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You are right! This is a great site...Sheryl, the administrator is great and will offer individual help with bidding...I used the site to help me get the Westion Francis Marion hotel in Charleston for $50 and Radisson in Louisville for $35...
 
Old Mar 13th, 2000, 11:22 PM
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Very interesting forum. I knew about Priceline, but really hadn't given it much thought. Maybe I thought it was a bit of a scam. But now I think I may give it a shot for an upcoming weekend trip to the Windy City. Thanks for all the info you posted.

Bonnie
 
Old Mar 14th, 2000, 10:10 PM
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Hi everyone. I'm Sheryl. Thanks for all the nice comments about the Ezboard forum that I set up to discuss travel bidding on Priceline and Expedia's Price Matcher. Gosh Erica, you sound like I sent you over here I'm happy to help anyone with bidding for airfares or hotels stays, but I do ask that you read through the FAQ section first so you'll know what information is necessary in order to help you with your bid. It will also be useful for you to read through some of the postings in advance of asking your questions. But most importantly, be sure you are willing to accept the restrictions imposed on bidding, by first reviewing Priceline's and/or Expedia's Price Matcher sites.

One little bit of clarification on one of the posts above. Priceline's fee for hotel stays is $5 per stay, not per night.
 
Old Apr 5th, 2000, 03:24 PM
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Thanks for the information, I bid for a hotel on Waikiki and got the 3 star Sheraton Princess Kaiulani for $50 per night (plus bonus money of $25 for applying for a Discover card)!
 
Old Apr 6th, 2000, 02:06 PM
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You can also research past winning Pricleine bids at this site: http://www.pricelinedeals.com
 
Old Apr 6th, 2000, 06:23 PM
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Just another little thing to be aware of....we used Priceline in Feb for a car rental and were very satisfied....but, because of the discounted rate, I could NOT get frequent flier miles for the rental. Not a biggie...just a fact to be aware of.
 
Old Jun 11th, 2000, 01:39 PM
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To the top for Cara
 
Old Jun 11th, 2000, 01:45 PM
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HEY THANKS ELIZABETH! Very nice of you to do the search and find this for me -- see not EVERYONE on this forum is grumpy!
 
Old Jun 11th, 2000, 08:10 PM
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Ok, it sounds really great. HOWEVER, can you put in a SPECIFIC hotel to bid on, such as a Las Vegas resort? Or do you just have to take whatever 'pops' up in that price range?

Thanks so much for all this info!!!
 
Old Jun 12th, 2000, 11:48 AM
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I would strongly urge you not to use PriceLine for a Las Vegas bid unless you really don't care where you stay. As you can see on the EZboard postings, some people have gotten typical hotels, i.e. Days Inn, etc. off of the strip that aren't what they were expecting. Other people have gotten strip properties, i.e. Mirage and MGM, but if you have a definite "resort" in mind, you should just book it. You can often times get reduced rates if you belong to that casino's slot club, and depending on how much you gamble, you may be able to get the room comped.
 

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