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dustysky
07-09-2006, 02:09 PM
I have used that board for a while, not always liking how the admins speak to people but hey if thats the tone they choose to live there life with so be it.
Anyhow, I have noticed a very very rapid decrease in post's regarding priceline wins and also no admin postings in a very long time.

I would like to be able to find a more active and FRIENDLY board that repoerts back with priceline wins. Is there another one like this out there?

basketrn
07-09-2006, 02:12 PM
I have done betterbidding.com

I agree, the admins tone is less then desierable!! Especially if you don't read word by word their instructions or follow their rules by the "T". Was very turned off by their tone and don't use them anymore.

dustysky
07-09-2006, 02:20 PM
o good , thanks ill go look around on better bidding :thumbsup2

rcpae
07-09-2006, 03:23 PM
Just subscribing in case we need to book any trips!! Thanks!

DawnM
07-09-2006, 03:26 PM
We used Priceline exclusively for years. We even used it last year for a few quick trips.

We just haven't gone anywhere in a while except Disney and for Disney we haven't used Priceline since we found out about SkyAuction.com.

I wonder if others have stopped using it as much too????

Dawn

dustysky
07-09-2006, 03:54 PM
what are skyauctions?

susan4875
07-09-2006, 04:20 PM
I've also used betterbidding.com and have been successful in pinpointing what hotels were available in the area I was looking for. Good luck!

tinkwannabe2
07-10-2006, 12:40 AM
Wow - others share my feelings! I have always been afraid to post there for fear that I will make a mistake in my post and be yelled at!

mbw12
07-10-2006, 06:06 AM
I agree that the tone of the admins has always been a little "gruff". but I always used them because their advice did help me with hotel bidding. I remember reading about betterbidding.com, but haven't used them.....thanks for the reminder!!!!!

tweetylori
07-10-2006, 08:23 AM
I love betterbidding.com, and I use Hotwire & Priceline almost all my travel plans. I just booked hotels in four cities our upcoming trip from NC to SD and back. Total $219 for 4 nights. I checked each of their websites for the lowest rates, and the same hotels for the same nights would've been $530.

eeyore45
07-10-2006, 09:41 AM
I love betterbidding also!! Very friendly and helpful!! I think I read that betterbidding started because of the "gruff, unfriendly" manner biddingfor travel had...

I used to read their list of winning bids at biddingfor travel, then go thru betterbiding - esp if I had a question!! I've learned a lot from betterbidding - including using hotels.com for a starting price point! I've also learned to research conventions, and not to expect to get a hotel at any price in Chicago during the Restaurant convention!! :)

mjbaby
07-10-2006, 09:48 AM
Wow - others share my feelings! I have always been afraid to post there for fear that I will make a mistake in my post and be yelled at!

Me, too, tinkwannabe2. I wonder how many people who might be willing to help they're alienating with their manner? They could be an even better resource with yet more information if they were even a bit more personable.

librarygal
07-10-2006, 11:18 AM
I think Sheryl the board dominatrix has been gone for awhile. Maybe she had a nervous breakdown. If you want to post on her board you must bid through her Amazing Bargains link and post your bid results immediately. I got a nasty note from here because I posted my bid results after my trip. That was the last time I posted.

There are dozens of people on Flyertalk who have reported being banned from Bidding for Travel. These are frequent travelers who have much to add. Does not make sense.

mtblujeans
07-10-2006, 12:45 PM
Pardon my naive question, but: Are people getting Disney Resort rooms thru Priceline for a good price?

leila
07-10-2006, 02:14 PM
How funny! I was just on biddingfortravel yesterday & was wondering why there weren't many postings recently. I found a great deal for a hotel in Florida in May but couldn't find the link on the webpage to bid so I was scared to post my deal since I didn't want to get "yelled at"!

I'm glad to hear there's another good website! Thanks for sharing!!

spiceycat
07-10-2006, 02:19 PM
I agree she can't get a bit....

I am awfully I use the site but have only posted once.... and I got told off....

I will definitely try the other one....

thanks!!!

spiceycat
07-10-2006, 02:23 PM
Pardon my naive question, but: Are people getting Disney Resort rooms thru Priceline for a good price?

there was a time when you could get All star music or sports for $36 a night

don't know if this is still happening - or everyone has gotten mad and no longer posting...

however if this were still happening I think someone here would post - go look on the

disney resorts - codes & rates board

spiceycat
07-10-2006, 02:26 PM
what are skyauctions?

skyauction is a place where you can bid for a week stay in a timeshare or hotel.

timeshares are better (my opinion) more room.

for the timeshares you need to stay a week (okay I don't - but I lose because I leave early).

I won't bid on the hotels on skyauctions.... but that is me - you may have a completely different opinion....

the timeshares generally have an extra cost of $195 for a week stay and the hotel have a extra cost of $32 per night....

see big different
www.skyauction.com

read the ads carefully before you bid - be sure you understand what you are bidding for....

LeeLeeLuvsDisney
10-19-2006, 08:09 AM
Just wanted to post a follow-up to this most recent thread about BiddingForTravel. I was banned from BFT yesterday. The exact reason why is unknown, but I can speculate that it was because I forgot to place my Priceline bid through the special link that Sheryl gives you so that she can make money. Because of that, I'm not longer welcome on the board. Nice customer service, huh? No warning. No response to my very polite email asking for an explanation.

It just makes me love places like the Disboards, Flyertalk and BetterBidding so much more! Everyone is so pleasant. :)

disneyfan551
10-19-2006, 08:13 AM
Just wanted to post a follow-up to this most recent thread about BiddingForTravel. I was banned from BFT yesterday. The exact reason why is unknown, but I can speculate that it was because I forgot to place my Priceline bid through the special link that Sheryl gives you so that she can make money. Because of that, I'm not longer welcome on the board. Nice customer service, huh? No warning. No response to my very polite email asking for an explanation.

It just makes me love places like the Disboards, Flyertalk and BetterBidding so much more! Everyone is so pleasant. :)

Don't worry! A year ago, I was "banned" too, and freaked out when it happened. :blush: However, she did reply to my concern and said it is a mishap with the boards sometimes, and not a true ban! She can't tell when you forget to place your bid through the link! Just relax, I'm sure this will be straightened out in no time. :sunny:

LeeLeeLuvsDisney
10-20-2006, 11:10 AM
I'm banned both at home and at work. She won't respond to my email. It's definitely not a mistake. I'm banned!

Three cheers for BetterBidding...I won't get banned there for a minor mistake!

And three cheers for the Budget board! I'm going to DLR on a tight budget in 4 days! YAY!!! I can't wait! I'm perusing the board for more ideas so my sweetie and I can make it to Tokyo DL and DS next year!

nbodyhome
10-20-2006, 12:26 PM
I didn't like posting on biddingfortravel due to the way the admins treated the posters.

I don't really use Priceline as much as I used to - 8 or so years ago, I used it a lot. The last few times, I've been disappointed in what I've gotten. I can usually do better on my own.

mom2grace
10-20-2006, 12:36 PM
Just wanted to post a follow-up to this most recent thread about BiddingForTravel. I was banned from BFT yesterday. The exact reason why is unknown, but I can speculate that it was because I forgot to place my Priceline bid through the special link that Sheryl gives you so that she can make money. Because of that, I'm not longer welcome on the board. Nice customer service, huh? No warning. No response to my very polite email asking for an explanation.

It just makes me love places like the Disboards, Flyertalk and BetterBidding so much more! Everyone is so pleasant. :)


OMG! I have never used bidding for travel until this week! I too got banned! UGH! I did email the customer service and they gave me her email, I haven't heard back yet. The administrator is still Sheryl.


This is response I got from the customer service

Sheryl is known to have a complicated set of rules that she enforces to the letter. She is also known to ban, as one of her members posted recently, "at the drop of a hat". You should not take the ban personally. You are one of a large group of people who made a mistake at her board and is not being told why or, possibly, given a second chance. To you, that may not seem like a friendly or professional way of running a business message board, but it is her right, as the administrator of the board, to ban anyone for any reason or for no reason at all, without explanation. She is not in violation of ezboard's Terms Of Use when she does so.

Please try the e-mail address given above and ask what, if anything, you can do to correct the situation. If she does not reply, I'm sorry, that is all you can do and we cannot help you further with the situation.

If we can help you with anything else, please let us know.

BethR
10-20-2006, 12:44 PM
Sheryl is known to have a complicated set of rules that she enforces to the letter. She is also known to ban, as one of her members posted recently, "at the drop of a hat". You should not take the ban personally. You are one of a large group of people who made a mistake at her board and is not being told why or, possibly, given a second chance. To you, that may not seem like a friendly or professional way of running a business message board, but it is her right, as the administrator of the board, to ban anyone for any reason or for no reason at all, without explanation.


WOW! And people think that Pete can be tough! :earseek:

I have used the site several times - but for information ONLY! I get the info that I need, then I go off to bid. And not through her links either!

NHLFAN
10-20-2006, 03:43 PM
I've been using biddingfortravel.com for years now and always post both my accepted winning bids and losing bids.
Sheryl or other mods. have always responded is a professional manner within 24hrs of my posts.
I do think they might get tired of pointing out the FAQ's to people who post questions without reading them first.
Biddingfortravel.com has helped me save over $400 in last two months alone. :thumbsup2

SeattleRedBear
10-20-2006, 05:10 PM
Discovered biddingfortravel and betterbidding.com about the same time. Not only did the admin's tone at biddingfortravel turn me off, but the FAQ (and the entire process in general) is unnecessarily complex. The mod at betterbidding is a really nice guy who makes a point of thanking people for their contributions and if you forget to go through their site to connect to priceline, you get a little reminder to do that in the future because that's one of the ways the site gets it's funding. No threats and the mod and community is especially helpful to newbies.

Nearly always use priceline for hotels and 95% of the time I'm happy with the results. Never used skyauction as I wanted to keep my miles and by the time they started offering hotels, i was pretty regularly using betterbidding. Besides, betterbidding has maps now so you can get a map of the area with little stickpins for the individual hotels showing recent bids, etc.

sk!mom
10-20-2006, 05:32 PM
I have used the site several times - but for information ONLY! I get the info that I need, then I go off to bid. And not through her links either!


That's exactly how I use her site.

FreshTressa
10-20-2006, 06:18 PM
I've posted over there a lot, mostly a couple of years ago, but it all got lost in the crash.

KCMiller
10-20-2006, 11:05 PM
The moderator over there is as mean as all get out. She has even banned people who use other bidding sites, without them even posting or using biddingfortravel. What a life she must have! My pet name for her is Shelob.

Needless to say, I'm in the happy 'banned' group. Which doesn't prevent me from using the information on that board, it just prevents me from sharing information WITH the board. Which may be why there are fewer and fewer posts - there's a LOT of us banned folks.

KC :sunny:

ogreenlee
10-22-2006, 09:55 AM
Y'all are blowin' my mind!! I'm only on one other message board besides this one, and we can say anything we want for the most part. It's a music message board, so it's definitely more "out there".

It sounds like this Cheryl woman is the Kim Jong Il of the EZ board world. :badpc:

grlpwrd
10-22-2006, 11:20 AM
The moderator over there is as mean as all get out. She has even banned people who use other bidding sites, without them even posting or using biddingfortravel. What a life she must have! My pet name for her is Shelob.

Needless to say, I'm in the happy 'banned' group. Which doesn't prevent me from using the information on that board, it just prevents me from sharing information WITH the board. Which may be why there are fewer and fewer posts - there's a LOT of us banned folks.

KC :sunny:

I used to go there a lot, but no more.

Seems like she's shooting herself in the foot ... :confused3

punkin
10-22-2006, 11:33 AM
Her board-her rules. I don't need her to be nice to me. She provides a free service that saves me tons of money-a few years ago we stayed at the Dolphin for $70 per night thanks to that board. For that kind of savings I will follow her rules, post to her website to help others save money (I think that's only fair), and save my funny conversationalist side for this board. :)

Toby'sFriend
10-22-2006, 11:53 AM
I don't go there anymore either. Last year when I was booking a pre-cruise hotel there was some poor guy on the Ft. Lauderdale page just getting ripped to shreds. I can't remember exactly what technical blunder he was making concerning her list of rules but it was something pretty darn minor. The thing was he kept posting, "I'm really sorry, but I don't understand exactly what you want" and he would try to ask his question again in a different way --- and she would blast him again.

I sent him a PM with the info he was looking for, but he never replied. I'm sure that by that point, he and just had enough.

and I haven't been back since. It was just ridiculous, there is no reason to treat people that way.

LeeLeeLuvsDisney
10-22-2006, 12:04 PM
Her board-her rules. I don't need her to be nice to me. She provides a free service that saves me tons of money-a few years ago we stayed at the Dolphin for $70 per night thanks to that board. For that kind of savings I will follow her rules, post to her website to help others save money (I think that's only fair), and save my funny conversationalist side for this board. :)

I followed her rules exactly. I was polite and didn't waste her time with any questions that were already answered in the FAQ. I asked for a bidding strategy, and got an answer immediately (because I posted exactly what she asks for). The only thing I forgot to do was use the A-B link she sends in the private message. And I got banned. No warning, no "next time please use the link"...I made a mistake and now I can't use her site!

I agree with above poster...she is shooting herself in the foot. I'm traveling more now and starting to use Priceline and I was willing to post my results to assist others, but now, forget it. Her site will get no help from me.

Everyone be warned...if you do anything to upset Sheryl The Hun, you will be banned without any warning. Why bother walking on eggshells around her? Not worth it, IMO.

punkin
10-23-2006, 06:18 AM
I followed her rules exactly. I was polite and didn't waste her time with any questions that were already answered in the FAQ. I asked for a bidding strategy, and got an answer immediately (because I posted exactly what she asks for). The only thing I forgot to do was use the A-B link she sends in the private message. And I got banned. No warning, no "next time please use the link"...I made a mistake and now I can't use her site!

I agree with above poster...she is shooting herself in the foot. I'm traveling more now and starting to use Priceline and I was willing to post my results to assist others, but now, forget it. Her site will get no help from me.

Everyone be warned...if you do anything to upset Sheryl The Hun, you will be banned without any warning. Why bother walking on eggshells around her? Not worth it, IMO.

She can't tell if you are using the link or not. God knows I've not used it many times (sometimes I just can't connect to it). The banning issue is usually a software problem and you see many posts on the site about people supposedly getting "banned" and Sheryl always answers that they were not.

Julia M
10-23-2006, 08:55 AM
I used her site multiple times, following her instructions to the letter (I would copy and paste the list of questions, to make sure I didn't forget anything!)

I never once was questioned about my requests, only given info. I always immediately posted what my winning bid was (or if I didn't get a room)

I understood (understand) what free bids are, and I followed her link for bidding.

And I was banned.

I couldn't access her email to even ask why.

Julia

LeeLeeLuvsDisney
10-23-2006, 11:23 AM
She can't tell if you are using the link or not. God knows I've not used it many times (sometimes I just can't connect to it). The banning issue is usually a software problem and you see many posts on the site about people supposedly getting "banned" and Sheryl always answers that they were not.

Sheryl is ignoring my email, so I doubt it's a software problem.

DianeV
10-23-2006, 01:07 PM
I really do think there is a way for her to know if you use the link..perhaps she gets a log of people that do and she can compare it to those who post or ask for help..I really wouldnt be surprised!

disneyfan551
10-23-2006, 01:11 PM
Maybe she's out of town, you never know! :confused3

KCMiller
10-23-2006, 04:17 PM
I'm all for giving people the benefit of the doubt, and would have loved to stayed a member, but she sent me a very nasty email. I saw that people were posting about a hotel I had stayed at myself, and which I had bid on through Priceline, so I posted a review, and got blasted because I hadn't used her system. And then I was banned. And when I wrote to ask why, she responded in a very unprofessional, argumentative, nasty manner.

It is a valuable service, and I'm sure she works hard, but good manners are for everyone. And even people who follow her rules carefully are banned or blasted for asking questions. I just don't understand why she behaves this way, but obviously, if people are writing to the host company, and they are responding that yes, they know that she's mean, then there's a problem. But it's her board, and I guess she can act any way she wants. Me, I'll continue to lurk, continue to bid, and continue to wish that I could share my experiences with the rest of the board - because I made a mistake, once, I'm not allowed, though.


KC :sunny:

Kay1
10-23-2006, 04:22 PM
We used Priceline exclusively for years. We even used it last year for a few quick trips.

We just haven't gone anywhere in a while except Disney and for Disney we haven't used Priceline since we found out about SkyAuction.com.

I wonder if others have stopped using it as much too????

Dawn

If you're still following this thread, Dawn, I'd like to know why you prefer SkyAuction. I'm just curious and considering "learning" SkyAuction. Thanks.

summerrluvv
10-23-2006, 04:29 PM
She can't tell if you are using the link or not. God knows I've not used it many times (sometimes I just can't connect to it). The banning issue is usually a software problem and you see many posts on the site about people supposedly getting "banned" and Sheryl always answers that they were not.

She gets a commission from Priceline, so I would imagine there is in fact a way to tell what/who bids she got paid for.

leslieh
10-23-2006, 06:53 PM
coimg to mco for quick weekend - no ressies at okw, so bid pl. Got this one on 1st try - 36.00x3 nights HInn on palm parkway DWA, (i thought the same thing with BFT, i have been bannedAND DONT know why) this hotel is with cont. breakfast :cool1:

sz9144
10-23-2006, 09:08 PM
totally agree- sheryl is a total hose- beast! so nasty, as are most people on that site!! I am also a happily banned member.