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ArthurAmish
01-21-2004, 08:55 AM
Just an update for people looking for a good deal regarding staying at the MCO Hyatt -

On 1/20/04, priceline accepted my bid of $37 for a one night stay at the Orlando airport Hyatt on May 1, 2004. This is the day we return from our Magic western cruise.

I used biddingfortravel.com to see examples of recent accepted bids. The best price I had found in searching other sources on the internet for this Hyatt was $168 per night.

Good luck!:cool:

dianthus
01-21-2004, 09:28 AM
I got Hyatt MCO yesterday too for $39 for 4/16- the night before our 4/17 cruise. I had a ressie for a AAA rate of $152.10 + tax ( that I have cancelled!) I was thrilled to receive the Hyatt. This was my first time bidding on Price line.

Thanks to Kathryn & Barb to help me muster to courage to bid!

~ Linda :boat:

Little Twin Stars
01-21-2004, 10:32 AM
Through Priceline, we booked 3 rooms at MCO Hyatt for March 13 and other 3 rooms for March 18. Both days we got $ 38 per room per day.

For both times we started bidding at $ 30, rejected;
then $ 35, rejected again;
then $ 38: accepted finally!

sandygirl
01-21-2004, 11:11 AM
How did you know that you were booking Hyatt? The only choice I see is for how many stars you want. I believe on Hotline you see a choice of amenities and can guess which one is Hyatt.

HELP!!!

ArthurAmish
01-21-2004, 11:22 AM
My method was to hold my breath and say a little prayer!

You really don't know if you are going to get the Hyatt or not, that is the chance you take with priceline.

If you go to biddingfortravel.com, you will see examples of recently accepted bids and also what other hotels are in that star category. I took the approach that if I get one of the other listed hotels for $37, I would be happy with that. Luckily, I got the Hyatt.

Take a chance! I don't believe the amenities listed on Hotwire ever indicated a choice of the Hyatt.

Good luck!:wave2: :wave2: :wave2:

sandygirl
01-21-2004, 12:42 PM
OK, I tried. My first attempt. I got Holiday Inn Select. I should have known if you all got the deal it would not be available for me. I'm sure they only have a select few at those prices. Oh well. I know I can't cancel the booking now. I really had my heart set on the Hyatt but the best price I could get was 149.00, that's an awful lot to spend for one night just to sleep.

Thanks anyway, guys.

alicecr
01-21-2004, 01:09 PM
Just got Hyatt at airport for $38 for March 3rd. I clicked on 3 star hotel.

Popovich
01-21-2004, 06:18 PM
Just curious... anyone know what the 4 star options are????Maybe I can spend $75 and splurge, we arrive early on Fri and can use some of the ammenities...:Pinkbounc

GrayFal
01-21-2004, 09:52 PM
Saturday, March 6, 2004
Check-Out Date: Sunday, March 7, 2004
Priceline Hotel Request Number:
Confirmation Number: Room 1 -
Hotel Name: Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport
9300 Airport Boulevard
Orlando, Florida 32827
407-825-1234

Your Offer Price: $37.00
Number of Rooms: 1
Number of Nights: 1
Subtotal: $37.00
Taxes and Service Fees: $10.72
Total Charges: $47.72

makaylee
01-21-2004, 09:56 PM
Last May I booked the Hyatt MCO directly for $130. Has the price increased that much in the last 7 monthes?

inkkognito
01-21-2004, 10:20 PM
Sandy, don't worry...the Holiday Inn Select is very nice. We're gotten it before, and although it is not as convenient as the Hyatt, their shuttle was very prompt so we were there within minutes.
Popovich, if you're talking about the highest MCO area level on priceline, we've gotten the Marriott (usually) and occasionally the Renaissance and the Holiday Inn Select. We almost never have had to bid over $30.
We've done Lake Buena Vista resort hotels and have gotten the Marriott World Center, Gaylord, Hyatt, Hilton, and I think the Wyndham. Of course, you have to bid more in that area!
Barb
Visit the Platinum Castaway Club at: www.*****************

dianthus
01-21-2004, 11:00 PM
Originally posted by makaylee
Last May I booked the Hyatt MCO directly for $130. Has the price increased that much in the last 7 monthes?

I was surprised when I initally looked on their site too! We stayed there for our first cruise & got a AAA rate of $99. The AAA rate online was $152.10 + tax= $168.83. The lowest rate they show online is $160 + tax without any codes or affiliations.

That's why I am so excited they accepted my bid! $50 with tax is much better than $168! Same place, better price.

ArthurAmish~ So it wasn't just me... saying some prayers for Hyatt MCO while waiting for the bid to be accepted & processed. I guess it worked! :)

~ Linda:boat:

jerseygirlinvt
01-22-2004, 02:10 AM
Praying and crossing my fingers worked for me, too!

I had never bid on priceline before, but after reading about everyone's success stories and checking out "bidding for travel".com for myself I thought I'd give it a try.

WE got 3 rooms for 2/19/04 at the Hyatt Regency at MCO for $38.00 each (plus taxes and fees of $21.21 for all three) for a total of $135.21 for all three rooms. Can't beat that.! The rate for this night on their website was $164.00 for 1 Room!

THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR ALL YOUR ADVICE AND HELPFUL INFO!:Pinkbounc

Kathy

Luckymommyx2
01-22-2004, 07:36 AM
I just tried priceline.com since everyone was having such luck. I ended up getting La Quinta Inn!! :mad: Thankfully I still have a Hyatt reservation so now I'm out the $50 I just gambled with trying to get Hyatt for a cheaper price. Oh well, live and learn!

jerseygirlinvt
01-22-2004, 08:09 AM
Luckymommyx2...
I'm no expert but from what I've read on these boards you would have wanted to enter a 3 star only for the MCO area. There were 6 hotels listed on"bidding for travel".com in the 3 star level and none of them were La Quinta...you must have entered less than 3 stars...
Sorry it didn't work out for you.
When I bid I had to change one thing on my request so I could try again.I had read on these boards to enter Kissimee area for 3 stars because they don't have a 3 star so you wouldn't end up there. I crossed my fingers and tried...I definatly didn't want kissimee...but whoever posted that idea was right...I didn't get Kissimee but did get the hyatt. Anyway sorry it didn't work...
Kathy

absame
01-22-2004, 08:36 AM
Have people been successful using Priceline when traveling with kids?? Priceline says they only guarantee a room that will sleep 2 people. How likely is it that you can get a room that sleeps 2 adults and two kids, or connecting rooms?

Little Twin Stars
01-22-2004, 08:45 AM
Originally posted by absame
Have people been successful using Priceline when traveling with kids?? Priceline says they only guarantee a room that will sleep 2 people. How likely is it that you can get a room that sleeps 2 adults and two kids, or connecting rooms?

You have to call the hotel, requesting for 2 queen size beds and usually they can do it for you. Otherwise you may get 1 king size bed.

This was what we did with MCO Hyatt.

kcashner
01-22-2004, 09:21 AM
Exactly...most hotels have a "kids stay free" policy. Once you have a successful Priceline bid, you call the hotel (800 number is fine) and request 2 double/queen beds. I've never had a problem. I just call and ask to "confirm" my reservation...verify the dates, non-smoking, 2 beds. Supposedly, all Priceline rooms are non-smoking.

That way, I know ahead that everything is taken care of...if they won't verify if on the phone, I guess you know that you might get a king. You can then ask whether king rooms have a sleeper sofa or a regular couch or nothing.

The LaQuinta is a 2.5 star hotel at MCO. If you only bid 3*, you will not get it! Be aware that there are 2 airport LaQuintas. One is fine, the other is a dump.

You have absolutely no way to guarantee that you'll get the Hyatt by bidding 3*. There are 7 or 8 places that are MCO 3*...so you could get the Hilton, Holiday Inn Select, Renaissance, Sheraton, etc. None of them are bad hotels, and all are close to the airport with a shuttle available free.

sandygirl
01-22-2004, 11:02 AM
Sandy, don't worry...the Holiday Inn Select is very nice. We're gotten it before, and although it is not as convenient as the Hyatt, their shuttle was very prompt so we were there within minutes.

Thanks, Barb. I'm not as bummed today as I was yesterday. I'm thinking that my dates may have been too far out. The people posting seem to have dates in Feb and Mar.

It's nice to hear that the shuttle was prompt. Maybe some day I'll get to stay at the Hyatt. Quite honestly, I guess I'll be so excited about finally being on our way to the cruise that I won't care where we stay.

Luckymommyx2
01-22-2004, 11:23 AM
I know I put in for 3*s because I've bid on Priceline before and I'm always very careful. I wonder if it was some sort of clitch? Maybe I should try to call Priceline and see if there is anything they can do?!

dianthus
01-22-2004, 12:46 PM
Luckymommyx2 ~

I may be wrong, but I read somewhere Priceline allows a once- in a lifetime- never again 1 time cancel. Why don't you call them & see if they will allow you to rebid on a 3 star, as it was your first time? It's worth a shot.

Perhaps Barb or Kathryn can tell you. They are the priceline pros on this board!

~ Linda :boat:

Luckymommyx2
01-22-2004, 12:54 PM
Thanks Linda! I tried calling Priceline and the rep literally just read me a script. I asked politely if there was ANYTHING she could do including rebidding on a 3* but she said no. I tried to dispute it with my credit card company but they basically told me it was useless and to save my agrivation. I went back to the Priceline hotel screen and it just doesn't make sense how/why I would have put in a 2* (in the middle of the group). I KNOW I put a bid in for a 3* but like my credit card company gentling explained...how can I prove it? I guess this is a $50 lesson learned. :(

ClarabelleCow
01-22-2004, 02:07 PM
I have been trying hotwire for the hyatt since december and havent succeded, I book through AAA and was able to get a rate of $124.00 a night and it includes breakfast for 2. I will keep checking, we arrive 2/13, so that could be why I can't get it on Hotwire?

plano4
01-22-2004, 02:20 PM
Can you tell me which LaQuinta is a dump? The LaQuinta West is on Daetwyler and LaQuinta North is on Frontage Road.

Has anyone stayed at the Fairfield Inn on Augusta National Drive? I'm afraid to try Priceline and have a disappointing start to a cruise of a lifetime. Our first disney cruise 3/6/04 Magic.

ILUVDCL
01-22-2004, 02:27 PM
Plano4- I'd be interested to hear about the Fairfield Inn also as I've booked my family there for our night prior in Sept. Got an excellent rate (NOT on priceline) and Fairfield Inns are generally nice and clean and for just a few hours of sleep, I'm sure it'll be fine!::yes::

aaronamy
01-22-2004, 03:01 PM
Can anyone tell me if they have booked rooms for 4 people on priceline. I have used priceline many time and have always been pleased, except one time we got a room with a king bed (we needed 2 doubles) and the hotel wouldnt help us because they said with priceline you are only paying for 2 people. When I called priceline they confirmed this. Has anyone else had any trouble, because I would love to get the Hyatt at MCO cheap, but I would like all 4 of us to have a bed. There is only so much family togetherness I can handle:teeth:

tinkattitude!
01-22-2004, 03:17 PM
Dianthus! We also are staying at the Hyatt through Priceline for the night of April 16th for our April 17th cruise!

I started bidding at $35, and then went to $40. We were so pleased. We are staying an extra night on the way back too, decided we were already there anyway, we'll rent a car from Budget at the airport and spend the Saturday 24th in the Magic Kingdom. We got the Holiday Inn at Downtown Disney with Hotwire for $36 for that night. We'll return the car at the airport on Sunday morning and then fly home :(!!

::MickeyMo ::MinnieMo ::MinnieMo

inkkognito
01-22-2004, 06:18 PM
The one-time cancellation is pretty worthless because they sock you with a fee. I used it once and it turned out the fee was more than what I paid for the hotel, so they actually charged me more! I don't remember the cost, but let's say my ressie was $15 and the fee was $20. They had the gall to actually charge me $5 more for the cancellation! Then it took me two weeks to get someone on the phone who had a clue and could understand what I was mad about. I guess that's more for big ticket items like plane tickets.
I think the Daetwyler LaQuinta is the slum. It's the one that is not the "suites" LaQuinta, and it's pretty far from the airport compared to the other hotels.
Barb
Visit the Platinum Castaway Club at: www.*****************

dianthus
01-22-2004, 08:39 PM
Barb~ I knew you would know the answer to that question & I'm not surprised that there is a fee for this, working on a small margin as they do...

Does anyone remember Priceline grocery shopping? I used to submit bids, print the prices accepted and go to the store. I saved a ton of money shopping with them and I really miss the service. Too bad that went away!

An interesting note~ The President of Priceline started building a palacial estate in the town next to ours a few years ago & stopped when they started to have problems along with many of the .coms. It's nice to see they survived their woes & seem to be doing better now. It was a big deal in the local papers as the home was so big - 10K+ sq. ft. that so many trees were being taken down, in an area that is virtually a wild life preserve. This town has 2+ acre zoning, is very "eco" conscience & is very concerned about the impact of building. They had pictures of the site in the local paper- just a lonely, abandoned huge foundation & cut down trees in the midst of the forest. Looked so sad... They made it sound like he had clear cut the rainforest... I haven't heard whether construction resumed, or was completed...

Hi tinkattitude! Welcome to the boards & Congratulations on your successful Hyatt MCO bid for 4/16. If you're like me, I feel like a won a prize! I love saving money on things like this! Getting what you want & cheaper too! Yeah! Come over to our thread on the cruise meets board. You'll see the 4/17 date there and introduce yourself! There are quite a few seasoned DISers on this cruise. If you like shrimp- be warned, Rae519 is on this cruise! Get to the buffet early if you want any... ( she has such a reputation here! :)- just look at her nomination on the DIS award thread ) Welcome & be sure to visit the thread! This will be our 4th DCL cruise, our 2nd for this April week. We went 2 years ago for school break & the weather was perfect! We are staying 2 days after the cruise at BWV & leaving Monday. We are so looking forward to this since this winter is shaping up to be a quite frigid one here in the Northeast! Can't wait!

~ Linda :boat:

KAMLEM
01-23-2004, 11:29 AM
I have never used Priceline before, I'm not much of a risk taker, but after reading posts about people who had been successful at getting the Orlando Airport Hyatt I decided to give it a shot. We bid $40 for 3/26/04 and guess what - we got the Hyatt! We had already booked it at the AAA rate of $145 so I feel like we really got a great deal. I just hope that we are able to get a room with 2 beds now. If the kids end up having to sleep on the floor with extra blankets I guess that's worth saving $105 - it's only one night! Of course if I were the one on the floor I may not feel that way.