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Old 12-02-2012, 07:51 PM   #1
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Just got two rooms at a great price

I run a sports website and have to send two of my writers to Orlando over the Christmas break for the Russell Athletic Bowl. Not being particularly choosey about which exact hotel they will be staying in, I decided to try something I always wanted to try -- the Priceline "name your own price" feature.

It was GREAT!

I ended up getting a 3 and 1/2 star hotel that retailed for $130/night for $75/night. Not sure if I could have gone even lower.

One of the cool things about it -- aside from naming your own price -- is that you can be quite specific in terms of the geographic area in which you are staying. For example, in the Orlando area, I think they divided it into about 12 geographic zones.

This worked out great for my current situation (needing two rooms, each for a single person), but from what I understand, it is an issue when you are booking for a family. Apparently they will not guarantee 2 double beds, so you could get stuck with a king.
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:20 PM   #2
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glad you are happy - what hotel did you get?

there is a priceline in the sticky - that you can definitely report what you got.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:36 PM   #3
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I was just looking for something in Orlando, so I didn't specify a zone in particular. I got the Doubletree across the street from Sea World.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:21 AM   #4
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I run a sports website and have to send two of my writers to Orlando over the Christmas break for the Russell Athletic Bowl. Not being particularly choosey about which exact hotel they will be staying in, I decided to try something I always wanted to try -- the Priceline "name your own price" feature.

It was GREAT!

I ended up getting a 3 and 1/2 star hotel that retailed for $130/night for $75/night. Not sure if I could have gone even lower.

One of the cool things about it -- aside from naming your own price -- is that you can be quite specific in terms of the geographic area in which you are staying. For example, in the Orlando area, I think they divided it into about 12 geographic zones.

This worked out great for my current situation (needing two rooms, each for a single person), but from what I understand, it is an issue when you are booking for a family. Apparently they will not guarantee 2 double beds, so you could get stuck with a king.
I suggest you check betterbidding.com and biddingfortravel.com to help you save even more when bidding.
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:39 AM   #5
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I was just looking for something in Orlando, so I didn't specify a zone in particular. I got the Doubletree across the street from Sea World.
Plus the parking and the resort fee there, right? I think we stayed there.
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:08 AM   #6
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I was just looking for something in Orlando, so I didn't specify a zone in particular. I got the Doubletree across the street from Sea World.
Nice property. The Russell Athletic Bowl/Capital One Bowl usually use the Hilton Orlando Resort for their events as well, which is very close to the doubletree.
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