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Old 10-29-2011, 10:33 PM   #556
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Thanks for the advice. I'm certain staying onsite would be terrific but this is going to be a bare bones trip - we're driving from Maryland to Ft. Myers to see our oldest son and stopping at Univ along the way for our 15 yr old to see HP so I'm looking for $50-70 per night hotels NOT $300+ at the Uni hotels. With two college-age kids (one 19 in PA too), we just don't have a lot of extra funds right now.
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When we stayed there, we had APs so with discount it's more like $129-179. I forget how much rack rate is esp now with HP.
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Old 11-05-2011, 05:25 PM   #557
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Is this thread still being read and answered?

I've never used Priceline but I'm feeling optimistic. We aren't planning to visit Universal until the first week in April so when is the best time to place a bid? I'm assuming right now is too early but since the first week in April proceeds Easter, I don't want to wait too last minute. I've attempted to read biddingfortravel but it's like greek to me. IDK maybe I'm not reading the right sections.
Hi Carla, Priceline can save you a lot of money but there are a few things you should know. Reservations are non-refundable. You get what you get... while you can specify an area you want to stay and the star-rating of the hotel, you could get any hotel in that area. The hotel you get may or may not have the amenities you want (e.g., pool, breakfast, wifi, etc). Last, Priceline reservations are only guaranteed to accommodate 2 people (although most hotels can accommodate more).

It's quite risky and sometimes people are disappointed. But if you are prepared to roll the dice, you can save a lot of money. BiddingForTravel is not the most friendliest place. I highly recommend HotelDealsRevealed as a starting point for learning about Priceline, finding out what hotel you might get, and what price to bid.

Good luck.
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:47 AM   #558
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Hi Carla, Priceline can save you a lot of money but there are a few things you should know. Reservations are non-refundable. You get what you get... while you can specify an area you want to stay and the star-rating of the hotel, you could get any hotel in that area. The hotel you get may or may not have the amenities you want (e.g., pool, breakfast, wifi, etc). Last, Priceline reservations are only guaranteed to accommodate 2 people (although most hotels can accommodate more).

It's quite risky and sometimes people are disappointed. But if you are prepared to roll the dice, you can save a lot of money. BiddingForTravel is not the most friendliest place. I highly recommend HotelDealsRevealed as a starting point for learning about Priceline, finding out what hotel you might get, and what price to bid.

Good luck.
I totally agree, again Good Luck

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Old 11-22-2011, 02:03 PM   #559
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I just did my first Priceline transaction and I have to say I am quite happy with the results, the hotel that I got was one I was considering.

I bid $50 for a 3.5 star in the DTD area and that was rejected, so I bid $55 for a 3 star in the same area and got:

Holiday inn Resort Lake Buena Vista
Jan 6-7

This is on the Mousesavers preferred list, so I am sure it's a good one!

I can cancel my reservation at CSR for $153
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Old 11-22-2011, 02:42 PM   #560
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Glad this was bumped. We will need one night hotel only before checking into POR the next day. Now I have an idea of what a good rate will be and might try priceline for the first time.
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Old 11-22-2011, 03:26 PM   #561
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Glad this was bumped. We will need one night hotel only before checking into POR the next day. Now I have an idea of what a good rate will be and might try priceline for the first time.

I have to say I was pretty unsure going into this, but I have researched almost every hotel in the area that I chose, so I felt like I couldn't go wrong. And I had read a previous message here saying that you couldn't go wrong choosing a 3 to 3.5 star in the DTD area, so I took the plunge and I am happy I did.
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Old 11-22-2011, 03:53 PM   #562
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No kidding. I'll be pleased if we get something like you did! That is exactly property type/location I'm looking for.
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Old 12-02-2011, 12:22 AM   #563
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I Second That Quote

It isn't worth the few bucks you save to use a 3rd party. Been there done that. If you are particular book your own travel and you will know what you are getting w/o the surprises. After all it's a vacation.
It's too risky.............................
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Old 12-02-2011, 10:24 AM   #564
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It isn't worth the few bucks you save to use a 3rd party. Been there done that. If you are particular book your own travel and you will know what you are getting w/o the surprises. After all it's a vacation.
It's too risky.............................
I thought it would be a bit risky, but I put in the area that I knew had nicer, cleaner hotels, which I had been researching a few days prior and I am very happy with what I got. It's only for 1 night, so even if it isn't the best, we are moving to a Disney resort early the next morning. I wouldn't do it for a one week stay, because we just don't stay offsite.
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Old 12-02-2011, 10:52 AM   #565
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I think the "risk" is booking a 3* (or 2.5*) property. An increasing number of properties are charging for guest parking and/or a resort fee. Some properties offer free breakfast. Use PL and you might wind up paying for parking and a resort fee. Book direct and you might avoid those fees and get free breakfast. All or most of your PL savings will vanish.

Book a resort and you'll get real savings, even after you pay for parking and a resort fee.
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:05 AM   #566
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I think the "risk" is booking a 3* (or 2.5*) property. An increasing number of properties are charging for guest parking and/or a resort fee. Some properties offer free breakfast. Use PL and you might wind up paying for parking and a resort fee. Book direct and you might avoid those fees and get free breakfast. All or most of your PL savings will vanish.

Book a resort and you'll get real savings, even after you pay for parking and a resort fee.

So many did, but the hotel we got only has an $8.95 resort fee to begin with, I just hope there will be no other hidden fees when we get there, or I will be quite unhappy.
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:22 AM   #567
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People using PL need to learn about "free rebids" You add a zone which doesn't have a 3.5* (or higher) hotels, increase your bid and immediately rebid. You'll either win a hotel in your zone or you'll get nothing.
http://www.biddingtraveler.com/ will automate the bidding process for you. Their suggested starting bids are too high.

Using their advanced algorithm you actually have 18 different bids allowed if you want a 3.5* hotel in the DTD area.

That said a 3.5* hotel in the DTD would have probably had higher resort/parking fees.

I would have increased my bid to $55, added a zone with a 3.5 (or higher) hotel and bid before lowering my * level.



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I just did my first Priceline transaction and I have to say I am quite happy with the results, the hotel that I got was one I was considering.

I bid $50 for a 3.5 star in the DTD area and that was rejected, so I bid $55 for a 3 star in the same area and got:

Holiday inn Resort Lake Buena Vista
Jan 6-7

This is on the Mousesavers preferred list, so I am sure it's a good one!

I can cancel my reservation at CSR for $153
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:03 PM   #568
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It isn't worth the few bucks you save to use a 3rd party. Been there done that. If you are particular book your own travel and you will know what you are getting w/o the surprises. After all it's a vacation.
It's too risky
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I would never book a whole week's vacation with HW. I usually book this way for 1 night stays, pre cruise or any time we have a very late arrival at MCO. We love the Hyatt for either circumstance. Why pay $200/nt when I know I can get it for $65?
fwiw, I would stick to 4* hotels to be on the safe side. The 1 time I booked a 2.5* hoping for the Fairfield Inn & got stuck with a Ramada that got poor reviews. I'll stick with my 4*s.
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Old 12-14-2011, 05:22 PM   #569
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I know this thread is about Priceline. Can anyone offer feedback on LastMinuteTravel.com services? There are a few listings I am watching on the website. One example is the Hilton In DTD for $106 (I know about the $10 parking fee).
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$75 Rosen Shingle Creek- that includes fees, parking, etc

In December we stayed with Rosen Shingle Creek @ $52 from Priceline. With all the added fees from Priceline, plus parking (the hotel charges $12/day) it ended up being about $74/day. I bid 4 star on area 11 or 12 (can't remember exactly which one it was). Judging from what I've seen on other sites it is still valid. No shuttle/microwave and parking is a rather long walk- drop your luggage and extra passengers off at the main entrance first. They do have a mini-fridge and the hotel is really nice; think upscale Vegas without the smoke :} Beautiful pool areas and golf course.
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