Discussion in 'Orlando Hotels and Attractions' started by beccab, Mar 30, 2001.
If a reservation is made thru priceline for a hotel stay, can it be cancelled?
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also as i asked on the "priceline success" thread, how do you assure that you get a room large enough for, say, two adults and four kiddos?
You cannot get a refund on a Priceline room. Bid with care. Also - Priceline only guarantees a room that will accommodate 2 adults, most hotels in the Orlando area will accommodate a family of 4. For a family of 6, you definitely need 2 rooms.
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I think I will stay away from priceline. I like to know I can cancell.
If you know when you are going and know how to bid properly with the AMEX bonus(which expires tomorrow), you would be crazy not to use Priceline. Personally it has saved me well over a thousand bucks on hotels I stayed at in 2000, trips which would not have been possible without Priceline. If there is a strong possibility you will have to cancel then I say spend the extra bucks. If you don't want to bid for fear of what hotel you will get---ask for tips since the # of four stars are limited in the WDW area and it would be foolish not to give it a try if you know you will be going! I would rather pay less today for a four star than what I used to pay for Days Inn years years ago.
I agree with the previous post. I just love Priceline! I just tryed one last bid before the Amex Bonus expires and got the 2 1/2* Courtyard Marriott Village for $20 per night for five nights. (With tax the total is about $125.00)Without Priceline, I would not be able to make this extra trip to use my annual pass. With this kind of savings I can live with the no cancellation policy.
But do you guys have kids? I am dying to use Priceline, but am really afraid about the one bed thing. I just don't want to risk the kids not having a bed. (and I do say the kids :~)
I have two kids---both are crib age---so we have the cribs in the room. In the WDW area our problem has been getting a room with a King Bed. Always want to give us the room with two Queens or two twins. In big cities getting a room made for two can be a problem, not really in WDW area.
We learned the hard way to book 2 rooms when they
only allow 4 to a room. Fortunately, they allowed my room request for 2 queen beds at the Hilton.
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We wanted to get a room by the airport for our first night there this coming May. Our bid was accepted by the Renaissance hotel near the airport. I called them the other day to request a two-bed room, they said no problem.
So, if you can, call the hotel your bid is accepted at and ask--most places are pretty accomadating, unless it's a really busy night.
If you do your homework you have less to fear. If you are bidding on a 4* hotel lately and you bid $53 up to $80(60+20 bonus- just expired) the chances are VERY good you will get the Wyndham, which accomodates 4 in a room. From $80 and up you could get the Mariott World Center( 4 in a room), from $95 you could get the Hilton(which some people had problems with fitting 4, I think?)Things could change at any moment, but this is what has been accepted in the recent past.
The day before the bonus expired, I talked my husband into a quick trip(a surprise for the kids)in May. I researched what had been accepted previously and got a GREAT Hotel with a better price!!! We are going for 4 nights in May to the Courtyard by Marriott in Wald Disney World Village, 3*, for $18 A NIGHT!!! Thats total of $94. I want to get the most out of our annual passes, this is the only way I could do it.
Don't be afraid!!!! It just saved us $350!!
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I was worried about one bed too. I bid on a 3* and got 2 rooms at $18 each plus $40 AMEX. (We got the Courtyard by Marriott WDW). That's $46.00 including tax! Do your homework first and research. Then you will feel comfortable doing this. Good luck.
I have never used priceline, however, after reading these posts I know I need to try. What is this AMEX everybody writes about? Also, I have 5 people in my part (3 adults 2 kids). Does that mean that I must bid on two rooms? And the Marriott Hotel Plaza sure sounds nice. How do you know if you are getting a good hotel? Do you just bid on a 3 vs a 4 star and then see what is offered, then if you like the offer you accept?
AMEX refers to a special bonus added on to Priceline bids if you used an American Express Card.
For example, if a 3 star hotel had been accepting $50.00 bids, you could bid only $30.00 and use your American Express card to add another $20.00 for a total of that $50.00 bid.
This ended on 3/31/01.
You can keep track of Bonus Money Oppourtunities on Travel Sheryl's Priceline Bidding Forum.
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