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Louie7080

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Oct 11, 2017
Curious hotwire hotdeal rate:
A 3.5 star Bonnet Creek hotel for 104 a night for 10-26 to 10-29, 2018
Amenities:
Airport shuttle Business center Fitness center Pool(s) Resort Restaurant(s) Smoke-free rooms

When I clicked on the red book it button to see added taxes (and maybe resort fees since none were listed) they added up to 344 for 3 nights! Not including a resort fee, just tax recovery fees ("The taxes are tax recovery charges Hotwire pays to its vendors (e.g. hotels); for details, please see our Terms of Use. We retain our service fees as compensation in servicing your travel reservation.. ) That is an additional $121+ a night over the 104 nightly rate. Never knew about that hotwire/vendor charges this kind of tax before nor did I imagine that that any extra fee hotwire charged would be that high. I had thought this hotel was Coronado Springs because of the star rating and airport shuttle and thought this would be a good deal but not with that tax recovery fee.
 

halfpintpeggy

DIS Veteran
Joined
Aug 12, 2015
Curious hotwire hotdeal rate:
A 3.5 star Bonnet Creek hotel for 104 a night for 10-26 to 10-29, 2018
Amenities:
Airport shuttle Business center Fitness center Pool(s) Resort Restaurant(s) Smoke-free rooms

When I clicked on the red book it button to see added taxes (and maybe resort fees since none were listed) they added up to 344 for 3 nights! Not including a resort fee, just tax recovery fees ("The taxes are tax recovery charges Hotwire pays to its vendors (e.g. hotels); for details, please see our Terms of Use. We retain our service fees as compensation in servicing your travel reservation.. ) That is an additional $121+ a night over the 104 nightly rate. Never knew about that hotwire/vendor charges this kind of tax before nor did I imagine that that any extra fee hotwire charged would be that high. I had thought this hotel was Coronado Springs because of the star rating and airport shuttle and thought this would be a good deal but not with that tax recovery fee.
I would call hotwire with the reference # for this hotel & ask them what's going on. In my experience, they've been very helpful with giving out information regarding their deals. They normally will even tell you which hotel it is.
 

Yarbogash

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May 2, 2006
Curious hotwire hotdeal rate:
A 3.5 star Bonnet Creek hotel for 104 a night for 10-26 to 10-29, 2018
Amenities:
Airport shuttle Business center Fitness center Pool(s) Resort Restaurant(s) Smoke-free rooms

When I clicked on the red book it button to see added taxes (and maybe resort fees since none were listed) they added up to 344 for 3 nights! Not including a resort fee, just tax recovery fees ("The taxes are tax recovery charges Hotwire pays to its vendors (e.g. hotels); for details, please see our Terms of Use. We retain our service fees as compensation in servicing your travel reservation.. ) That is an additional $121+ a night over the 104 nightly rate. Never knew about that hotwire/vendor charges this kind of tax before nor did I imagine that that any extra fee hotwire charged would be that high. I had thought this hotel was Coronado Springs because of the star rating and airport shuttle and thought this would be a good deal but not with that tax recovery fee.
Last year around this time there were a few Disney resorts on Cheaptickets and Expedia that were offering meals included and charging for the dining plan in the taxes and fees. You did not need park tickets to get this. After tinkering with this reservation I think it might be the same offer.
 
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  • Louie7080

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    Last year around this time there were a few


    Last year around this time there were a few Disney resorts on Cheaptickets and Expedia that were offering meals included and charging for the dining plan in the taxes and fees. You did not need park tickets to get this. After tinkering with this reservation I think it might be the same offer.
    Thanks for the tip! That would explain alot. I did call Hotwire and they are going to get back to me if that fee of 121 a night was an error or not but it might take 5 days. That isn't going to be of consequence for me though since I actually just got Coronado for 105 a night through priceline (not express) for a total of 410! Betterbidding alerted me to the deal which priceline must have just added later today because I checked around 2pm today and it wasn't there then - just goes to show you not might not just want to check once a day but several.
     

    Louie7080

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    I would call hotwire with the reference # for this hotel & ask them what's going on. In my experience, they've been very helpful with giving out information regarding their deals. They normally will even tell you which hotel it is.
    Thanks for the suggestion. So I did call and the rep said she couldn't tell me much more but would submit my inquiry to whether or not the tax fee was an error or not and they would get back to me though could take 5 days. In the mean time, better bidding dot com alerted me to a priceline deal for coronado for 105 a night, total of 410 for 3 nights so I went for that. I am stoked! Hope the construction isn't too impactful - looking at some youtube videos from just a couple weeks ago I think the resort will still be beautiful next weekend.
     

    halfpintpeggy

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    Thanks for the suggestion. So I did call and the rep said she couldn't tell me much more but would submit my inquiry to whether or not the tax fee was an error or not and they would get back to me though could take 5 days. In the mean time, better bidding dot com alerted me to a priceline deal for coronado for 105 a night, total of 410 for 3 nights so I went for that. I am stoked! Hope the construction isn't too impactful - looking at some youtube videos from just a couple weeks ago I think the resort will still be beautiful next weekend.
    Oh that's great - hope you have a wonderful time! Please update us on what info hotwire tells you regarding the "tax fee."
     

    Louie7080

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    Oh that's great - hope you have a wonderful time! Please update us on what info hotwire tells you regarding the "tax fee."
    Thank you! I will post a comment if hotwire gets back on the high tacked on fee to me, though I think yarbogash is probably correct about them including the dining plan into "tax recovery fees". Many thanks to the thoughts on this!
     
  • HopperFan

    "It's a bug-eat-bug world out there, princess."
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    Thought I would share here from Len of Touring Plans Twitter
    since Priceline Express has been discussed ...



    Len Testa‏ @LenTesta

    If you've had a recent Priceline Express reservation at a Disney resort cancelled, please get in touch: len@touringplans.com. (I've heard of one. Trying to see how often it happens.)

    11:44 AM - 28 Oct 2018


     

    halfpintpeggy

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    Thought I would share here from Len of Touring Plans Twitter
    since Priceline Express has been discussed ...



    Len Testa‏ @LenTesta

    If you've had a recent Priceline Express reservation at a Disney resort cancelled, please get in touch: len@touringplans.com. (I've heard of one. Trying to see how often it happens.)

    11:44 AM - 28 Oct 2018

    Haven't heard of any being cancelled prior to this, interesting!
     

    MIChessGuy

    Proud, But Not a Redhead
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    Thought I would share here from Len of Touring Plans Twitter
    since Priceline Express has been discussed ...



    Len Testa‏ @LenTesta

    If you've had a recent Priceline Express reservation at a Disney resort cancelled, please get in touch: len@touringplans.com. (I've heard of one. Trying to see how often it happens.)

    11:44 AM - 28 Oct 2018

    I read about the Hotel Canary thing on the Touring Plans blog. It did have a certain 'too good to be true' aspect to it.
     

    Lewisc

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    May 23, 2000
    Priceline Express offers a room for 2. A hotel has the right to charge whatever they want for extra guests, even kids. They also have the right to refuse the family without a refund.
    Most hotels in disney area sleep 4. I haven't read of any issues but ymmv.
     
  • MarBee

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    Just curious, do any of the Universal Lowes hotels ever show up on Priceline (or a similar site?)
     

    Ariel1014

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    I'm so excited! I just got Coronado Springs on a Priceline Express Deal for $82/night in Feb!!! Time to cancel my ASSports reservation!
    Thats a great price! I am new to the Priceline/Hotwire aspect and looking for a quick trip in January. I already have a room booked through Disney @ Pop but maybe I should check these deals out!
     

    Nsaudra

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    Feb 7, 2018
    Yes this is ours from hotwire, but I was told that it does not come with express passes . :(
    For this hotel offer: 4* HOTWIRE Universal Orlando Resort for $160.00 Free Internet Pet Friendly Smoke Free Fitness Pool Restaurant Business Hi-Speed Internet =
    => Universal's Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
     

    MIChessGuy

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    Yes this is ours from hotwire, but I was told that it does not come with express passes . :(
    For this hotel offer: 4* HOTWIRE Universal Orlando Resort for $160.00 Free Internet Pet Friendly Smoke Free Fitness Pool Restaurant Business Hi-Speed Internet =
    => Universal's Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
    My recollection is that only the "big three" at Universal Orlando include the express pass: Portofino Bay, Hard Rock, and Royal Pacific. The other hotels, including the one you got, do not include it. Maybe they will reconsider that as more on-site hotels are built.
     

    MarBee

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    My recollection is that only the "big three" at Universal Orlando include the express pass: Portofino Bay, Hard Rock, and Royal Pacific. The other hotels, including the one you got, do not include it. Maybe they will reconsider that as more on-site hotels are built.
    You are correct. Royal Pacific is the “lowest” hotel you can get there that comes with express pass. Cabana Bay and Sapphire Falls do not include it.
     

    1911

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    Just curious, do any of the Universal Lowes hotels ever show up on Priceline (or a similar site?)
    I have seen saphire falls and portofino bay show up on hotwire,the room options give them away. the deals I found looked good until you add the "extra fees" in.
    for example saphire falls is 160 a night plus fees,orlando hotels have 12.5 percent added for taxes and such.hot wire adds another 11 percent to get their money for booking. for my stay it came out to just about the stay more save more rate direct through universal.
     

    Lewisc

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    My recollection is that only the "big three" at Universal Orlando include the express pass: Portofino Bay, Hard Rock, and Royal Pacific. The other hotels, including the one you got, do not include it. Maybe they will reconsider that as more on-site hotels are built.
    Universal sells express passes. JMO, Universal is more likely to limit or eliminate express passes from the original 3 hotels then extend the benefit to additional hotels.
     

    AllThingsMickey4

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    Aug 2, 2014
    I'm sort of new to Priceline. I've been using Express Deals to book short trips around me, but now looking into using it for a Labor Day Disney trip. With the release of the Disney sale yesterday, Yacht Club is only about $30 more than the Dolphin so I've been stalking to see if the Dolphin pops up cheaper as an Express Deal. I've been trying to do some research about the "Name Your Own Price" thing on Priceline. Has anyone got the Swan or Dolphin by bidding on a 4.5 star in the Bonnet Creek area? I'm nervous I'll get "upgraded" to the 5 star Waldrof Astoria. We just want to be in the Epcot area.
     

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