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  • #21
    Re: Priceline or Hotwire what has been your latest winning bids.

    Originally posted by smartlabelprint View Post
    I've got to say that the Priceline prices aren't as low as they used to be. I gave up and booked at a nearby hotel.
    I've used Priceline and Hotwire in the past quite often, but now once you put resort fees + Priceline's own fees, things get expensive quick... Ie: $50 bid may end up being an $80/night once all the fees and taxes get rolled in.

    All of the hotels seem to be adding the fees. I've found that Last Minute Travel and Easyclick travel have been paying the fees. (I've stayed at the Hilton Twice, the Holiday Inn on Ball Twice, and the Red Lion All from them, they paid the fees (parking etc). And they were going at the time a lot lower than the wining bids on Priceline.

    Priceline is worth a try, but remember you have to calculate all the fees in your head, plus remember any hotel in a resort area will have fees... so figure them out as it's the "Priceline Tax".

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    • #22
      Re: Priceline or Hotwire what has been your latest winning bids.

      Originally posted by pinkertonfloyd View Post
      I've used Priceline and Hotwire in the past quite often, but now once you put resort fees + Priceline's own fees, things get expensive quick... Ie: $50 bid may end up being an $80/night once all the fees and taxes get rolled in.

      All of the hotels seem to be adding the fees. I've found that Last Minute Travel and Easyclick travel have been paying the fees. (I've stayed at the Hilton Twice, the Holiday Inn on Ball Twice, and the Red Lion All from them, they paid the fees (parking etc). And they were going at the time a lot lower than the wining bids on Priceline.

      Priceline is worth a try, but remember you have to calculate all the fees in your head, plus remember any hotel in a resort area will have fees... so figure them out as it's the "Priceline Tax".
      That's why I don't bring the parking fees, resort fees etc into my hotel room per night equation. Those fees are just a given and just about every hotel in the area charges for them. Although some may differ on parking and resort fees. Some only charge a resort fee w/parking including, while others strictly charge a parking fee. So the fees just come with the territory.

      While bidding on your hotel room, those prices actually fluctuate depending on your bid. Don't get me wrong, all the fees do make the final cost go up in the end.
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      • #23
        Re: Priceline or Hotwire what has been your latest winning bids.

        Originally posted by 1Disneylandfan View Post
        That's why I don't bring the parking fees, resort fees etc into my hotel room per night equation. Those fees are just a given and just about every hotel in the area charges for them. Although some may differ on parking and resort fees. Some only charge a resort fee w/parking including, while others strictly charge a parking fee. So the fees just come with the territory.

        While bidding on your hotel room, those prices actually fluctuate depending on your bid. Don't get me wrong, all the fees do make the final cost go up in the end.
        Yes,

        But that's why I recommend checking out LMT as they usually pay the fees. (although Parking at the convention Hotels is usually not).

        I'm going next weekend... so Here's my trial... for the hell of it, I figured I try Priceline... Red Lion was getting some hits, and I figured I'd give it a shot using data from Better Bidding)... I like the Red Lion because you can take the "free" shuttle from Toy Story. =-)

        I just tried Priceline 3 * or higher for 10/19-10/23, bid up to 65 a night (I used some of the "tricks" for the free rebid zones), no hits, looking up others had to pay $85-90 to get Red Lion lately. They (Priceline) recommended a $100/night bid (which means it was probably in that $80-90 range, as they usually recommend about 20-30% high)

        So I booked at LMT with the Hilton Anaheim for $64/night, and they paid the resort fee ($10/night). Plus unlike Priceline, it's for 4 people, two Queen or King beds, no issues. (I've used Priceline and they gave me a room with two twin beds once, when I asked for a queen bed, there was a $60 "upcharge" (San Francisco... although I havent had an issue with the Disney-Area hotels with a family of four yet).

        THEN there's this:

        Cancellation Policy (!) (Yes, unlike Hotwire and Priceline, there IS one!)
        Hotel cancellations or changes made 3 day/s prior to check in time (Noon local hotel time), will be subject to 1 night/s fee
        Hotel cancellations or changes made 1 day/s prior to check in time (Noon local hotel time), will be subject to a full fare fee
        No-show is subjected to a full fare fee

        Here's the details of my trip:

        Hotel Reservation Summary
        Reservation Status: Confirm
        Hilton Anaheim
        777 Convention Way Anaheim California 92802-3497
        Phone: +1 714 750 4321
        Fax:

        Issue Date: 11 Oct 2012
        Reservation Number: xxx
        Record Locator: xx
        Service Description
        Check In Check Out Room Type Guests Rooms Nights Board Base
        19 Oct 2012 23 Oct 2012 Standard 4 1 4
        Supplements
        Resort Fee - Included
        Guests
        xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
        Price Information
        Cost: 323.08 USD (That's with Tax, Resort Fee, Booking Fees... everything... $80/night!)

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        • #24
          Re: Priceline or Hotwire what has been your latest winning bids.

          Originally posted by pinkertonfloyd View Post
          Yes,

          But that's why I recommend checking out LMT as they usually pay the fees. (although Parking at the convention Hotels is usually not).

          I'm going next weekend... so Here's my trial... for the hell of it, I figured I try Priceline... Red Lion was getting some hits, and I figured I'd give it a shot using data from Better Bidding)... I like the Red Lion because you can take the "free" shuttle from Toy Story. =-)

          I just tried Priceline 3 * or higher for 10/19-10/23, bid up to 65 a night (I used some of the "tricks" for the free rebid zones), no hits, looking up others had to pay $85-90 to get Red Lion lately. They (Priceline) recommended a $100/night bid (which means it was probably in that $80-90 range, as they usually recommend about 20-30% high)

          So I booked at LMT with the Hilton Anaheim for $64/night, and they paid the resort fee ($10/night). Plus unlike Priceline, it's for 4 people, two Queen or King beds, no issues. (I've used Priceline and they gave me a room with two twin beds once, when I asked for a queen bed, there was a $60 "upcharge" (San Francisco... although I havent had an issue with the Disney-Area hotels with a family of four yet).

          THEN there's this:

          Cancellation Policy (!) (Yes, unlike Hotwire and Priceline, there IS one!)
          Hotel cancellations or changes made 3 day/s prior to check in time (Noon local hotel time), will be subject to 1 night/s fee
          Hotel cancellations or changes made 1 day/s prior to check in time (Noon local hotel time), will be subject to a full fare fee
          No-show is subjected to a full fare fee

          Here's the details of my trip:

          Hotel Reservation Summary
          Reservation Status: Confirm
          Hilton Anaheim
          777 Convention Way Anaheim California 92802-3497
          Phone: +1 714 750 4321
          Fax:

          Issue Date: 11 Oct 2012
          Reservation Number: xxx
          Record Locator: xx
          Service Description
          Check In Check Out Room Type Guests Rooms Nights Board Base
          19 Oct 2012 23 Oct 2012 Standard 4 1 4
          Supplements
          Resort Fee - Included
          Guests
          xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
          Price Information
          Cost: 323.08 USD (That's with Tax, Resort Fee, Booking Fees... everything... $80/night!)


          Nice deal I've stayed at the Hilton only once, it was the 1st time I used Priceline and that was my winning bid.

          I do agree that Priceline and Hotwire isn't exactly what it used to be a couple of years ago. I think that is due in part to the travel industry finally getting a rebound. That and the whole industry is run on a supply and demand issue. People pay it, so over course they're going to keep charging it.

          I'll have to keep both those websites you mentioned in mind the next time I'll be in the area. Granted I'll be there next month but I already have my hotel arrangements this time around.

          Like you, I do refer to betterbidding before I do any bidding, just so I can get feel for what the prices are and what to expect. Whenever Priceline does a counter offer, I always cut that amount in half and usually I get a take on it. If not I'm still only a couple dollars off. Priceline does take patience though. If your anxious for a win, often times you end up over paying. Unless things are just sold out. I also check a number of the hotels that I know they do business with Priceline and see if they have availability. If a lot of them don't chances are your going to have a rough go with bidding.

          Thanks for your input and sharing your win
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          • #25
            Re: Priceline or Hotwire what has been your latest winning bids.

            My mom uses price-line and shes been happy with the bids we've got red lion and crown plaza for $50-$70 every time

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            • #26
              Re: Priceline or Hotwire what has been your latest winning bids.

              Originally posted by Michael808702 View Post
              My mom uses price-line and shes been happy with the bids we've got red lion and crown plaza for $50-$70 every time
              What dates??? I've not seen them go for under $70 lately on the boards... even in this "slow season". 2 Years ago I could get a Priceline hit at $40 for one of the *** 1/2 stars... but no longer.

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              • #27
                Re: Priceline or Hotwire what has been your latest winning bids.

                I was just able to book the Doubletree for 62 a night on Priceline. I left a review at betterbidding.

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                • #28
                  Re: Priceline or Hotwire what has been your latest winning bids.

                  Originally posted by smartlabelprint View Post
                  I was just able to book the Doubletree for 62 a night on Priceline. I left a review at betterbidding.
                  Guest Suites on Harbor or the one on City Drive? Everytime I've won Doubletree its been for the City Drive. It's pretty nice and I enjoy it, but it takes about a 10 min drive to the parking structure when visiting the parks. I rarely see postings for the Guest Suites on Harbor on Betterbidding's website, although I hear it's nice.
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                  • #29
                    Re: Priceline or Hotwire what has been your latest winning bids.

                    I picked up 2 rooms at a 3 star in dl south for 60 bucks a night, no hidden fees, free hot breakfast, free parking and free wifi at the Ayres Inn on Hotwire. I also used betterbidding and knew what I was getting b4 I purchased. It is a drive to the grounds, but who cares at this price!
                    I read several reviews on tripadvisor and there were barely any negatives and was four stars. I also called them twice prior to purchasing to see what kind of customer service I would received when mentioning that I was using Hotwire. Both times I spoke to different people who both were super friendly and noted my request for a room on the top floor with a king size away from the elevator and stairs. They both sayed the same thing, " Hotwire or not, you are still a customer to the hotel and we treat all customers equally"
                    needless to say I was super impressed. All in with rental car and 2 rooms I payed 1100 for 7 nights, and will not have added expenses for daily breakfast and parking ( at the hotel, that is) and I'm sure I will love the dial speed of the free wifi too!

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                    • #30
                      Re: Priceline or Hotwire what has been your latest winning bids.

                      Originally posted by Dustinius View Post
                      I picked up 2 rooms at a 3 star in dl south for 60 bucks a night, no hidden fees, free hot breakfast, free parking and free wifi at the Ayres Inn on Hotwire. I also used betterbidding and knew what I was getting b4 I purchased. It is a drive to the grounds, but who cares at this price!
                      I read several reviews on tripadvisor and there were barely any negatives and was four stars. I also called them twice prior to purchasing to see what kind of customer service I would received when mentioning that I was using Hotwire. Both times I spoke to different people who both were super friendly and noted my request for a room on the top floor with a king size away from the elevator and stairs. They both sayed the same thing, " Hotwire or not, you are still a customer to the hotel and we treat all customers equally"
                      needless to say I was super impressed. All in with rental car and 2 rooms I payed 1100 for 7 nights, and will not have added expenses for daily breakfast and parking ( at the hotel, that is) and I'm sure I will love the dial speed of the free wifi too!
                      That's awesome. I've won a number of bids at the Double Tree across the street. Yes it is about a 10 min drive to the parks. Not too bad, and not the same as walking across the street if you forgot something or want to take a nap during the day. But if you want a cheaper price without sacrificing quality, then some kind of comprise has to be made some where. Majority of my visits I stay off site to keep the costs down. I can do 2 to 3 times more trips if I stay off site than to stay on property.

                      I do hear the Ayres Inn is a nice place and having parking and a hot breakfast included in cost is a pretty good deal as well.
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                      • #31
                        Re: Priceline or Hotwire what has been your latest winning bids.

                        Thanks for the confirmation 1disneylandfan, I was nervous at first not being within walking distance, but the prices near dl were not even close unless it was a 2.5 star with crap ratings and no free parking or breakky. Also we will have 2 days away from the parks, and we can go to the orange outlets or walk around old orange.

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                        • #32
                          Re: Priceline or Hotwire what has been your latest winning bids.

                          Pretty easy to get to M&F parking structure. Just drive down Chapman until you get to West Street and turn right. That street will turn into Disneyland Drive. When you get to Ball Road make a u-turn and stay in the lanes on the left side and you will roll right into the structure.

                          That part of Orange is a pretty nice area. Your hotel should be right near a Best Buy and their is also a Starbucks and Wendy's in that shopping plaza. Possibly a Quizno's too but can't exactly remember.

                          I've used Priceline/Hotwire many times because I want to save money and stay in a nice place as well. I always bid in the South area zone and for a 3.5 star because I know I will get either the Marriott, Crowne Plaza, Doubletree, and the few times I've done 3 star I got the Hilton Garden Inn.

                          I'm pretty sure you'll be happy with your stay there
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                          • #33
                            Re: Priceline or Hotwire what has been your latest winning bids.

                            Just got the crowne plaza for this weekend for 65 a night.

                            Oh and I called to see if I could request a double bed room since I'm with my two kids. I was already booked into a double bed but she went ahead and moved me to a bunk bed room so that was really an unexpected treat!
                            Last edited by Juni; 11-28-2012, 03:50 PM.

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                            • #34
                              Re: Priceline or Hotwire what has been your latest winning bids.

                              Originally posted by 1Disneylandfan View Post
                              Guest Suites on Harbor or the one on City Drive? Everytime I've won Doubletree its been for the City Drive. It's pretty nice and I enjoy it, but it takes about a 10 min drive to the parking structure when visiting the parks. I rarely see postings for the Guest Suites on Harbor on Betterbidding's website, although I hear it's nice.
                              The one on City drive does have a really nice shuttle service though, every half hour...

                              I've stayed there a few times on Priceline... overall a good hotel. It's also nice in that there's a Von's and Shopping nearby.

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                              • #35
                                Re: Priceline or Hotwire what has been your latest winning bids.

                                I just booked Red Lion off Priceline for $60 night. I booked 2 rooms May 15-20. I think this hotel should be ok.

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