Figuring out Priceline hotels before bidding?

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  1. teejay1969

    teejay1969 New Member

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    Is there a way to do this? I like Priceline because its cheap, just don't want to be disappointed by the results. Any tips would be appreciated.
     
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    I've been able to figure out the hotel by the neighborhood and intersection. It's been a while since I have used Priceline but I was spot on in my predictions.
     
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  3. misterbwong

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    Check out betterbidding.com. They have full guides and forums discussing how to predict your hotel. Some cities are pretty easy to guess, others are more difficult.
     
  4. traveltoomuch

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    http://www.biddingtraveler.com/ has a lovely GUI showing you what others have won. betterbidding has been around longer, seems to have slightly more complete hotel lists, and exposes the raw data that goes into the lists (via forums), but I find it less pleasant to use.

    Keep in mind, though, that you might very well get any of the hotels at or above the star level you're bidding on OR any similar hotel - sometimes new hotels show up that these bid reporting sites haven't seen yet.

    I find that part of not being disappointed is avoiding zones and star levels with hotels I don't want. Another part of not being disappointed is mind-set - I've discovered some hotel gems through Priceline wins that I likely would not have otherwise found and, even when a hotel is less-than-ideal, I can often content myself with having saved $$$$ and still gotten an adequate, if imperfect, property. It may also help to aim high - if you limit your bidding to 3.5 or 4* properties, you may be happier.
     
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  5. anileze

    anileze Gold Member

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    Yup it is good for both hotwire and priceline. It is worth using their link when finally booking because they get a small bit of monies when they are the referer. I have been happy with some of the caribbean island properties they have managed to identify. YMMV
     
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  6. traveltoomuch

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    Alternatively, you can use Fatwallet and get 5% back for yourself (based on the base price, not the total).
     
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  7. tommy2tone

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    Cool tip about Fatwallet. I'll have a look. I also recommend Hotel Deals Revealed for seeing a list of hotels on Priceline. None of these sites are perfect though, so don't be too disappointed if you don't get the hotel you thought you might get and are now stuck with a hotel you didn't want. I'm a huge fan of Priceline, but only if the savings are significant enough.
     
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    euromannn Gold Member

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    Are you sure better bidding has been around longer than biddingfortravel?
    I think not as the Almighty Sheryl will slam you on that popularity issue!

    Biddingfortravel I think is the best to find the winning bids but the site has deteriorated over the past 10 years. Less posters post due to Sheryl's hostile attitude and Pricelien LOST a significant bulk of hotel rooms when the BIG Four Hotel chains decided to retain more inventory since it was going so cheap a decade ago.
     
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  9. traveltoomuch

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    I wasn't talking about biddingfortravel - my post mentioned www.biddingtraveler.com. Subtle difference in name, big difference in UI, bigger difference in attitude.
     
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    Did you ever have any success bidding travel? There tracking of priceline winning bids is weak and thus cannot reference good bidding prices.
    I just tried a quick demo for SD and again not impressed with the results from bidding travel.
     
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  11. traveltoomuch

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    This may be more about psychology than anything else, but, as I said before, my strong advice is to avoid bidding in a zone if there's any hotel there (at or above your star level) that you don't want. If you're really wanting one particular hotel and will be disappointed by anything else, priceline NYOP is probably not the tool to be using.

    I find that the win-listing sites, taken as a whole, have pretty comprehensive lists of the hotels you might win - I've rarely been surprised by a hotel not on the lists. More often, I've been surprised because I was bidding in a familiar zone, and I didn't bother to check to see if the lists had changed since I last stayed there - I got a hotel I didn't expect, but the lists had already picked it up.
     
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    1. Did you ever have success using betterbidding?
    2. Vancouver, CA is a great place downtown area for any zone 3 or zone 4 hotel.
     
  13. traveltoomuch

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    Yes. I have used betterbidding's hotel lists many times, with great success. I continue to think that www.biddingtraveler.com has a better user interface and an adequate lists of hotels, and that's the site I recommend to folks new to this game.
     
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    Porblem I have with betterbidding as the 7 bids rarely produce a win.
    I use biddingfortravel to check the best wins in the city/zone and then try in betterbidding for no sucess.
    Betterbidding database doesn't seem tracking of winning bids as well as biddingfortravel.
     
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    It sounds like you're relying on these sites to choose a price to bid at. I recommend using them primarily to choose zone and star level, then using other techniques to choose a price range.
     
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    I've used Biddingtraveler a few times in the past. Best use I think was getting Vdara in Las Vegas for $110 a night in the middle summer when rooms were listed at $150+.
     
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    I have used biddingfortravel to determine price range.
    Betterbidding then I sued for 7 bids and have never won a bid.
     
  18. ranman1973

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    Priceline reservations are non-refundable, and they don't present you with a lot of info that allows you to figure out your hotel. Its wide open when you bid, so I strongly suggest only using NYOP when you're saving a lot of money (like 20% or more) and you're not going to be disappointed with the hotel you get. So, for example, if you want a particular hotel (or particular amenities like a swimming pool) avoid PL.

    Having said that, use HotelDealsRevealed.com and the lists there will give you some clues as to what you will get.
     
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    Just returned from Vegas. I've stayed at Vdara in the past, and this time I wanted to purposely avoid it. I used Hotwire instead, because they show you the amenities. Since I know the Vdara doesn't have a casino, it was easy to eliminate this. Could have done this on Express Deals too, but not on regular NYOP.

    Agree that its best to do your research ahead of time to eliminate risk. hoteldealsrevealed.com and betterbidding are complimentary to each other. I use them both... the more data the better.
     
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    Did you specifically want to be on the south end of the strip? If not, eliminating the zone with Vdara (LV Strip South) would have worked, too.
     

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