Posts Tagged ‘Priceline’

I can priceline hotels like nobodies’ business.  A few years ago I went on a trip with a friend to California and I did some intense research on Priceline and learned how to master it.  Now I am sharing my secrets.  I am going to make this as simple as possible so listen closely.

Priceline is actually one time when procrastination can be a good thing.  I have often gotten my best deals when I have waited until the night of.  This is because hotels get more and more desperate to rent out their unoccupied rooms as the night gets closer.  That is not to say you should wait until the night of, but the later you wait the better deal you may get.

1.  To get the most bang for your buck you must BID not pick from the deals they already offer.

2.  Choose the town you want and the area of town you want.  BE CAREFUL – only pick the area you want.

3.  Choose the star level.  My rule of thumb is to pick the most amount of stars first, once you rebid you can always pick less.

4.  Bid.  Priceline will give you a guesstimate of the “average” amount the hotels around the area are going for.  My rule of thumb is to cut that by 1/2.  Example: if the average hotel is “$120” I am going to bid at $60 give or take $10.  If your bid is accepted it is final.  Congrats you have a room.  If not rebid.

5. Rebid.  This is where it can get tricky.  OPEN A NEW BROWSER.  This allows you to start fresh.  You must change something in your bid (either the area or the star level) or wait 24 hours to bid for the same thing.  My favorite trick here is to find areas of town that do not have as high of star level as you want.  You can do this by clicking the areas of town separately and seeing the highest amount of stars available in each area. 

Here is an example:  I want to stay in north Austin but my bid was rejected.  To rebid I will look and see that in Central Austin the higest amount of hotel stars available is 3.  So this time I will bid on North Austin at 4 stars and I will check off central austin as an additional area so that I can rebid.  However, priceline has to give me at least a 4 star hotel therefore I am essentially only bidding on hotels in North Austin because the only hotels that priceline is affilated with in Central are 3 stars or less.  You can do this with as many areas as you need to and rebid as many times as you need to, but just be careful.  If I was to chose North and Central with 3 stars then I am up to get a room in either area because they both have 3 star hotels in them.  Make sense? 

Each time you rebid you should open a new browser as priceline greys out your orginal bid giving you the impression you have to keep it like that to rebid (which you dont).

6.  Here is a great website where you can see wining bids in the city you are looking for.  This can help you get an idea of what you should bid, what prices are being accepted and which are not.  http://www.bidlesstravel.com/search-winning-priceline-bids.html

7.  You can practice your bidding in a city you are not interested in if you type in $1.00 to bid with.  This is a good way to get a feel for what you are doing and I doubt you will get a hotel for $1.00 so it’s a pretty safe way to practice.

This is a very short explanation its kind of the quick and dirty.  If you want to know even more there is so much out there on google, but I hope I have helped and best of luck!


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a few funny moments

One of the best things about traveling is the fact that inevitably something unexpected happens.  These unexpected events are frustrating, but they are also very funny – especially in retrospect.

 Here are some of the funny moments from this past trip.

1) When sister decided to bid on priceline for a hotel and got us this one.  The room they gave us had one king size bed and there are four of us.  They were out of any more rooms, so sister and I slept on the floor.  Keep in mind when you bid on priceline everything is prepaid and there are no refunds.

Sidenote: This was NOT funny at the time.  It was especially not funny when we got locked out of our room, because she bid for one less night than we were planning to stay.  Great times.

2.  The night we did not want to go out for dinner so we ate snacks and leftovers in our overcrowded days inn hotel room.

Please note all the snacks.

3.  When we went hiking and this man commanded both his dog and his kid to sit until the deer was gone.

4.  When we went hiking and mom ran and hid from the elk.

5. When we went hiking and sister dropped her orange in the river

but I retrieved it

and she ate it anyway.  The river just gave it a little rinse.

6.  Sisters new bike she found in Pikes place market

I am now having vacation withdrawals.  I miss this view:

and I miss the night we ate amazing thai

I am a pad Thai girl all the way.

It is nice to be home, but I have a lot of laundry to do. 

Actually, I am ready for another vacation.

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My sister came to visit this weekend!  Saturday morning we attended Boot Camp class at Spectrum gym.  As we headed home we could not help but notice the gorgeous weather. It was like the sunshine was begging us to take  a spontaneous mini vacation to Austin.  After no deliberation we gave in.

I got on Priceline and robbed them.  We got the Omni hotel for a deal on the first bid!  Priceline tip – if you can wait until the day of to bid you can almost always get a great deal.

After that we packed our things and went here:

 Besides having abundant amounts of sunshine, another perk Texas has is the world headquarters store for Whole Foods!   We raided the salad bar for lunch:

opening these boxes is as exciting as opening presents on Christmas...minus the fact that you know everything inside of them


Lunch =  kale, field greens, purple onions, carrots, zucchini, dried blueberries, black sesame seeds and a side of cranberry sweet potato cous cous and Mediterranean quinoa.  YUMMMM. 

Dessert =  free samples!  I am serious about being a thrifty girl. 

I have a friend that is completely disgusted by my love for samples.  She believes that samples are full of germs.  After taking a medical school level pathology class this past summer, I would have to agree.  However, it is all about perspective.  Instead of viewing the sample bowl as a germ incubator, I like to think of samples as free immunity boosters.

grape fruit


Unpictured samples: raw coconut cookie dough, raw granola and my favorite – dark chocolate cherrie bark.

I decided that if I was not in grad school to get a real job, I would work right here:

 The WF chocolate bar!

Final purchases: nut mixes, dried pears, tempeh, unsweetened chocolate almond milk (inspired by Heabs), quinoa and organic apples – on sale for 99 cents a lb!

After our escapade at WF we went for a jog, dinner, coffee and then crashed out here:

Not too shabby for 70 bucks.  What a wholesome Saturday!

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