Today I’m way off topic but I couldn’t keep this one a secret because it involves saving a lot of CASH!
I don’t know, maybe you already know about it, maybe you have even tried it but I’m still going to tell you about it.
What if you knew what hotel you were going to win via Priceline and Hotwire before you placed your bid?
Sounds fabulous right?
Well, I figured out how and I couldn’t keep it a secret from you!
If this is all foreign to you, basically these sights offer highly discounted hotel rates.
Only after your bid has been accepted and your credit card charged, will you find out what hotel you are staying at. That is what always scared me away. My husband and I don’t get away very often so when we do I don’t want to stay in some dump.
Remember for my Birthday we went to Vegas?
I used priceline for the first time and stayed at the Venetian for about half the price.
For a upcoming weekend getaway we are staying at a 5 star hotel downtown for $71,
This site tells you exactly what hotels are booking and for what price
There is a ton of information on the site which I found to be a little confusing.
if you take the time to sort through it all you will have money in your pocket.
You can start by clickinghereto see what hotels are booking by entering in the date and destination.
When I booked our Vegas trip I didn’t know about this little secret I’m about to share with you.
I’ll try my best to explain how it works.
Because of better bidding I already knew I would be staying at the Omni or
……..can’t tell you (the hotel I won the bid for)
I bid on a 4-star hotel in the downtown area for $67 and my bid was rejected.
I upped my bid amount by $1 and added El Cajon area (which has no 4-star hotels) and bid again on the same set of hotels which you aren’t supposed to be able to do.
It was rejected, so I then added Chula Vista (again, no 4 star hotels in the area) and added another $1
It was rejected. I was starting to get nervous but I kept going anyways.
I added Santee and added another $2.
My bid was accepted for $71!!!!!
Does that make sense?
When you rebid they make you add an additional location. I added a location where a 4 or 5 star hotel doesn’t exist.
Therefore, they can’t book me in a location that doesn’t have at least 4 stars and they are stuck keeping me in my first pick, downtown.
Hope you will give it a try! I’m so glad I did!
Bear in mind, however, that once your bid is accepted, your credit card is immediately charged, and Priceline will not, under almost any circumstances, cancel the reservation. They do offer a cancellation policy for $5.00