I heart Priceline and was telling a friend of mine all about it. So, I thought I would share the love with you guys too. This is my email to her verbatim, so I thought it might help you guys too on your next trip:
I love Priceline. However, I am super picky about where I stay when I go to the beach. So, I will give you my full insight on what I would do if an ocean view is really important to you guys.
When I go to a city, I always do Priceline Name Your Own Price:
- Once you enter in your destination nights a map will pop up. Just choose one area you want to stay. If your request is denied you can raise your bid by about $10 but you have to change locations on the map if you rebid.
- I usually choose a 3-star, as that is the lowest star I would be okay staying with. Those are usually like a Hilton Garden Inn. But, you can pick a low star and always get an upgrade. You can just never go down.
- I start at about $60 (ignore what they say the average cost per room is). I have gotten a room at a 4-star in Dallas, though, as low as $50.
You will either be denied or okayed. If you are denied you can go back in and bid on a different area and raise your price $10. If you are stuck on that area, you will have to either remove the cookies from your computer and go back in and bid or wait 24 hours and rebid at least $10 more. (Yes, this is seriously an art.)
That being said here are my minuses for Priceline when I am traveling to a beach:
I love to be right on the water and have an awesome view from my room. And, since you cannot gaurantee the room you are getting (one with a view) that would be a minus for me.
I also like to not have to cross a street or walk far to get to the beach, so that may be an issue with the hotel you get, even if you choose a certain area.
When traveling to cities, I don't really care where I am, so this works well for me. You are in a nice place, great price and the general vicinity of where you want to be.
Since I am a little more picky when going to the beach I use www.vrbo.com. You talk and negotiate directly with the condo owner and see pics of the actual unit. I waited until the last minute on our honeymoon and get a $3100 condo for $1200.
Okay, probably way more than you wanted to know about Priceline. But, I love a good deal, so I hope this helps! When are you guys going? Keep me posted on what you guys get!
It's me again. Here are some samples of my deals with Priceline (these don't include taxes and fees, which will be roughly $18):
- Doubletree Dallas - $50
- Hyatt Chicago - $65
- Hyatt Ft. Lauderdale - $75
- Hilton Oklahoma City - $60
Use the money you save for an awesome meal on your next trip. (Clearly you know what my favorite thing to do on vacation is!)