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NWR: Has anyone used Priceline??

Thinking about taking a trip with FI and wondering if Priceline is worth using for their "name your price" section.  It makes me nervous that they ask for your credit card number BEFORE you know which hotel you're going to wind up in.  I know you get to choose the number of stars for the hotel, but I guess I'm paranoid that I'm going to wind up with a really awful hotel choice.

Any reviews... especially with booking hotels by naming your price?
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    edited December 2011
    I know when I booked a hotel in Baltimore, I looked up the ones that were 4 stars and only one was on their regular book website- so when I put in my price I knew I would get that one. And I did. Worked like a charm. But other than that I would be nervous. I've used it for car rentals and it works great too. 
    *~allie~*

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    edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/local-wedding-boards_new-jersey_nwr-anyone-used-priceline?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Local%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:90Discussion:f5b3467d-4654-465a-84ef-71508c33c001Post:c2d9bfc7-096d-4e83-a32c-421cf7fa1291">Re: NWR: Has anyone used Priceline??</a>:
    [QUOTE]I know when I booked a hotel in Baltimore, I looked up the ones that were 4 stars and only one was on their regular book website- so when I put in my price I knew I would get that one. And I did. Worked like a charm. But other than that I would be nervous. I've used it for car rentals and it works great too. 
    Posted by akmackay[/QUOTE]

    Um really odd but this...Baltimore Inner harbor, 4 stars, got about 30 bucks cheaper than it would have been, and I've checked the hotel since, and its gone up a lot since. 
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    carlaspeedcarlaspeed member
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    edited December 2011
    I used to price cars for Hotwire and priceline, we had a three tier system and your bid binds to the closest tier (low, mid and high). For hotels, your best bet is to look up the hotel price on Hotwire and bid lower on priceline, it will for sure be cheaper than orbitz (you can also use a coupon from retailmenot.com for orbitz), we got a nice hotel in montreal for cheap, also in DC for 1/3 of the price, just make sure you pick the appropriate star and the area, do some trip advisor research ahead of time, specially for the area. For Hotwire, you can look up the hotels on sidestep.com and search by address on Hotwire, the closest hotel would most likely be the hotel you saw on sidestep

    the reason why you have to give your credit card number is because this is how the bus model works, you know the hotel is from a trustworthy vendor, but you won't know how it is until you pay! It's better for the vendor to rent a room rather than not renting it at all, good luck!

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    edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/local-wedding-boards_new-jersey_nwr-anyone-used-priceline?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Local Wedding BoardsForum:90Discussion:f5b3467d-4654-465a-84ef-71508c33c001Post:e2620f0e-01d2-460f-a8b9-a87a9886ef08">Re: NWR: Has anyone used Priceline??</a>:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: NWR: Has anyone used Priceline?? : Um really odd but this...Baltimore Inner harbor, 4 stars, got about 30 bucks cheaper than it would have been, and I've checked the hotel since, and its gone up a lot since. 
    Posted by cherylanddan0706[/QUOTE]

    Now that's just creepy that we did it for the same hotel.
    *~allie~*

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    edited December 2011
    LOL Alright guys, So glad I saw this post. I'm in the travel industry- these are the kinds of things I obsess about for a living.
    I have used priceline, and had great results. I was going to a DMB concert in Hartford and stayed down the street at a Crowne Plaza for $39. Thank you priceline! Cheaper then the concert!

    In any case - 
    Here is a website that is going to help all of you alot!!

    Go to the Baltimore section and it will pretty much tell you what to bid to get the hotel or area you want to stay in.

    If you have question, let me know - I'd love to help.

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    edited December 2011
    ecg - That site is awesome!  Thank you!!

    Just out of curiosity (since you're in the travel industry) - Would you recommend using Priceline for vacations or just quick little trips??

    Also, for anyone out there... Do the priceline hotels include all-inclusives???
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    edited December 2011
    Peaches - I think typically you will not find all inclusives on priceline for the low rate search.  You will find them in the typical hotel search (there are two aspects to priceline - the name your rate and the mode that is kinda like expedia) 
    You can find some great all inclusive here:

    Personally, I would you priceline.com for the quick weekend getaway.  Like it shows you on the better bidding website, if you know where you want to be and where your going - you can almost zoom in on a  hotel and get a GREAT deal.  

    For a full vacation, I like to pick my hotel and be SURE I am staying there, even if it may cost a little extra. Also, not every hotel is on priceline. 

    Just food for thought :)
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    edited December 2011
    Thanks so much!!  :-)
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    edited December 2011
    For international airfare I love this website:

    http://www.mobissimo.com/search_airfare.php
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