Kuki, good article. I found that when I used Priceline last June to book our pre and post cruise nights it went very smooth. I am now a Pricelinear and will use them in the future, especially with them having added different ways to bid. Bye the way, I bid $40 a night on a 3 star, downtown Miami, pre and post, and was accepted the very first time. We got the Marriot Bayside, total cost for the two nights was $104. Sweet.
Costa Atlantica, 3/23/03
Jewel, 2/1/10, RCI cancelled our cruise, (insert sound of sobbing)
Kuki, How early do you suggest to start trying Priceline? We need 5 rooms in San Juan for 2 nights pre- cruise in July. I went to biddingfortravel, but to tell you the truth they confuse me. We are interested in either the Caribe Hilton or Wynddham Old San Juan.
I, too, have used Priceline for several years. Last summer on our Florida odyssey, we used Priceline for every night except the two nights in Key West, and that was over the 4th of July when all the hotels were full and no one was biting! ! Kuki, we love the Miami Intercontinental, and last July we stayed there for $70/night! However, for our upcoming Panama Canal cruise we wanted two nights in Miami, March 28 & 29, and I tried every strategy possible to get the Intercontinental, but the price finally got out of the range we wanted to pay, so I finally rebid for a 3 star and we got the Hyatt Regency, 3rd time we've stayed there on Priceline!
I tried using Priceline, but found it very confusing. I have been using Hotwire for years and have developed my own method. If I can figure out a way to write it down for you, I will. With Hotwire, you know how much you will be paying and how many stars the hotel has. I have had very good luck going with their best buys and recommendations. By the way, I have frequently stayed at Wyndham's at great rates thru Hotwire. So far, I have not been disappointed.