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Old October 12th, 2009, 05:38 PM
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After booking our January cruise on Radiance I figured I better get some air and a pre-cruise hotel.

I picked up great, non-stop, flights and paid for the almost all of that with Amex rewards points. So that was cheap.

The best was when I was checking out what hotels were close to the port, airport and other things in San Diego. I saw the downtown area was the best bet. So I bid $70 for a 4* in the downtown area and sure enough I got the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. The lowest online price was $318. So for $70 plus the $19 in taxes I got a $318 hotel for $89. I like it.

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Old October 12th, 2009, 05:48 PM
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Mike,, I always use priceline for booking hotels and car rentals,,, I love priceline,,,I'll never pay full price if I can help it.

My last trip to St. Maarten we used Amex reward points and priceline to book a hotel in D.C. b/4 we flew out.
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Yep, our 59.00 a night stay in Fll, at the Renaissance, and our 18.00 a day Alamo midsize was a good thing indeed. Thanks Priceline.
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Old October 12th, 2009, 07:38 PM
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Yep my 45.00 pre- pre cruise night at the Orlando Airport Marriott was great--especially for a Friday night stay and the going rate was 139.99
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I have never used Priceline.....I guess I heard you have no choices - you just pay and "accept" what they give you.
I will have to give them a try - it sounds like I either heard wrong information or they have changed.
Thanks for the heads-up!
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Old October 12th, 2009, 08:13 PM
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Once you commit, that's it, you won't know where, till they accept your bid....you need to know where you want to stay, and the **** rating of the hotel...go to biddingfortravel.com to see what the going accepted bids are..that's where I learned they were getting that 59.00 price in Oct....
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I need to learn how to use them. Those are great prices.

Can you do airlines too?
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Never again!! I want to know where before I pay for a room. Once I was looking for a place in Boston and got stuck in Revere. I grew up in the area and know that Revere on Rt 1 is NOT where I want to be. The only saving grace was that they did have a shuttle service that got me to the airport as early as I needed to be there. I get good prices on Orbitz and hotels.com and at least I get to choose the place.

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Old October 13th, 2009, 06:31 AM
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Never again!! I want to know where before I pay for a room. I get good prices on Orbitz and hotels.com and at least I get to choose the place.

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I've used Priceline a couple of dozen times, and only one time was I disappointed in the hotel. I'm willing to take the risk if I can get a $200 hotel room for $50 or $60. If I REALLY, REALLY didn't like the hotel/location, I'd just eat the cost and book somewhere else.

I just got a $150 room in Rochester, NY for $64 with Priceline.
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HMMMM,,,wish I could bid on Priceline for parking at the port of Miami. That $20 per day is getting kind of "out of hand" IMO.....

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O.K.,,,before you say it,,,yes,,,I know I could bid on a hotel that would let me stay there, then shuttle me over to the port while my car stays at the hotel,,,but I want to park near the ship. 8)
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HMMMM,,,wish I could bid on Priceline for parking at the port of Miami. That $20 per day is getting kind of "out of hand" IMO.....

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O.K.,,,before you say it,,,yes,,,I know I could bid on a hotel that would let me stay there, then shuttle me over to the port while my car stays at the hotel,,,but I want to park near the ship. 8)
You said it. I don't know which is cheaper. Booking a park and sail hotel or going priceline and paying $15 per day to park at the Long Beach cruise terminal. They just raised the price from $12 per day.
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I really believe that if you do some research and learn the different zones for different cities you won't be disappointed.

You also have to only bid on 5, 4, or 3 star hotels.

Almost all the people I've heard from who don't like Priceline because they got stuck in a hotel too far from where they wanted to be or the place was a dump either didn't bid in the correct zone or went cheap and bid on a 2* or 1* hotel. If you go with a 4* or 5* hotel you will not be disappointed unless you are ridiculously picky. If you want to put a $20 bid on a 2* hotel then you will probably end up in something less than desirable. Then again you could get a night at a Hampton Inn and be very happy.

If there are specific things that you need/want/or must have such as: Handicapped room, a bay view, free shuttle, pets allowed, 24 hour room service then you should book conventionally. I personally don't understand the overwhelming need or importance that people have for "free shuttle" service. The amount you save is far more than the taxi ride is to most ports. If you bid in the same zone as most of the ports your cab ride will be less than $20.

To my best calculation I have used Priceline about 30 times and have only been disappointed once. That was the very first time I used it and grossly overbid and received a hotel, near LAX, for the same price I could have got it online. I quickly learned what "not" to do.

If you put a little time and effort into learning the ropes you'll be rewarded for your effort. The biddingfortravel.com site is the best to learn how to use Priceline.

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Well, I'm a convert now. In the past I've always used hotels.com for my hotel booking, and always been happy with the prices and service that I got through them. And I'll admit that I am a control freak so giving up the final choosing to Priceline was tough for me to do ... but I just booked a room for my wife and I in Tampa in April. For $60 a night we're staying in the Sheraton Tampa River Walk, which normally runs $127 a night. That's an AWESOME deal. I will use this name your price again in the future, I'm over the moon with the deal I just got.

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HMMMM,,,wish I could bid on Priceline for parking at the port of Miami. That $20 per day is getting kind of "out of hand" IMO.....
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O.K.,,,before you say it,,,yes,,,I know I could bid on a hotel that would let me stay there, then shuttle me over to the port while my car stays at the hotel,,,but I want to park near the ship. 8)
Sky, I was wondering if it would be cheaper to take the train to Miami from Lakeland. When I went on Liberty I was chatting with a couple from Lakeland and they did that. She said it was about $125 rt for the both of them.
I plan to check out shuttles and taxis if I ever cruise from Tampa.
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Tampa's parking isn't quite as bad. It was $14 per day last month. Port Canaveral was $15 per day, and MIAMI was $20 per day. Haven't done Ft. Lauderdale lately, but I'd bet they are getting right up there with Miami. I'd enjoy riding the train, (sure would beat the stress of driving) but the lovely Mrs. Jones probably wouldn't go for it. It really isn't too bad to drive down to Lauderdale, or Miami. It's a lot worse driving BACK after the cruise. It might be a hassle getting all the luggage on and off the train, and finding transportation from the train station to the port.

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