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Old April 27th, 2008, 09:59 AM
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Were cruising in October from Ft. Lauderdale and was thinking of flying in a day early and would like to stay somewhere cheap. Don't want to spend all my cruise money, but with the airlines the way they are thought it might be best to go a day early. I seen some posts about priceline, how does it work? Or could I get cheaper just by booking over the internet and if so Which places or cheap and clean?
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In October, the rates are cheaper, because high season has not yet started and it's hurricane season. Several years ago, I used Hotwire, and, got the Amerisuites right near the port for like $32.00.

While I am sure rates will not be like that, call the hotels, do Orbitz, Travelocity, etc, & see what rates you can get, then try Priceline and enter Ft. Lauderdale [airport,] to get hotels closest to theport. Amerisuites, Embassy Suites, best Western, Holiday Inn Express, are all in close proximity..Good luck.
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I checked into Priceline the other day for Miami hotels and the rates were higher then going to the hotel website direct. maybe because I'm looking into June and this might be high season?
I'll take a look at hotwire today.
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You don't use priceline. Always contact the hotel direct, usually can get a better deal and if any problems you deal direct, not through priceline. I don't recommend ever using one those types services. What seems like a bargain can turn into a nightmare. You get what you pay for.
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We have used Priceline in Vancouver, Canada twice, Fort Lauderdale and San Diego and have never been disappointed. We know we have saved lots of money. We always bid on a 4* or 5* in the area we want. I helped my former boss use it for a business trip to Sacramento and he was very satisfied. There is an optional $5 insurance fee that could help if you do have problems. We wouldn't hesitate to use Priceline again.
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Here is a website that does a very good job at explaining how to use priceline and will help with bidding strategies. This site also helps with figuring out what hotels are offering what prices on Hotwire. www.betterbidding.com
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I always use priceline and save about 25-50% I always do the name your own price for a 4star or 5star
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Priceline is great... but you DON'T accept their posted rates, you BID on your cruise. Start off at least 50% of what the hotels are listed for.

Bid at least 3 Star Hotels. In Miami downtown zone. In Ft Laud. either the beach or airport zones.
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Here is a link to an article about how to use Priceline. Though the article is several years old, I believe all the "rules" still apply.

http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/...kiReligion.cfm
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