I am the only person in America, I think, who has never used Priceline, but having read some reviews about rooms in Honolulu (and looking at regular prices :eek: ) I am tempted.
I've played with the site a bit but don't fully understand. If I put in the dates and that I want X stars, and go through the process - do I ever get to know what the hotel is before I pay up?
You will not find out the hotel until your bid is accepted. I have used Priceline over 30+ times and I have not been unhappy with the result. The best advice I can give you is to only bid on 3 1/2 star hotels and higher. Preferably bid on 4 star or 5 star but I've done a few 3 1/2 and haven't been disappointed. The last was the Marriot Biscayne Bay in Miami. It had been downgraded to a 3 1/2 and it was still a good hotel.
I had a friend who bid a 2.5 star hotel in Las Cruces, New Mexico and did end up in a dump. That was the only star level available.
For Hawaii, I have used Priceline two times. The first time we got the Sheraton Royal Hawaiian for $90 and the second time the Moana Surfrider (really nice hotel) for $85.
The website biddingfortravel.com is a good place to get information on bidding and successful bids.
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I have used both, and if you plug in only the higher star level, you will be happy..Not knowing is the key to getting the best values. For many they are not willing to let the control go, but, a 4-5 star, is a 4-5 star, a good thing
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1) Make sure you know the AREA you are bidding.
2) Start low on bids, Wait a day then bid again, if not accepted.
3) Changes dates by 1-day on your total stay.
Example, If your schedule requires a Friday-Sunday 3-nights and your bid is not accepted. Try bidding Sat. & Sun. 2-nights only, PriceLine will allow you to obtain a room at your bid rate, if the hotel has a room open one day before and after your accepted bid.