By now, most people know Priceline and Hotwire offer some of the best discounts on hotel lodgings. But the drawback of making your reservation through Priceline or Hotwire is that you don’t know which hotel you will be getting. The last thing you want is to end up in an overrated 3 start hotel located in a bad neighborhood.
The website that you should bookmark or write down is BetterBidding.com. It’s community based forum that helps you identify the hotels provided by Hotwire and Priceline. The results are gathered from previous winning bids and compiled into different lists organized by each state or international region. This site has been very helpful to me in planning my trip to Europe last year. I was able to secure the following hotels at incredible rates:
4* Hilton Paris @ $119 / night
4* Moevenpick Hotel And Casino Geneva @$75 / night
4* Hilton Amsterdam @ $135 / night
4* Marriott Brussels @ $110 / night
5* De La Ville Intercontinental Roma @ $180 / night
For booking through Hotwire, the key is to look at the amenities listed under each hotel from Hotwire.com. Then, go to BetterBiddings.com and look for that hotel under its location, star rating, and the amenities. Usually, the combination of those three pieces of information is unique enough to identify the hotel.
For booking through Priceline, you need to first target the hotel you want. You can get a list of hotels supplied by Priceline for the location you want through BetterBidding.com. Once you have identified your desirable hotel, write down the the star rating and the city zone that the hotel is in. Now search BetterBidding.com’s fourm for previous winning bids. Based on previous winning bids, you should get an idea of how much you should start your bidding price. Now goto Priceline and start bidding based on the star rating and city zone you have written down earlier.
Now you have enjoyed your savings, make sure you contribute back to the community by posting your winning bids on BetterBidding.com.