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Priceline Hotel Bidding FAQ

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  1. Does a cheap hotel room on Priceline mean an inferior place?
  2. How can I find out some hotels Priceline uses in a neighborhood?
  3. >>> How can I avoid overpaying? <<<
  4. What if I find a better rate for my hotel room after I bid?
  5. What sort of room will I get?
  6. Will my room be smoking or non-smoking?
  7. Do the hotels treat Priceline customers differently?
  8. Can I choose hotel before bidding?
  9. Can I get a refund or change my dates?
  10. I'm a physically-challenged person. What if my Priceline hotel does not have a room that works for me?
  11. How late can I book a room on Priceline.com?
  12. Will I get a better rate booking at the last minute?
  13. Who shouldn't’t bid on Priceline hotels?
  14. Do you have any tips for getting extra savings on Priceline?

1. Does a cheap hotel room on Priceline mean an inferior place?

No, not at all. You pick the quality when you bid.

If you want first class or deluxe quality, bid for 3-star or (especially in larger cities) 3.5- or 4-star places. You’ll usually end up at a Hyatt, Marriott, Doubletree, Hilton, InterContinental, Sheraton, Crown Plaza, Wyndham, Westin, or similar hotel.

Typical 2.5- or 3-star hotels include Holiday Inn Express, Fairfield Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, Hampton Inn, Four Points by Sheraton, etc.

Priceline.com may rate of some of these higher or lower based on the amenities available, but the above listings are typical. Priceline's star ratings are very similar to AAA's auto club diamond ratings.

2. How can I find out some hotels Priceline uses in a neighborhood?

Easy. Check hotels Priceline features in its vacation package neighorhoods:

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Enter your destination and dates of travel.

Priceline uses many of these for its "Name your own price" hotels. Your bid for a particular star rating will put you in one of these or at an equivalent hotel.

3. How can I avoid overpaying?

4. What if I find a better rate for my hotel room after I bid?

Priceline guarantees you the at least the lowest rate available to the general public.

Its rules are simple: Same hotel, same dates, same type of room, published rate that can be verified by it, etc. You must apply quickly after booking with Priceline.

5. What sort of room will I get?

Normally, you’ll receive a standard (regular) room with one or two beds.

Ocean view rooms, suites, and other special rooms cost that cost extra are not part of the Pricleine bidding process.

NOTE: Standard rooms at some hotels (especially in large cities) may not have space for more than two persons—there may not be room for a rollaway bed or cot.

6. Will my room be smoking or non-smoking?

Priceline requests non-smoking rooms. However, call your hotel before arrival to make sure you get room you want. Most rooms these days are non-smoking.

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7. Do hotels treat Priceline customers differently?

Where a staff is well trained, no one ever mentions that you are a Priceline customer in front of other hotel guests. They don't want guests who paid regular rates to feel they've overpaid!

Also, you’ll get the same type of standard room that most guests receive, unless the hotel upgrades you because it has run out of regular rooms.

One difference is that you will only have to pay when you check out if you used room service, the room's mini bar, or any other service not covered in the basic room charge.

These charges can really add up, so think twice, for example, before you decide to park at a city center hotel or use an extraordinarily expensive mini bar.

8. Can I choose the hotel before bidding?

No, but with Priceline you can pick a specific neighborhood and star-quality rating. Priceline lists the basic amenities you’ll receive with each star rating.

In larger cities, you will find a wide range of neighborhoods and quality choices.

9. How can I get a refund or change my dates?

You cannot cancel or change anything once you authorize your credit card to be charged.

That’s the risk you take for your big discount.

10. I'm a physically-challenged person. What if my Priceline hotel does not have a room that works for me?

Call 1 800-PRICELINE and have customer service book an alternate hotel without extra charge. Have your Priceline transaction number handy.

Please do not wait until check in to verifly that you will be given an appropriate room. Call the hotel soon after booking.

11. How late can I book a room on Priceline.com?

For most hotels in North America, up to 11:00 p.m. (local hotel time) on the day of arrival—if rooms are still available.

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12. Will I get a better rate booking at the last minute?

Last-minute reservations are risky, as hotels in the area may sell out.

Nevertheless, if rooms are available, you can often get an even bigger hotel discount at the last minute.

If you’re flexible—if your heart isn’t set on just one neighborhood, if your first bid fails—a last-minute booking may be your key to maximum savings.

13. Who should not bid on Priceline hotels?

Important question! Don't bid if

14. Any tips for getting extra savings on Priceline?

Hotels near many large international airports, especially

These offer significant values at the moment.

Biggest percentage discounts tend to come from 3- and 4-star hotels. There may be little or no difference in price between these and a 2-star hotel.

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