How To Score Cheap Hotels On Priceline (The Ultimate Guide + Video)

How to score cheap hotels on PricelineI’m going to show you exactly how to get the best possible hotel deal on Priceline resulting in savings of up to 70% off a hotel’s published rate. No joke, if you want proof you can check out my list of previous cheap hotel scores.

I’m going to walk you through it step by step giving you tons of extra information most guides don’t cover and to top it off I’m going to show you a video of me doing it myself so you can be 100% confident when you do it.

Sound good?

But first, I want you to know exactly what you’re getting into by giving you the pros and cons of bidding on hotels. Also, if you aren’t familiar with Priceline and what hotel bidding is, read the above link for a good primer and then come back here to learn exactly how to do it.

Start A New Priceline Bid

The Ups And Downs Of Hotel Bidding

There are a lot of cons listed below, but if you read through this entire guide, including the tips and tricks at the bottom, you will see that you can overcome most of the Cons quite easily so they have little to no impact on you whatsoever, leaving you just with the great list of Pros.


  • Up to 70% off the price of 3 and 4 star hotels in North America and around the world.
    • This one right here makes all the cons worth it, trust me!
  • Stay right downtown in a swanky hotel often for less than the price of a motel on the city outskirts.
  • No negotiating, haggling, or scouring the internet for coupons and deals just to save a few bucks - you almost always get the best price (by far) following this process.
  • You can avoid most of the cons listed below almost entirely by following the tips in this guide, so don’t be discouraged when reading them.
  • Most of the hotels Priceline offers are big brands and good quality, which has been my experience.


  • There are no cancelations after you win a hotel bid even if you make a mistake on dates or the city or area you are bidding on!
  • You don’t get to choose the exact hotel you will be staying at.
  • You might end up at a slightly inconvenient location.
  • Rooms won are only technically meant for 2 occupants even if they can hold more.
  • It can be easy to overbid if you rush or don’t follow the advice in this guide so read carefully.
  • You are only technically allowed 1 bid for every 24 hour period.
  • As with any hotel reservation, there can be the occasional overbooking problem.
  • Priceline customer service is known to be generally unhelpful if something goes wrong with your stay.
  • Some hotels will give Priceline customers their least desirable rooms.

Getting The Best Deal On Priceline Step By Step


First, let me be clear that the only way to get the best deal on Priceline is by using the Name Your Own Price feature. This allows you to bid on hotels without knowing which hotel exactly you will be staying at while giving you access to rock bottom prices. Ignore the big “Search Hotels” form that entices you to book a room at the regular rates.

I’m going to give you a ton of detail here but you can pick and choose which steps you want to do yourself. You can still get a really good deal in much less time by doing the bare minimum. However, if you want the absolute best deal and maximum safety be sure to follow all the steps.

Video Walkthrough

You'll find a step by step guide complete with pictures just below this section, but nothing can better explain a somewhat complicated process than a walkthrough video. After watching this 30 minute video, you will be an expert on hotel bidding with Priceline and know more than 99% of the people out there. I've done my best to show you everything so you won't have any questions and can just do this yourself ASAP.

Step 1: Book A Fully Cancellable Backup Hotel First

You’ll often want to wait until a few weeks before your trip to book with Priceline because that is when the cheapest rates are normally found. This isn’t a universal rule though, because sometimes really good deals happen many months in advance or within the last day or two - but a few weeks to a month in advance is a consistently good time to bid.

However, waiting until the last minute can be a big problem if a huge event pops up and all the hotel rooms in the area sell out or your bidding fails and you can’t get a room for a reasonable price. Simply book any reasonably priced hotel ASAP by conventional means and make sure it is 100% cancellable within 24 hours of your arrival date without penalty so you won’t get stuck without a place to stay.

This is also a great way to see how much hotels are going for in the area. So take note of a few hotels, prices, star ratings, and Trip Advisor ranks while you are doing this. I use a custom Google Map to track all this data for easy reference.


Step 2: Figure Out What Area(s) You Want To Stay In

Before you can bid, you need to know what Priceline “regions” are acceptable for you to stay in. So click the Name Your Own Price link, enter your location and dates, then click the Bid Now button to bring up the bidding page for your destination city that has a map showing you all the numbered areas you can bid on. In Toronto, you can see below that there are 17 different areas:


The most common choice is to stay in the heart of the city, which means there will typically only be a few areas that are suitable. In this case they are as follows:

  • (3) Downtown Toronto North - Yorkville
  • (4) Downtown Toronto Southeast - Union Station & St. Lawrence
  • (5) Downtown Toronto Southwest - Entertainment & Financial Districts

Being flexible on your areas will often get you much lower prices. For instance, areas near airports are notoriously very cheap. Typically, the further you go outside of the city the cheaper it gets.

Finally, if you do find multiple suitable areas but you have an order of preference, make sure you only bid on one of them at a time starting with the one you prefer most. If you bid on multiple areas simultaneously you will almost always end up in the least desirable one because it has the lowest priced hotels.

Simply put, keep bidding up your preferred area until you either win or you reach your maximum bid. If you reach your maximum, move on to the next most desirable location and start your bidding over again.

Step 3: Choose Your Star Level

This is a very important step because the star level you choose will have a great impact on what hotel you end up staying in. Star ratings, reviews and hotel lists are also the easiest way to identify which hotels you could potentially win in the bidding process - but more on that later.

The key thing to remember here is that Priceline can place you in any hotels that is either in the star rating you choose or above. That means if you choose 2* and check off 5 areas, then Priceline can put you in a 2, 3, 4, or 5 star hotel in any one of those 5 areas. This is an important point to remember when I discuss free rebidding later, so try and stick it in your memory now.

The other thing to remember is that you should almost never bid below 3* on Priceline. Star ratings often mean very little in terms of the quality of the hotel as there are some fantastic 2* hotels out there and some really bad 3* ones. However, the chances of you ending up in a dive shack are much lower if you bid on 3 or 4 star (and above) hotels exclusively.

For the purposes of my Downtown Toronto example, I will choose 3.5 stars.


Step 4: Identify Potential Hotels Using Hotel Lists

Now that you know both your desired areas and your preferred star level, you can start identifying hotels you could win using hotel lists compiled from good Samaritans who have shared details about their recent wins. This isn’t a foolproof system, but I think I’ve only been assigned to a hotel that wasn’t on a hotel list once when using Priceline and Hotwire combined.

Priceline Hotel Lists

Use the above hotel lists, filter them down to your preferred area and star level, then take note of all the matching hotels. Don’t forget to list hotels at higher star levels too just to be safe because you could end up in one of those too.


Step 5: Scan Matching Hotels For Deal Breakers

This step isn’t one that many people bother to do, but it is an important step if you want to make sure you don’t end up at a hotel you really hate - be it because it is a rundown dump, it has really small rooms that won’t accommodate your group (common in Europe), or because it is on the outskirts of your desired region and is too far away from where you want to be.

This is where I recommend you fire up Trip Advisor and start copying and pasting hotel names and review from there into your notes or a Google Map.


Take note of the following information and plot it in your Google Map:

  • Hotel rank (i.e. #46 of 139 Hotels in Toronto).
  • Star rating (should be the same as Priceline but not guaranteed).
  • Regular price (use the Show Prices button).
  • Location (easy to determine with Google Maps).
  • Link to the hotel page on Trip Advisor.


Once you have all that information in one convenient location plotted on a map of the area you will quickly be able to see if there is a hotel that you just couldn’t stomach staying at. If that is the case, you can adjust your star level upward in the same area or try again in another spot.

If that still doesn’t work you can switch to a different service like Priceline Express Deals or Hotwire where you get more information about the hotel you will be staying at but still not knowing its name. Given this information, you can usually make an educated guess about the specific hotel you will be getting and the prices are still usually good, albeit somewhat higher than Priceline.

Book A Priceline Express Deal

Step 6: Figure Out Your Price Range

Now that you know the potential hotels you could win along with a rough idea of their regular prices, you can figure out how much you are willing to bid.

See Real Winning Bids

The sites listed above where you can find hotel lists also show winning bids reported by their users. It is rare to see a bid for the exact date and location you are staying in unless it is a really popular area, but these bids will give you a good idea about what hotels are being won recently and how much they are going for. Here they are again:

Another place you can go to see real recent winning bids is Priceline’s own winning bid page. The only problem with looking here is that they aren't necessarily showing you the lowest winning bids. People using the above sites should be using a process similar to this to secure the lowest prices. Normal people visiting Priceline can severely overbid making any bids they display potentially much higher.

Your Maximum Bid

For a maximum bid, I would suggest looking for a minimum of 30-40% off the Best Available Rate of hotels of equivalent star rating in the area, which means the regular fully-cancellable price. Getting 60-70% off is certainly possible too, but a rate that good depends on many factors out of our control. 40% off still represents a lot of savings over a lengthy stay.

The rates you recorded previously through Trip Advisor might actually be discounted prepaid rates instead of the best available rate, so it might be worthwhile to check a few of the rates directly on the hotel websites. The reason I compare against the higher rate is because if you were to pay the regular rate you would want to be able to cancel the reservation

Your Starting (Minimum) Bid

There are a few rules of thumb I use for determining the minimum bid:

  • 70% off the Best Available Rate OR
  • 10-20% off the cheapest comparable winning bid you saw from above OR
  • 20% off the cheapest hotel with the same area and star rating on Hotwire OR
  • 10-20% off the cheapest similar Priceline Express Deal.

The Hotwire rule of thumb can be a very effective way of determining your minimum bid quickly because it is widely accepted that rates on Hotwire are about 20% more for the exact same hotel booked via Name Your Own Price. It’s a good place to start, and then you can double check the rate with the other two rules of thumb to make sure you’re in the right ballpark.

Your starting rate really depends a lot on your patience. If you are just looking for a half-decent quick deal, then you’ll want to start higher so your chances of winning quickly are better. If you have the patience of Job and want the best possible deal, then start lower and bid up slowly using free rebids so you know you are getting the lowest possible price.

TIP: To make sure you aren’t way out in left field, you can enter some really low bids into the Name Your Own Price text box and, if you’re really low, a warning will pop up to tell you have almost a 0% chance of winning. Check out the below screenshots to see what I mean:




Step 7: Determine How Many Free Rebids You Have

Remember when I said you can only bid once per 24 hour period? Well, that isn’t entirely true if you use the free rebid strategy!

The idea is this: you can bid again immediately if you increase your price and change one small thing about your bid. Things you can change include:

  • The area you are bidding on OR
  • The star level you are bidding on

But wait - what was the point of painstakingly determining our star level and area if we are just going to throw that away now? The secret is we’re not! We’re going to game the Priceline algorithm so that we can select multiple areas but still only have a chance of winning in our desired location.

Pinpoint Areas With No Hotels At Or Above Your Star Level

What you do now is click through the list of areas one at a time and look for areas that have ALL the star levels grayed out at or above your desired star level. So, if you are bidding 3.5*, that means that 3.5, 4, 4.5, and 5 star would all be impossible to select.


For this to work, you MUST make sure only one area is selected at a time and simply write down the area numbers that match this criteria. For Toronto, the following areas match:

  • (1) Brampton
  • (2) Burlington - Oakville South
  • (13) Toronto East
  • (16) Toronto North - Vaughan
  • (17) Toronto West

Work Out Your Free Rebid Area Permutations

Permutation is a fancy math word that simply means matching a set of things (like numbers) together in as many unique or different ways as possible. So if you had 1, 2, and 3 there would be five valid permutations:

1 | 1-2 | 1-3 | 2-3 | 1-2-3

You might think you could also write “2-1” as another one but you can’t because 1 and 2 have already been combined together as “1-2”, just in a different order. 1 and 2 are also in “1-2-3” but because 3 wasn’t included with both 1 and 2 anywhere else, it is considered a different permutation.

Using our Toronto areas from above we can make a LOT more permutations. If we say our desired area is zone (3) Downtown Toronto Southeast, then we always want to include zone 3 in all of our permutations no matter what. Here is what we get:

  • 3
  • 3-1 | 3-2 | 3-13 | 3-16 | 3-17 (length of two starting with ‘3’)
  • 3-1-2 | 3-1-13 | 3-1-16 | 3-1-17 (length of three starting with ‘3-1’)
  • 3-2-13 | 3-2-16 | 3-2-17 (length of three starting with ‘3-2’)
  • 3-13-16 | 3-13-17 (length of three starting with ‘3-13’)
  • 3-16-17 (length of three starting with ‘3-16’)
  • 3-1-2-13 | 3-1-2-16 | 3-1-2-17 (length of four starting with ‘3-1-2’)
  • 3-1-13-16 | 3-1-13-17 (length of four starting with ‘3-1-13’)
  • 3-1-16-17 (length of four starting with ‘3-1-16’)
  • 3-2-13-16 | 3-2-13-17 (length of four starting with ‘3-2-13’)
  • 3-2-16-17 (length of four starting with ‘3-2-16’)
  • 3-13-16-17 (length of four starting with ‘3-13-16’)
  • 3-2-13-16-17 (length of five)

That’s a total of 27 permutations or 26 free rebids in addition to your initial bid for zone 3 all by itself. With each of these bid configurations you are guaranteed to only get a hotel in zone 3 and nowhere else as long as you are bidding for 3.5* hotels or above.

Here’s an example of a valid free rebid permutation:


Double Check Your Free Rebids Easily

It’s easy to get confused when working with permutations, so it makes sense to double check that a free rebid is valid before using it. The easy way to do this is to simply check off all the zones in the permutation EXCEPT your desired zone.

After doing this, all the stars levels above and including your desired star level should be grayed out. If so, the permutation is valid and you can add in your desired area, select your star level, and place your bid. If not, you’ve made a mistake with your permutations somehow and need to try another one. Here’s what a permutation check would look like for the 3-1-13-17 permutation:


Step 8: Choose A Bid Increment

Now that you have your min and max bids decided along with the number of free rebids you have at your disposal, it is time to decide how much you want to increase your bid after every failed bid.

If you have enough free rebids, in theory you could increase your bid by a single dollar every time until you win or you reach your maximum bid. This will ensure you get best possible price every time.

However, if you have a limited number of rebids or you don’t want to spend the time bidding over and over again you change your increment to be 2, 3, 5, or even 10 dollars. The bidding process does suck up a lot of time, so you have to keep that in mind when deciding if saving a dollar or two is worth it. When I first started bidding on hotels years ago, I used to bid by the dollar. Now, I typically step up by $5 each time depending on how busy I am.

Step 9: Place Your Bids

Now you have everything you need to start bidding!

IMPORTANT: Start Fresh For Each New Bid

The first step is to come back here and use this link every time you place a new bid:

Start A Fresh Bid

The reason for doing this is twofold:

First, if you attempt to bid again right after a failed bid, you will have some areas checked off on the bidding page that you can’t uncheck. This makes maximizing your free rebids impossible because you won’t be able to enter in all the permutations you have figured out from Step 7.

Second, I do receive a small commission if you use my link that will help support this site and my family. Please know that if you do decide to use my link I absolutely appreciate it and that you are helping make all the great free content I bring to you here possible.

Enter Your Bid Details According To Plan

If this is your first bid:

  • Click the Start A Fresh Bid button above.
  • Check off the area where you plan to stay from Step 2.
  • Select your chosen star level from Step 3.
  • Enter your minimum bid level from Step 6.
  • Type in your Reservation Name and click Preview Offer.
  • Confirm the details of your bid on Please Review Your Request page.
  • Enter your 2 letter initials and click Continue.
  • Enter your payment details and click Buy My Hotel Now.

If you are using one of your free rebids:

  • Click the Start A Fresh Bid button above.
  • Check off the list of zones from one of your free rebid permutations from Step 7 leaving out your desired area for now.
  • Confirm that all star levels at or above your chosen star level are grayed out.
  • Check off the area where you plan to stay from Step 2.
  • Select your chosen star level from Step 3.
  • Enter your current bid that should be equal to your previous bid + the increment you decided on in Step 8
    • If you’ve reached your maximum from Step 6, it is time to stop.
  • Type in your Reservation Name and click Preview Offer.
  • Confirm the details of your bid on Please Review Your Request page.
  • Enter your 2 letter initials and click Continue.
  • Enter your payment details and click Buy My Hotel Now.

Ignore All Immediate Rebid Offers

If you are getting close to a winning bid, Priceline will frequently give you the chance to rebid immediately without changing your zones or your star level if you raise your bid by a certain amount (usually $15-$20 per night).

Take this as a positive sign that you are close to scoring a deal but you should always ignore the offer and start a fresh bid like always. The reason for this is because they almost always suggest bidding higher than the lowest dollar amount the hotel will accept forcing you to overpay.

Now would actually be a good time to consider lowering your bid increment amount if you have a lot of free rebids remaining so you can guarantee yourself the best price possible.

Step 10: Enjoy Your Stay!

That’s it, unless you couldn’t reach a winning bid you should now have your hotel reserved and all you have to do is show up on time and enjoy your stay! Don’t forget to cancel your backup hotel if you reserved one from Step 1.

If you didn’t win because you exceeded your maximum price or you ran out of free rebids you have a few options:

  • Stay at your backup hotel.
  • Try to find a good deal through Priceline Express Deals or Hotwire.
  • Wait at least a day and try bidding again because you’ll have all your free rebids again and prices do fluctuate regularly so you might find a cheaper price next time.
  • Consider staying in a cheaper zone or lowering your star level if price is all that really matters.

Quick Tips For Improving Your Experience

  • Book a fully cancellable backup hotel before you start your bidding.
  • Always confirm your booking directly with the hotel to avoid overbooking problems and any possible glitches. Check again the day before you go.
  • If your room isn’t satisfactory when you walk in, immediately ask politely to be moved because you are still a paying guest and should still get a decent room.
  • Give the hotel your rewards information even if they don’t give points for Priceline stays. You might get lucky and get full credit and, if not, you often do earn points for any incidental charges made to your room. Sometimes loyalty card members are treated preferentially as well.
  • Remember to check the final price including taxes and fees added on by both Priceline and Hotwire. They are higher (percentage-wise) than the hotels charge themselves but should still be much less overall than if you had paid full price.
  • Never bid on anything below 3 stars to avoid ending up in awful hotels.
  • Confirm you dates when bidding again and again to make sure you don’t accidentally book the wrong month or go off by a day or two.
  • If you do make a mistake on dates, Priceline will usually let you cancel and rebid the correct dates for a relatively small fee.

Advanced Priceline Strategies

But wait, there’s more!

If you’ve gotten this far, you’re already doing really well and are going to score fantastic hotels at amazing rates. However, there are a few advanced strategies that can you even further ahead.

Win Without Really Winning

Some of the biggest fears of using Priceline come down to making a booking mistake, overbidding, or having to spend too much time securing a good deal. You can solve most of these problems by placing a winning bid without really winning!

How does that work?

First, buy a prepaid credit card at the store with a very small balance - you know, the ones that have fixed balances and charge you a convenience fee to use. You can also use an old one you have lying around at home. Then, use that prepaid credit card instead of your real credit card when placing your bids.

As long as the balance on the prepaid credit card is less than the amount of your total bid, Priceline will attempt to put your winning bid through, but it will fail and give you an error message. This error message only appears when you would have won the bid had your payment method been valid because they don’t bother checking your available balance ahead of time.

You can use this trick to bid much more quickly in larger increments (or by using a bisection method) and then when you’ve zoned in on the winning range you can double check all your details and start bidding more strategically with your real credit card number.

Another possible way of doing the same thing is simply inputting an incorrect security code (the 3 digits on the back of your card). This should also cause the transaction to fail but is slightly less safe than the prepaid method. Turns out those expensive prepaid cards are good for something ;)

Get Even More Bids

If you run out of free rebids and are in a time crunch you can actually create multiple Priceline accounts using a different email address and credit card to get more bids. If you want to be super safe about it, you can also change your IP address by using a different computer or proxy service like Hide My Ass.

If creating multiple accounts for one person sounds a little shady to you, then you can get people who are travelling with you to create an account of their own giving you access to another full set of rebids immediately.

Get A Cheap Room Upgrade

Sometimes guests who book through a third party get the short end of the room selection stick. You may end up on a low floor, a previously smoking or pet-friendly room, near a noisy elevator, be assigned a small bed, or put in a room that hasn’t been recently renovated.

Fortunately, you can often get one of the better regular rooms and maybe even a nice upgrade by following these tips:

  • Check in earlier in the day so there are a lot of available rooms left both so you can get a better room and avoid potential overbooking problems. They aren’t going to kick you out of a room you are already in!
  • As mentioned in the Quick Tips above, request the kind of room you want by calling in advance and again at check-in notifying them that you called in advance to request a specific room.
  • Look through the Room Tips on Trip Advisor for your hotel to get a better idea of what you should ask for upon check in.
  • Common room requests: newly renovated room, higher floor, quiet location, king size bed, two beds, etc.
  • Discreetly give the check in clerk a tip when handing them your credit card for incidentals. Ask them if they have any good room upgrades available. This won’t always work, but it will definitely work sometimes and it is a good gamble to take considering how much money you’ve already saved on the room.
  • If you are a member of the hotel’s loyalty program, try asking if you can upgrade your room using points. One time I was able to upgrade to the top club floor of the Sheraton Centre hotel in Toronto with full access to the lounge for a meagre 1,000 starpoints. I only paid $67 a night!
  • Always have a friendly and pleasant attitude when dealing with hotel staff and don’t hesitate to call people by their first name. You’ll certainly catch more flies with honey!

Overcoming The Cons

If you read through the entire article, you will have already seen how most of the initial cons listed at the start of the article are non-issues. However, I’m going summarizes all the Conquerers here for quick reference.

No Cancellations

Not being able to cancel is a big deal, especially if you make a mistake with your booking dates, area, or star level. Fortunately the following workaround exist:

  • Use the Win Without Really Winning strategy from above so you know when you’ve found the right price without actually booking the hotel. Then, you can double check everything for mistakes before placing your final bid.
  • If you do make a legitimate mistake with your dates, you can contact Priceline customer service and they may let you rebid the correct dates for a small fee.
  • If you use a good quality travel rewards credit card with trip cancellation, you can get your money refunded for stays cancelled due to medical or emergency reasons.

Not Knowing Which Hotel

In Step 4, I showed you how to use hotel lists to identify all the hotels that you are likely to win in a given area. Use this list to decide if any of the hotels are not up to your standards. If there are recent winning bids around the time of your dates, your chances are much higher that you will get that specific hotel making your decision that much easier.

Inconvenient Location

Again, using the hotel lists and winning bids should help you mitigate the inconvenient location problem. If you plot all the hotels on a map, you will be able to see if any of them is particularly inaccessible from where you want to be.

2 Occupant Limit

In North American hotels, rooms are usually large enough that you can be accomodated for extra people at the very least with a roll-away bed. You can however, use the hotel list to determine if any of the hotels in your desired region have small rooms or beds.

I also recommend calling the hotel shortly after you’ve won your bid to request extra beds and occupants if needed. Then, call again the day before you arrive to confirm and plan to arrive earlier on in the day while there are still a lot of rooms available.

If you can’t be accommodated, there is also the possibility of booking a second room on Priceline at the same hotel seeing as you are saving so much in the first place.


If you follow this guide, you should never be in a position where you accidentally overbid. However, you may still want to do it intentionally to save time. Remember to use your free rebids from Step 7 and also apply the Win Without Really Winning strategy to bid more freely without fear of paying too much.


Sometimes hotels do get overbooked and as a lower paying 3rd party booking customer, you are at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to room assignment priority. Worst case scenario, the hotel will have to “walk you”, which means paying to put you up at another nearby hotel if no rooms are available. However, you should be able to avoid this ever happening to you by taking a few precautions:

  • Arrive early in the day so there are lots of rooms left to allocate.
  • Join the hotel’s loyalty program so your reservation is treated with a little more respect.
  • Call to confirm your room both after you book it and the day before you arrive.

Unhelpful Customer Service

Priceline Name Your Own Price is designed to be a very unforgiving system, which is why the discounts are so high. Hotels are trading guaranteed revenue for your flexibility. You need to accept this or else using the service isn’t for you.

However, the good news is you won’t need customer service if you read, understand, and implement the steps in this guide. Being an informed consumer means you usually don’t have to rely on companies to make things right!

If you’re desperate though, don’t hesitate to give them a call, they still might be able to do something for you.

Undesirable Rooms

No one wants to get stuck in a dingy old room that hasn’t been renovated in a century but you have to face the reality that as a low paying customer, you are automatically given the least priority when it comes to room choice. Fortunately, most hotel staff don’t treat Priceline guests that differently and by following the advice in the Cheap Room Upgrade strategy above, you shouldn’t have any problem securing a decent room, if not a swanky upgrade!

Also, remember never to bid below 3 stars, just to be safe!

Get Started Booking Your Room

You now have everything you need to know to do amazingly well booking a room on Priceline. All that’s left is to give it a try:

Start A New Bid Now

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Stephen Weyman
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Thanks Daniel. I just finished shooting the video yesterday and now it is being edited. It is really long, which I know is going to make a lot of people concerned about watching it ... but I think giving the appropriate amount of detail is necessary so people don't make mistakes bidding. Hopefully everyone will give it a chance :)

October 15, 2015 @ 9:46 am
s's picture

me too.
Going a big trip next year....might use this strategy! Does it work well for more than one night?

October 13, 2015 @ 11:55 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture

You definitely should. Yes, it does work well for more than one night. Ive booked 5+ night stays with no issues before. The only possible concern for really long stays is if there is one expensive night in there it can really bring up the whole bid cost substantially.

If you do have trouble getting a lengthy stay at decent price, you can split your bid into two segments which can help. This might mean you need to change hotels mid trip, but it could be worth it if you really can't get a good deal. You can also try booking shorter and then using the "add extra nights" feature to get more nights at the same hotel for the same price. However, if those extra night are really expensive, they may reject your requests for extra nights.

October 15, 2015 @ 9:49 am
Rydel's picture

love all of this information. I need a hotel near Disneyland for 4 for 5 nights. I am worried about the occupancy being only 2. What are the chances that when I call the hotel they would not be able to accommodate the extra 2 people (kids)?

July 29, 2017 @ 2:49 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture

There's no guarantees. In the USA it would be pretty rare that they wouldn't be able to accomodate 4.

July 31, 2017 @ 3:31 pm
Kristina1313's picture

This is amazing and most valuable information! I truly appreciate the effort you put into preparing the guide, plus the video. I will definitely try this very soon.

What I learned from using the well-known hotel booking sites is that each company is assigned block of room, whichl is what they are selling on their web sites. So, it can appear to be misleading when, say, Expedia, states that a certain hotel is SOLD OUT. It may be that only Expedia's allocation of rooms is sold out, and that there are rooms available at that hotel.

June 06, 2018 @ 8:04 pm
Kristina1313's picture

Help! I'm not finding the "name you own price " feature" on Is it still there?

June 06, 2018 @ 8:17 pm
Kristina1313's picture

I found t!e problem. I was using a tablet, and didn't see the "name your own price" option. Once I downloaded the app for Android devices, the "name your own price" option was presented.

June 06, 2018 @ 10:10 pm

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