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October 31st, 2003

Priceline watch

If you’ve ever used Priceline to bid for travel, you know that it can be a tricky proposition at best. After all, you don’t want to bid high when a hotel may have accepted a lower offer, but on the other hand, you don’t want to underbid too many times and lose out on what could be a good deal. So, with those issues in mind, BiddingForTravel.com comes in handy.

BFT is basically a gigantic message board organized by service (hotel, airline, etc.) and location. Visit the board before you’re going to make a bid and see what other users have reported as their successful bid for your destination and time period. It gives you a great starting point when it comes to putting out your first bid. I’ve also found that the people that frequent the board are real Priceline experts and know all the ins-and-outs of the service, so they can help steer you away from hotels that are notorious for shafting Priceline customers and tell you how good of a chance you have of changing a Priceline reservation after its been made.

BFT is one of those grassroots sites that grows up from a customer’s need and exists strictly to serve the customers. It’s a great little resource that’s worth returning to when it comes time to book a flight or hotel room online.

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FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday October 31, 2003 -- 9:21:26 am
I like Hotwire.com a lot. It gives you the price up front, but does no tell you the airline. hotel etc. until after you buy. I used it in Sept and got a room at the Philadelphia Convention Center Hilton for $46. Hilton.com quoted me $135 for the same room.



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday October 31, 2003 -- 10:50:04 am
After your good experience, I tried them out -- unfortunately, the prices they gave when I tried were extremely high and only had about 1/5th of the options as the other services. I haven't given up, though -- I'll try them again in the future. :)



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