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October 11th, 2004

I Heart Hotwire

Ryan expressed his pleasurable experience with Priceline before, but I’ve got to say that Hotwire holds a special place in my heart.

I first decided to give Hotwire a shot on our trip out to Chicago for a visit in May. The hotels we got were great and at a very reasonable price – like the Crowne Plaza in Omaha (which is much better than one might imagine.) I kind of like the whole purchasing process too, which keeps the exact hotel name and location secret until you’ve completed your purchase. It’s like a game, but with real money! How great!

But it came through yesterday when for various reasons, we needed a hotel room just for the night – that same night. Hotwire said, “No problem.” As a result we got a very fine room at a very fine place for a nice, low price and saved $100. Nothing to sneeze at, for sure!

Now, about flights and rental cars… I can’t say I’ve used ’em for that. But for hotels, Hotwire is my favorite.

Posted in Consumer Commentary

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday October 11, 2004 -- 8:46:40 am
Last year I stayed in the downtown Hilton in Philly for $39 via Hotwire.

FROM: aharris
DATE: Monday October 11, 2004 -- 3:38:10 pm
speaking of priceline...

here's a good site for comparing priceline bids in different cities:

You can get a pretty good idea of how much to bid and what you'll get

Chris: I could respond w/ something like...'That's nothing, once I stayed in the Paris Hilton for free'

but I'm much too mature for that...

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday October 11, 2004 -- 3:50:19 pm
Of course, Ms. Harris, you *could* have clicked on the link above before posting. But I know research isn't your strong point.

FROM: Chris
DATE: Monday October 11, 2004 -- 5:14:58 pm
Yeah, but not everybody has been in the Philly Hilton.

I don't have your delusions of maturity to deal with ;)

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Tuesday October 12, 2004 -- 2:15:51 pm
Priceline doesn't allow you to search for pet friendly hotels--it does let you know of a partner if you need pet friendly accomodations. The partner company didn't seem to have any good deals, though.

If Hotwire allows pet friendly hotel searches, I'll use them next time.

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