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Does anyone use Hotwire or Priceline?

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by 1LuckyMomma, Jan 26, 2013.

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  1. 1LuckyMomma

    1LuckyMomma Low-Roller

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    I'm debating using one of them for our next trip. 4 or 5 star only. What experience have you had?
     
  2. abrown83

    abrown83 Tourist

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    Use BetterBidding in order to figure out what properties you are going to get and price ranges.

    I prefer Priceline as I feel you can generally get rates 10-15% below Hotwire using Name Your Own Price.
     
  3. DonD

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    I've used both and never had a problem. They each have their own advantages.
     
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    Backagain1 High-Roller

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    I always compare, and for me, Expedia is always cheaper from MPLS. Don't know if it is all cities or just here, but stating what I have found.
     
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  6. heatherlovesvegas

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    I have many times, but it's really really a crap shoot in Vegas. I've been stuck with that damn Westin a few times haha. I've done it to get the Trump, and you can get some great rates there (it's in it's own zone on Priceline).

    My advice is bid 5 star only. The 4's are too varied. You could end up with Mandalay Bay, Luxor or the Westin.. all VERY different properties IMO.

    Unless you just aren't that picky... yes check betterbidding.com. Hotwire is easier to figure out. But also you can't figure if you will get a Caesars property with no resort fee or an MGM with a $25 fee.. I like to factor that into my rates.

    Really though, with all the promo codes you can get great rates without using them.
     
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    I have used Priceline for about 8 years and probably booked more than 250 hotel stays, almost exclusively for business traveling solo. It's a great product, but because of the previously mentioned Westin, Trump, and resort fees, I'm not sure it works for Las Vegas. Bookings are non cancellable and not refundable, and rates in Vegas change like the wind. Besides, it's your vacation, do you want a surprise when it comes to your hotel?
     
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    I use Hotwire for hotels and car rentals in places other than Vegas. I haven't used them for airfare. But, I guess I could. I wouldn't use them for a hotel in Vegas though.
     
  9. 1LuckyMomma

    1LuckyMomma Low-Roller

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    Thanks for all the feedback. That's why I love this board so much! I'll stick with checking rates up until a few days before I leave like I usually do. :wink

    I usually end up at the Orleans but they are booked for our first 2 nights. I'd love to stay in a 5 star in Vegas but I'd rather spend the money having fun than on the room.
     
  10. JWBlue

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    What rate at the Westin did they give? I actually kind of want to try it.
     
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    I use i4vegas.com for the cheaper properties ... Circus Circus, Riv, El Cortez, Flamingo...etc
     
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    Priceline

    I use Priceline, $14+ tax a Day for Name your own price w/Avis = Win.
     
  13. btaller

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    I've used both Priceline and Hotwire before.

    Priceline: I've stayed at the Vdara for $68 on a week night and Aria for $85 on a summer weekend.

    Hotire can be a bit more, but there is more information. If you look at the details section it will tell you if there is a resort fee and how much.

    I've found that they tend to be mostly MGM properties. For Harrah's properties the "Hot Deals" section is usually very competitive.

    You can't go wrong if you Name Your Price on a 5 star South Strip property. It's usually Aria or Vdara which are both nice places to lay your head for a good price.
     
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    Like others have mentioned, check with BetterBidding before bidding. That site works great for Priceline and Hotwire. There's even a special Vegas calendar of wins that can be really handy to see what people are currently winning.
     
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    visit the website www.betterbidding.com, do comparison's with their hotwire hotel list, the listing on hotwire, what that hotwire's tripadvisors rating, and then cross reference with tripadvisor. If I ever pay for a room in Vegas again I will be using hotwire. with a little work you can pinpoint your hotel.
     
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    Totally agree with using www.betterbidding.com . This site is a wealth of knowledge on bidding sites.

    It's not 4/5 star but I got The Plaza on MM weekend for $67 a room. They are going for twice that.

    Good luck.
     
  17. Dice

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    I've been meaning to ask something along these lines as well.

    I've only ever been to Vegas once (last April). We stayed at Aria from Weds-Sunday. Got a decent deal off of Hotwire or Travelocity, I forget exactly which one, because I wasn't the one who booked it. However, we're looking to go back again this October on a Thurs-Mon trip (prob Columbus Day weekend), to really experience the Sportsbook scene on a fall football weekend, and now I'm in charge of planning/booking.

    I've been pricing some sites such as Hotwire, Priceline, and Travelocity and they all seem to be pretty comparable. I also checked Southwest Vacations, however, they won't allow you to book something yet that far in advance, so I could not get a quote there.

    Simply put, we're looking at all the upscale, and just below hotels (ie. Aria, Mirage, Venetian, Wynn, Bellagio, Cosmo, PH, etc.).

    My question is, am I better off booking the whole trip through one of these "convenience" sites, or should I be looking at booking the hotel, and flights separately?

    Anyone with past experience who can relate, or provide some advice would be really helping me out. Thanks!
     
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    Rate shop your flight only first, then rate shop a package and subtract the difference. Then check that hotels site. That will give you a good idea if you are indeed getting a deal.
     
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    in my experiences the more separate the better. That isn't what they tell you, but I always book flight / hotel separately. Trump is usually under $100 a night on Hotwire, no casino, easy access to Wynn / Encore properties, some of the best views on the strip.

    Vdara is popular on hotwire right now too, check different dates for your trip. If the timing is right you can hit a 5 star vegas casino for under $100 a night.
     
  20. heatherlovesvegas

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    I love it, but yes, not for Vegas. I've stayed in plenty of random cities at tons of random Holiday Inn's and Marriott's (and similar) and those are great, it's usually at least 1/2 off, but since you aren't looking for that in Vegas it's a pain. I'd only resort to it, if the rates are REALLY high that weekend. Or if maybe it's just me, or a 1 nighter and we don't really care where we stay. Because with al the sales and promo codes, you really are getting the rock bottom rate. I've paid $25 for Monte Carlo, $10 for Flamingo without having to bid.

    General Priceline comment: I will say out of all the years of using Priceline I've never had a bum hotel that wasn't appropriate for the star level. Also I likely would never be able to travel if I had to pay retail rates for all my hotels.

    Stay 5 star if you are going to try it, and factor in the resort fee.

    The Trump is fantastic, if you wanna check it out, definitely get it on Priceline or Hotwire. Both times we did the $20 tip and got a 1 bedroom corner suite. (they have a ton of 1 bedrooms so it's pretty easy to come by)

    I don't remember, it's actually pretty nice! It's been a couple of years, but they have the nice Westin dream beds and dream showers, and they do have a small casino. It's great.. for a Westin. Just not generally what I'm looking for in Vegas.
     
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