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Best Website For Booking Hotel - 2nd Party?

Discussion in 'Las Vegas for the Frugal (not Cheap)' started by DonnyC, May 8, 2017.

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  1. DonnyC

    DonnyC VIP Whale

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    Hey all,

    Just wondering where you've found good deals from second hand sites?

    When I log into the Total Rewards site, I'm not getting much of a discount as I never went in the last (almost) 24 months.
     
  2. 93 Octane

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    I'm a hotwire kind of guy. Right now SLS is 57 weekdays and Westgate 35 weekdays... scored the Linq for 34 a few weeks ago...ymmv
     
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  3. makikiboy

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    I'm partial to booking.com but mostly because they don't require you to pay for your stay upfront (other than the first night). Hotels.com , vegas.com, orbitz, etc. and some other sites require you to pay for your hotel stay upfront so if you cancel they also have to reimburse you at some later date. Usually not too long though so not much of a problem but it may be a problem while waiting for you to get the refund (means that your money is tied up until they reimburse your cc company).

    many of these sites also do a price matching, if you find a lower price, just call them up and they will verify and give you the lower price and reimburse you if you already paid for your stay. Hotels.com gives you a discount if you stay over 10 nights at hotels you booked through them. They give you a free night the next time you book (lowest rates though).

    I usually get on kayak.com to check out the prices. Kayak will then send me to the sites where the prices are and I can book through them. I don't like trivago because they don't have car or air prices and I rather just go to one site for everything. IMHO, their search engines are similar so why go trivago when Kayak handles all of my vacation needs.

    I regularly check kayak for my stay because the prices can change daily. Then I go to the hotel web site to see if their rates are the same and cancel and rebook if I find lower rates somewhere.
     
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    Goseek is pretty good.
     
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    If it's a casino they usually tell you what the last customer received when buying that particular ad. Click and scroll down, most times if it's only a hotel--with no casino-- they don't reveal the property.. don't ask me why I don't know... palazzo ran a fire sale about 6 weeks ago for a day or two,, $112 +/- $5 iirc. Have seen vdara for $99, def can pay off if one can watch the site for a few weeks as they have hellacious deals from time to time
     
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    Hotwire is the go to. Amazing deals.
     
  8. DonnyC

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    I'll I'm seeing are titles such as "4-Start Casino Hotel" in such and such an area. (The star number and area varies, but it only describes them as "Hotel Casino" with no mention of a particular one.
     
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    I have searched other sites but always book direct because I've never seen any site as cheap as the hotel's website.

    Do I search incorrectly?
     
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    The 4 star boutique casino center strip is Linq

    The casino hotel by golf course is Westgate

    The 4 star casino north strip is SLS

    Click the description and scroll down it tells you the property or you can figure it out by amount of resort fee
     
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  11. DonnyC

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    Thanks for you patience, I now understand.
     
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    betterbidding.com is a good resource for figuring out what the hotel actually is.

    Also, often at Priceline on their express deals they use the real room names (like monaco suite or whatever) so you can google those names to find the hotel.
     
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    Big fan of BetterBidding and Priceline Express. Sometimes the resort fee can help ID the property. If I have some time, I will use the PL Express rate to base my bidding to shave a couple bucks off the final price. If my dates are close, I will also use Hotel Tonight since they will name the property.
     
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    So with Hotwire, as it shows you what the previous person received...is it always the same property?
     
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    no
     
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    Agree on this. Instead of bidding, I click through RetailMeNot's Priceline link, knocks 5% off my final bill which usually isn't terribly much. (I go when rooms are cheap and always stay downtown)
    I run dates through Kayak to start, then Priceline to see what Express deals are there. After you book an express deal through your Priceline account it will reveal the hotel on future searches/trips.
    I double check Hotwire and then one last check if Orbitz has a good % off coupon. With this method I haven't been burnt by a lower price some where and have usually paid rock bottom for rooms. Upcoming one at California ran me $105 for two nights (Sun/Mond w/tax) one in August for 3 nights (W/TH/F) at MSS for $162. Love Vegas deals!!!
     
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    For last minute trips, I use Travelocity and have gotten good deals for airfare and hotel. Very often much less expensive than airfare alone. ...and I know which hotel I'm getting. Booking after midnight for a same-day trip is often cheap.
     
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    for Vegas, I like Vegas.com it's a good starting point, but as always, it pays to shop around.
    at least that is what Smokey's mom said.
     
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    No. Even if the last 20 people got the same hotel...no promise the next will be the same.

    If they are not telling you the name of the hotel, anything can happen. Using the sites mentioned will help you narrow it down, and sometimes be 100% accurate. But, due to the nature of the process, stuff happens.
     
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    Try Agoda or Trivago. along with the others mentioned.

    Trivago will tell you what site to go to for the lowest rate.

    Got a $31 rate that I could cancel( no cc info./or first night desposit either) at the Orleans in August on Agoda. Orleans website was showing $42 a night for Ruby.

    I'm keeping this one in my back pocket just in case the rate through the Orleans doesn't come down.

    Only down side is that the nights booked not directly through the casino are not getting comped on the backend. So there is that to consider.
     
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