Once you have the travel websites best offers, you must decide whether or not to use the discount travel or bidding websites. These are websites such as Priceline and
Hotwire. The drawback to using these sites is that you do not know the hotel name until after making the purchase, but the benifits are a possible increased savings.
USE THESE SITES ONLY AFTER YOU HAVE RESEARCHED RATES.
Before using these websites, it helps to be able to answer YES to all of these statements:
I want to save between 10-50% on a hotel rate.
I am willing to stay at any hotel in the star level that I specify.
I understand that these rates are NON-REFUNDABLE.
I understand that I may not be able to upgrade my room type.
I understand that I may not be able to receive reward or credit for my stay.
I have researched the lowest rates for the hotel types for my destination.
Use Hotwire's website to find a low price on hotel rates. Most times, you can save between 10-30% off the lowest listed rates. You pick the dates for travel and the star level, and Hotwire will show you the rates, but not the names of the hotels for the NON-REFUNDABLE rates. See website for details.
Use Priceline's Name Your Own Price bidding system to bid on a low price for a NON-REFUNDABLE hotel room. You pick the dates for travel, the star level, and the price BEFORE taxes, and Priceline will check for a hotel to accept your offer. If your bid is accepted, you can save between 10-50% off the lowest listed rates. See website for details.
HINT: Do NOT bid unless you are ready to make the purchase. Typically, Priceline will beat the low Hotwire price by 5-10%.