We accessed Priceline through the BFT link.
This Saturday April 28, 2017, we needed one room for two nights, for some friends who were attending a wedding.
There was an Express Deal for a 3 star hotel in the Knoxville West zone, for $77.00 per night. The Express Deal had a Priceline customer rating of 8 plus out of 10, free internet and free parking. Using this information, we were able to determine this was the Holiday Inn, which has a customer rating of 8.1.
The Holiday Inn website lowest rate was $104.81 per night. Priceline's retail site was at $111.51. The Priceline retail site said the normal price was $171.00, but was on sale.
All of the other 3 star hotels in this zone had Priceline retail prices of $134.00 or more.
There is now 1 free rebid zone when bidding on a Knoxville West, Three Star hotel.
We first bid $65.00, and were rejected. We then bid $67.00, and were rejected. We then waited 2 hours, bid $70.00, and received a counter offer for $81.00. This was amusing since the Express Deal was only $77.00. We then bid $73.00, and were accepted. Priceline said we saved 25%.
I have been finding that more often than not, we can save approximately $10.00, by bidding instead of just purchasing the Express Deal. However, in areas where there are more than one 3 Star hotels, and some have a much lower Priceline customer rating than the Express Deal, I always take the Express Deal to insure that we get the better rated hotel. In this case, all of the 3 star hotels in the Knoxville West zone had 8* plus out of 10 ratings.
Here, we were only able to save $4.00 off of the Express Deal price through bidding.
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