4* Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa 4/14 - 4/16 $115

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4* Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa 4/14 - 4/16 $115

snowcarv
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Joined: 17 Nov 2006, 15:11

26 Mar 2014, 19:24 #1

Am I losing my touch, this is the second bid in 24 hours that was won on the first try, which makes me wonder if I overbid again. There's really only one free rebid for Vail, and I won't have time to bid the next week or so, and Marriott's non-refundable rate was $199, so not a bad deal (Express was $148 less 5%, so this is quite a bit better than that).

Anyway, this is a nice hotel, stayed once at about $250/nt before, certainly comparable to the Lodge at Vail and the Cascade, both of which I've won on PL before.

Bid thru BFT link.
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Sheryl
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Joined: 16 Jan 2000, 16:19

26 Mar 2014, 20:19 #2

Thank you for placing your bid through our link to Priceline. I think you did just fine.
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tilepusher
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26 Mar 2014, 22:07 #3

The Express Deal for this hotel was $107, so this was an overbid. Many hotels available through Name Your Own Price don't appear in initial searches for Express Deals. Some of these "hidden" deals appear in the Express Deal options that you receive after a rejected bid, but there are other hotels that seem to be available only through NYOP, and never come up as Express Deals.
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snowcarv
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27 Mar 2014, 00:30 #4

Interesting, because that $107 was definitely not showing on the Express Deals before bidding. I'm certainly glad I didn't bid any higher based on the then-visible 4*. Did you do a super-low test bid to get the rejected bid Express offer? 

Something for me to watch out for, I guess, but then you only see this hidden deal if your first bid is rejected? Kinda frustrating that PL is playing games on the Express side.

One thing I have noticed, particularly with Vail, is that the first time you visit the Express Deals, one or more hotels isn't listed. If you search again, it often pops up - generally it's been the 4* category.
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Sheryl
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27 Mar 2014, 00:38 #5

snowcarv wrote:
Kinda frustrating that PL is playing games on the Express side.
It's not the only thing Priceline plays games with which is more than frustrating.  It's unethical in my opinion.  What comes to mind is their low bid warning when the bid isn't low and an acceptable amount.  We've had numerous reports of this.

Anyway, posting as you did with the specifics and tilepusher's response, really helps.
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tilepusher
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27 Mar 2014, 17:49 #6

Express Deals are a convenience product for people who don't want to put in the time and effort to bid; it's not designed to broadcast the best deals available at any given time, or pinpoint how much you should bid for them. It's likely that the hotels have a fair amount of input in determining if and when they appear as Express Deals (a disproportionate number of "hidden" Express Deals are for Marriott properties). In this case, the $107 Express Deal did not initially appear for me either; I found it by submitting a $40 bid for a 4.5* hotel in Vail and checking the Express Deal options from the rejection page. But, as I mentioned earlier, this doesn't always work -- there are some hotels that simply don't appear as Express Deals. Looking at the Express Deals is a useful bidding tool, but not a substitute for research.

I find that the Priceline's low bid warning is fairly accurate, though obviously not infallible. There have been a number of reports of accepted bids despite the warning, but it's a very low percentage of all the reports we receive.
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Sheryl
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27 Mar 2014, 19:08 #7

Perfect example of a true opaque product even though it's frustrating with the deception. Bottom line is Priceline will always be the best deal available and Priceline does deserve to make a profit.
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