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Today, Saturday April 22, 2017, we needed one room for one night for some clients for the same night.
The Westin website lowest rate was $189.00 per night. Priceline's retail site was at $209.00.
At approximately 1:00 pm today, Priceline had a Detroit Airport 4 Star Express Deal for today at $84.00. (The Westin Detroit Airport is the only 4 Star Priceline hotel in the Detroit Airport zone).
When I checked again for Express Deals at 4:30 pm, the Detroit Airport 4* Express Deal had increased one dollar to $85.00.
There are now 11 free rebid zones when bidding on a Detroit Airport, Four Star hotel. Using the permutation technique, this gives us pretty much unlimited bids.
We first bid $68.00, and received a counter offer to raise our bid $14.00 to $82.00. We then bid $70.00 and were rejected. We bid $71.00 and $72.00, and were rejected. We then bid $73.00, and were accepted. Priceline said we saved 65%.
I have been finding that more often than not, we can save approximately $10.00, or in this case $12.00, by bidding instead of just purchasing the Express Deal. However, in areas where there are more than one 4 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.
My friends, relatives and clients are usually happier in a 2.5 star hotel with a 9 out of 10 rating, than a 4 star hotel with a 7 out of 10 rating.
The Westin Detroit Airport has an excellent 8.8 out of 10 rating. The Westin website does state that the hotel will be doing some renovations from April to August, 2017.
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4* Westin Detroit Airport Sat 4/22/17-Sun 4/23/17 $73
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