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Express Deals

ingosgirl
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Joined: 04 Mar 2003, 14:15

16 Jan 2016, 08:25 #1

I will start by saying that I have tried to find this information within this site myself but cannot.  And I was not certain whether I should start a topic or resurrect the most recent topic that had anything to do with Express Deals as that is extremely old.

I haven't used Priceline in a while and am a bit confused about Express Deals.  I can see the purpose of definitely obtaining a reservation at a lesser cost than booking retail.  I believe I understand that it is almost always at a price higher than NYOP.  I also see mention of identifying a hotel if a value of $400 is met.  Is this used just to be certain that it is not an undesired hotel? I know that bidding should be based on the applicable hotel rate for that stay, but how does the 'knowledge' of the available Express Deals play a part in the bidding?   I would think that all applicable knowledge would be useful in the bidding and this new knowledge of an Express Deal rate is more knowledge than one had prior to its existence.  But what is actually gained by the knowledge of the deal?


I do want to do a bid soon and want to be sure I am up to speed prior to doing so.


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pomcoach
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Joined: 14 May 2001, 09:26

16 Jan 2016, 13:03 #2

I'm no expert, but here's how Express Deals help me to make a more educated NYOP bid:  Image

For Example: If I'm interested in getting a 4* hotel in the Sea World area of Orlando and there's usually 2 hotels that come up there.  First I look to see what their Regular rates are.  Next I go see what Express Deals is offering for 4* hotel deals in that area.  If I see an Express Deal for $66, I would next start a Name Your Own Price bid at maybe 50.  I certainly would never bid over $66.  The Express Deal just gives me a clue as to start lower than the amount they're offering on Express.  I believe maybe I've heard that you can usually save 10% off the Express Deal by doing your own NYOP bid, but of course you never know.  If I have a good number of Free Rebids, I start quite a bit lower than the Express Deal amount and work my way up.

And of course I always start my search by clicking on the hotel keys at the top of this screen.  It's an easy link and it helps us keep this site going.  Image
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tilepusher
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Joined: 25 Apr 2007, 01:11

16 Jan 2016, 20:08 #3

That's a lot of questions. I try my best to answer them.

In terms of bidding, Express Deals gives you an upper limit for how much you'll need to bid in order to be assured of acceptance. In other words, you know something will be available through NYOP that's the same rate as the Express Deal or less (pretty much always less). That can help you set a limit for your bidding when planning your strategy.

If you do use the Express Deals as a guide for your bidding, there are some things you need to keep in mind:

1. The Express Deal is not always for the hotel offering the lowest rate through NYOP. This is particularly true if a hotel has a significantly lower retail rate than other hotels of the same zone and star level, which is why it's important to check retail rates as well.

2. Different Express Deals can appear for the same zone and star level on different browsers. I recommend that you experiment with different browsers; I find that Opera gives the best results for me.

3. Price and availability of Express Deals can change at any time, and it takes some time for these changes to be reflected in the initial search results. So make sure you click through to the details of any Express Deal you're interested in to make sure you have the most up-to-date information on the Deal.

Although Express Deal rates for a hotel are pretty much always higher than Name Your Own Price for the same hotel, sometimes there are good reasons for purchasing the Express Deal. Express Deals are usually not that hard to identify; if you're looking for a particular hotel, or trying to avoid one, it may be prudent to take the Express Deal rather than taking the risk of receiving an undesirable hotel through NYOP. In certain cases, it can help you avoid an unwanted "upgrade" than might occur if you bid.

The $400 minimum for identifying Express Deals was set by Sheryl. She felt that too many people were abusing the service (i.e. they weren't really serious about purchasing the Express Deal; also, we would get a lot of inquiries from first-time posters who were then never heard from again), hence the restrictions.
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Sheryl
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Joined: 16 Jan 2000, 16:19

16 Jan 2016, 20:29 #4

Please place all of your Priceline bids through our Priceline link.
Please check rates at Hotwire and make your bookings through our Hotwire link.
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ingosgirl
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Joined: 04 Mar 2003, 14:15

17 Jan 2016, 22:42 #5

Thank you tilepusher and pomcoach. Sheryl, as mentioned in original post, I had already read that (and all else I could find with 'search' on this website.
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Relayer
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Joined: 14 Aug 2005, 12:45

28 Feb 2016, 16:48 #6

In the past couple weeks I have noticed a new feature on Express Deals. I have not seen this mentioned.

Since I've booked many rooms in Philly over the years using NYOP, I now see "Hint: You've booked here before" listed under the hotel area when looking for Philly hotels. Those hotels I recognize include the Marroitt in Center City East, Le Meridien in Rittenhouse Square and Sheraton Four Points at the airport.

In one case it shows the exact name of the hotel. For this listing I see "Sofitel Philadelphia, Want to book again?".

The same holds true for the Allentown-Bethlehem area. Hyatt Place Bethlehem is identified by name, plus I see two other hotels that mention, " Hint: You've booked here before (Allentown Renaissance and Staybridge Suites ABE Airport).

Granted, like tilepusher mentioned, it's not difficult to identify hotels on Express Deals. This new feature just makes it that much easier.
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Sheryl
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Joined: 16 Jan 2000, 16:19

28 Feb 2016, 20:39 #7

This has been reported. I have also checked it out myself. There are so few of them but they may be helpful to some.
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Relayer
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Joined: 14 Aug 2005, 12:45

01 Feb 2017, 02:09 #8

I've been browsing room options for a possible weekend trip to Baltimore on 2/18-2/20. The current 4* Express Deal for the Inner Harbor is $117. However, on the Priceline Mobile App the Renaissance is available for $85 on the retail page. They call it a "mobile exclusive". Don't think I've ever seen a hotel on the retail page better the Express Deal by $32.
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