LAS (las vegas air port) 3/13/13 thru 3/19/13 interm/full help with bidding

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LAS (las vegas air port) 3/13/13 thru 3/19/13 interm/full help with bidding

DoubleD
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13 Jan 2013, 17:48 #1

First post here.    I hope you can provide me with a good starting point.  In the past, I've been successful bidding on priceline using the hotwire hot deals as a reference.  In this case, I've had a hard time finding hotdeals that are much of a deal.

I am heading to Las Vegas on 3/13, returning 3/19.  We need a car big enough for 3 average/large suit cases.  I'm thinking this is intermediate or full size (depends which site you go to, some say midsize can handle 3 large pieces of luggage, but I don't want to push it).  Pick up time is 3:30 p.m., return time is 8:30 a.m.

I've checked several sites for their rates.  Here's what I have:
Hertz Full = $334.87 / wk (47.83 daily rate calculated).  I don't think that has all the taxes and fees in it though!  Expedia returns $574.88 for my specific dates (all taxes and fees incl)
National Full = $372.24 ($57.17 daily rate calculated).  I don't think it has all the taxes and fees in it.  Expedia returns $ 528.40 for my specific dates (all taxes and fees incl)
Budget Full = $356.24 ($50.89 daily rate calculated).  I don't know if it has all the taxes and fees in it.  Orbitz returns $366 for my specific dates (all taxes and fees incl)
Avis Full = $325.54 ($46.50 daily rate calculated). I don't know if it has all the taxes and fees in it. Expedia returns $ 382 for my specific dates (all taxes and fees incl)
Alamo Full = $332 ($47.42 daily rate calculated).  I don't know if it has all the taxes and fees in it, but I don't think it does.  Expedia returns $524 for my specific dates (with all taxes and fees incl).
Thrifty Full = $297.89 ($42.55 daily rate calculatd).  I doubt it has all taxes and fees in it.  Expedia returns $439.35 with all taxes and fees included.

I also checked Advantage (cheapest on Expedia besides Fox, which I will NOT use).  Full = $224.57 with all taxes and fees (This is daily rate of $21.19, total of $148.33 plus $76.xx taxes).  Expedia returns $234.90 with all taxes and fees.

Also, today hotwire reports a standard vehicle hotrate at $36.95 / Full size hotrate of $38.95

So, that's where I'm at.  I need to come in under $200 if at all possible.  WAY under would be great!.  Where should I start?  Again, I don't necessarily NEED full size if intermediate or some smaller car will accomodate all of our luggage (wife and 2 kids).  3 large bags (average size suit cases) and a couple cary on bags.

Thanks!
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Sheryl
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13 Jan 2013, 19:23 #2

I would recommend that you bid $16 for a full size.

Please place your Priceline/Hotwire bids/purchases through the link in my signature or by clicking the Priceline/Hotwire banners on the right side of the screen. And please keep Priceline in mind for your conventional travel bookings as well.

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13 Jan 2013, 19:37 #3

I used your link.  I bid $16.  It was too low.    I was thinking $20 might have been better.

What now?
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13 Jan 2013, 20:01 #4

I think $16 is a good bid. You are bidding way too early. Please post current lowest rate availability from one of the majors and Hotwire's rate the first of March. Priceline requires patience.

What does "iterm" in the title mean?

Please continue to bid through our link to Priceline and do not bid through a Priceline email.
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13 Jan 2013, 22:18 #5

"iterm" in title should have been "interm" for intermediate. Typo.

I'm not sure how comfortable I am waiting until just a couple weeks before vacation to bid. I thought I read that it's never too early to bid, especially for busy periods where they might sell out. I don't want to be stuck with no car, or have to pay a fortune for a car because I waited.


Now that' I've already bid, I can't bid again on this same "full" size car, at the same location, for the same period can I?
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13 Jan 2013, 22:26 #6

It's never too early to START bidding when your plans are firm. Since you were rejected today, reserve a cancellable backup. There is absolutely no reason not to wait until later to get a better deal as long as you have a cancellable backup. They will not sell out. That is not a particularly busy time in Las Vegas. Many people wait to bid until the day before pickup or checkin (in the case of hotels).

You can't bid again for 24 hours but that's way too soon to bid again for a rental more than two months from now.

Just keep repeating to yourself "Priceline requires patience."
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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29 Jan 2013, 05:40 #7

Please post an update.
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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