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Old 09-17-2017, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Columbia, MD
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Unless you are a poor college student or really strapped for cash, Priceline Name Your Own Price option is pure garbage. Every-time I "win" a bid it ends up being a dump, and I don't say that very often. The hotels are often 1-2 stars below what the site advertises. The hotels more often than not have lackluster reviews and many are 20-30 years past their prime. Some hotels are so decrepit, they should pay people to stay there. I have also at times said "screw it" and re-booked at a different hotel even if that means I'm out 50,60,70 bucks.
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Old 09-17-2017, 01:04 PM
 
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If you've had unsatisfactory results, why do you keep doing it?
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Old 09-17-2017, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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This is nothing new. I'm surprised they are still in business!
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Old 09-17-2017, 01:30 PM
 
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I've never had a bad experience. I only bid on 4 star hotels and above in major cities. It's usually a Westin or Marriott, sometimes a W (not my fave but okay$. I use the betterbidding site to help determine which one I'll end up with at a certain price point.

Which hotels were so bad you had to leave? What was their star rating?
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Old 09-18-2017, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Toronto
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Unless you are a poor college student or really strapped for cash, Priceline Name Your Own Price option is pure garbage. Every-time I "win" a bid it ends up being a dump, and I don't say that very often. The hotels are often 1-2 stars below what the site advertises. The hotels more often than not have lackluster reviews and many are 20-30 years past their prime. Some hotels are so decrepit, they should pay people to stay there. I have also at times said "screw it" and re-booked at a different hotel even if that means I'm out 50,60,70 bucks.
I agree. I think it is nonsense. It is not worth staying at dump for save $20 bucks and ruin your vacation.
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Old 09-18-2017, 11:14 AM
 
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You just don't know how to game their system. I book 4 star hotels using Name Your Own Price occasionally. It takes multiple web browsers. Multiple credit cards. Adding neighborhoods that don't have 4 star hotels as you gradually increase your price. For example, there are 2 four star hotels at Boston/Logan Airport. The Hilton which you never get and the Hyatt. Boston has a dozen neighborhoods that don't have any four star hotels. You add a neighborhood and bump the price a bit. Eventually, it stops letting you do it and you have to use a different login on a different browser and different credit card. Sometimes, the cheap price isn't available at all but I can usually get a $250 room for less than half price.

If you're letting it pick random 1 star pay-by-the-hour hotels, good luck to you. There are enough filters that you can prevent that from happening.
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Old 09-18-2017, 11:57 AM
 
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There's a website or two out there that literally lists all the hotels under the Name Your Price thing, so it gives you a great idea of what you're bidding on in that particular area.
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Old 09-18-2017, 12:00 PM
 
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I agree. I think it is nonsense. It is not worth staying at dump for save $20 bucks and ruin your vacation.
Which star level did you bid on?
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Old 09-18-2017, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Tulsa
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You just don't know how to game their system. I book 4 star hotels using Name Your Own Price occasionally. It takes multiple web browsers. Multiple credit cards. Adding neighborhoods that don't have 4 star hotels as you gradually increase your price. For example, there are 2 four star hotels at Boston/Logan Airport. The Hilton which you never get and the Hyatt. Boston has a dozen neighborhoods that don't have any four star hotels. You add a neighborhood and bump the price a bit. Eventually, it stops letting you do it and you have to use a different login on a different browser and different credit card. Sometimes, the cheap price isn't available at all but I can usually get a $250 room for less than half price.

If you're letting it pick random 1 star pay-by-the-hour hotels, good luck to you. There are enough filters that you can prevent that from happening.
Exactly.

I've been using it for ten years. Normally, I already knew which hotel(s) I would get before bidding. There aren't too many four star hotels in one neighborhood. Occasionally, there's a really awful four star hotel in a certain neighborhood, I just avoid bidding the neighborhood altogether.
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Old 09-19-2017, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Fort Payne Alabama
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Well folks, bottom line is, "You get what you pay for"!
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