Tuesday, July 20, 2010

That fine line of bidding for a hotel room…

Let me just say that Priceline is kind of awesome. Because we’re staying here on Saturday night…!



We’re going to Kansas City this weekend to see the KC Wizards play Manchester United. Husband is a huge soccer fan and a friend of his got us tickets.

But I didn’t want to spend Saturday night at my grandma’s. To be honest, it’s because of the smoke. My step-grandfather smokes – and not just outside and lets it waft in. Nope, he lights up every few hours sitting at the kitchen table.

When I went few weekends ago, I had to wash every.single.thing that I took in to the house. And then febreeze the suitcase. Ick.

So yeah, we’re going to a hotel. But those things are expensive! I remember someone saying that Priceline has a feature where you can name your own price for a pretty sweet hotel.

I picked the area we wanted to stay in and put in a bid for $35 for a 3 star. Surprisingly, it was rejected! The three star hotels in Priceline usually go for over $100. But it was worth a shot, right?

I expanded the area I was ok with and upped the bid by five bucks. And you know what? It was accepted! We’re staying at a Ramada – which, by the way, are really nice!

I called the hotel after it was confirmed and just double-checked that they had us down for a king-size bed. With taxes, it was just over $50 – a perfect way to spend a night away from the craziness of work and law school.

So Priceline is helping me get our mini vacation across the state for not a huge price tag! Yippee!

*I received no compensation for this review. I just think the website is pretty awesome and saves me money.*


  1. I do that all the time! We have stayed in some great places in downtown St. Louis because of that! I rarely pay over $55-60 for the night! I never go lower than a 3 star and I only change the price a little. If I don't get it I try again 24 hours later! Once you learn the tricks it's easier!

  2. That is so crazy awesome!! I've considered doing it, but have been gun shy because of the areas--sometimes they are just too vague or if we landed on the fringe it'd be too far. But you've convinced me I will need to try it out next time we need a room!

  3. I am just catching up on reading blogs right now, and I am so sorry to hear about your Father. I cannot even imagine. I'm so sorry. But your post about your father was absolutely beautiful and it gave me chills.

  4. B - you definitely should try it! I wondered about the areas since I choose one that was kind of outside of where we wanted to stay. It helped me get a good deal, but still. :)

  5. Mrs. D - thanks so much for your note. And thank you for the compliment about my post! It's helped me to write about it and to hear that others have gone through this too. It means a lot that someone thought it was a nice post! Thank you!

  6. I've never used Priceline, but I've heard such good things about it! I hope you have a great mini-vaca with your husband! :)