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Points Not Your Thing? Try Priceline’s ‘Name Your Own Price’ Tool

Maybe points and miles just aren’t your thing. Maybe you just care about getting a good deal on a hotel. You probably check 3rd party websites like Expedia, Orbitz and Priceline to find the best prices on hotels. Well in mostly every instance, booking directly with the hotel’s website will usually prompt the best rate. The one major exception is when you use Priceline’s ‘Name Your Own Price’ tool to bid on a hotel room.

With Priceline’s Name Your Own Price® tool, you can potentially save huge on your travel arrangements by dictating how much you’re willing to pay. If you’ve never used it, here’s how it works:

  • Select the dates and general area of the city you’re visiting
  • Choose a hotel star level
  • Enter in how much you’re willing to pay per night and submit bid

Note: You won’t find out specifically what hotel you’re staying at unless you win the bid, but most of them come from national hotel chains. If your bid is accepted, congratulations! If it’s not, go back and bid again on a hotel with a different star rating, change the general area of the city you’re visiting or wait 24 hours and try again.

Who is Priceline’s Name Your Own Price® tool perfect for?

If you know where you want to stay in a city, know the minimum star quality you’re willing to accept and don’t care about getting a particular hotel chain, then bidding with this tool is for you.

My sister is headed to Orlando this week and she needed a place to stay for 1 night. She utilized the Name Your Own Price® tool and was able to snag a 3.5 star Radisson in Celebration (only 5 miles from Disney) for $50!

Add taxes and resort fee (that most hotels in Orlando impose) and she’s paying $78 total for a 3.5 star hotel in Orlando. That’s 2 star prices for a 3.5 star hotel! Still a very, very good deal.

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3.5 Star Hotel at 2 Star Price!

3.5 Star Hotel at 2 Star Price!

 

Conclusion:

If you’re simply looking for a great hotel at a low price and don’t care about hotel brand or accruing points for your stay, then try Priceline’s Name Your Own Price® tool.

 

 

Have you ever used Priceline’e Name Your Own Price® tool? If so, what has your experience been?

 

 

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