Guest Post – How to Save Big on Hotels

I hate wasting money and love saving money and get to do a lot of hotel time.  What is here has save North American Missions quite a bit of money.  This particular guest post comes from a favorite person.  Our oldest son Lane, now needs only 23 more partners at $50 per more month and is then in ATLANTA.  Duluth, GA will be eventually have a strong church.  I’m “sanctified proud” of Lane, Shelley and Wyatt (one of our two “holy children.”)  Lane’s blog is http://www.lanecoon.com/

How To Save Big On Hotels

Lane Coon —  February 6, 2013 — 3 Comments

You can get great deals on hotel rooms consistently, you just have to know where to look. In this post I am going to outline a tool I use for getting the best possible deal on hotel rooms. Whether for one night or for several days at a conference.

Over the last six years our family have been blessed to travel a whole lot. Five years as evangelist and now 8 months as deputizing metro missionaries. For two of those years we owned a fifth wheel in which we lived permenantly on the road.  It was sort of like having a giant suitcase on wheels. Everything we needed was in it.

As time went on this was no longer an option for us. So we sold the fifth wheel, but continued to travel extensively. In the beginning of 2012 it became clear that our travels as fundraising metro missionaries would keep us away from home for long periods of time. We realized that we would have periods of time where it would be better for us to stay in hotels as opposed to traveling sixteen hours home for a few nights and retrace our route back to where we had been.

Hotels can get costly. Very costly, very quickly! But we were determined to not buy another fifth wheel for full time travel, and at the same time not go into debt over staying in decent hotel rooms. The average hotel cost in the U.S. comes in at $150.00 a night, and according to hotels.com in 2011 alone the average went up by 4.3%. We can reasonably expect them to continue to get more expensive.

My hope is that this post will be a help to you in saving money. Let me also add that while this works for me, you may have different results. Also I am not getting any kind of pay from the tool I mention on this post, I am merely writing as a user.

Here is my process for getting a great room on the cheap.  I am getting a room for Friday night Feb. 8th on the west side of Houston Tx.

  1. On a computer with an internet connection open a web browser to biddingtraveler.comScreen Shot 2013-02-05 at 6.21.40 PM
  2. Input the city, and dates for your stay, then click the green just priceline bidding button.
  3. Then input your desired results. In this case, I need to be on the west side of Houston and I don’t want anything less than a 3 star rating.Screen Shot 2013-02-05 at 5.58.47 PM
  4. At the bottom of the page there are two fields. One for the lowest bid, and another for the highest bid you are willing to pay. I went with a low bid of $30 and a high bid of $45.Screen Shot 2013-02-05 at 5.59.23 PM
  5. There are two options for continuing. Automatic bidding on the left or manual bidding on the right. I choose manual bidding. Automatic bidding is a service in which you pay the website a fee for doing the bidding for you.
  6. The next screen that comes up after you input the required information and click continue with manual bidding is the priceline landing page. The bidding traveler page becomes a top page bar that acts as a guide instructing the bidder at each step of the process. Below are screen shots of different steps in the process.Screen Shot 2013-02-05 at 6.04.31 PM

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Priceline works by giving you an opportunity to bid for available rooms, but limits you at one bid per star level, and zone. But with rebids (adding new zones or star levels) you can bid at incremental increases giving you a better chance at winning. My winning bid in which I reserved a room was for the price of $39. Well below retail for a hotel room. Screen Shot 2013-02-05 at 6.13.45 PM

Part of being successful is in doing a little research. For this research I jump over to some travel forums. A quick search on any search engine should deliver forums that cater to bidding travelers. One example is biddingfortravel.com

Try these tools out for getting your next hotel room. Let me know if you have some success or post a link to the tool you use for getting your best rate.

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Update

We stayed in the room that I won through bidding via biddingtraveler.com I snapped some pics with my phone of the room as soon as we checked in so you could see it. This room is pretty much par for the course of what I have been able to get.

Bed @ Four Seasons by Sheraton west of Houston TX

Bed @ Four Seasons by Sheraton west of Houston TX

Room @ Four Seasons by Sheraton west of Houston TX

Room @ Four Seasons by Sheraton west of Houston TX

Bathroom @ Four Seasons by Sheraton west of Houston

Bathroom @ Four Seasons by Sheraton west of Houston

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  3. Really appreciate this page on Hotel pricing. I am wondering if the desk folk tend to resent you when they see the low price you are paying?

    God’s Best be yours,
    JECrouch

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    • There are times when it seems obvious that the staff is a bit disenchanted and on at least one occasion the room amounted to a broom closet. In the latter case the hotels objective was to upgrade you to something better for $30 additional cost. In most instances, the management realizes the room would sit empty if you’d not reserved the room via Priceline or hotwire.

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