Fans of Priceline have likely used BiddingforTravel.com or Betterbidding.com to research their bids prior to trying to see if they can score a 4-star hotel in Chicago for $78. (If you haven’t used them, they’re essentially forums – fora? – where people post the bids they’ve made and whether they’ve won. How do they differ? Biddingfortravel is run by a person with a personality that may be considered by some to be, um, grating. Betterbidding is run by someone who went to my alma mater.)
In any case, you have to do a pretty good amount of scrolling through various message boards to figure out how much you should be bidding for a given city. The information is there, but it’s sort of kickin’ it 1997 style (if I may speak like I did when I was 20).
Now, there’s a better way: BiddingTraveler.com has created a far more user-friendly experience while still showing you the best price to bid (including bidding strategies) for a given hotel.
Simply enter the city you want to visit and the dates. You then view hotels available in that city divided up by Priceline zone & number of stars, recent winning bids, retail prices, and hotel photos & details.
Once you know the hotels available in your zone, you can choose to have BiddingTraveler.com help you bid by entering the most you’re willing to pay for a room in each part of the city, as well as the # of stars that you’d like. The site then connects you to Priceline and walks you through how to bid using a bidding strategy they’ve put together.
Or, if Priceline confuses you, they have an auto-bid tool (it only works in Internet Explorer) that will do all of the bidding for you once you set a ceiling for your bid.
Is it revolutionary? No. Is it a really nice improvement over BiddingforTravel? Absolutely. Plus, for non-expert Priceline users, the autobid feature is quite useful.