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Hotwire and Priceline 
Chicago Seminars 2014 
Stefan Krasowski 
Rapid Travel Chai
Itinerary 
Hotwire 
Priceline 
I hope you aren’t expecting something else  
©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
What is Your Priority? 
Hotels? 
Rental cars? 
Flights? 
Vacation packages? 
©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
My Hotwire and Priceline Experience 
My travel is 75% international 
Rented cars weekly for 2 years of NY-Atlanta commute ...
Why Hotwire and Priceline 
©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
What are Hotwire and Priceline? 
Tools to potentially save on travel costs by giving up 
certainty, flexibility, status, a...
The Hotwire and Priceline Tradeoff 
Why to Not Use: 
No changes, no refunds* 
Unpleasant surprises* 
No elite status recog...
Rental Car Tradeoff Hypothetical 
When to not save $10: 
Orlando, FL car rental 
Spring break 
Huge lines at counter 
Eye-...
Need to Know 
©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
Why No Deals? 
Not every market or trip will have opaque offers 
©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
Hotel Star Ratings 
Star ratings are subjective and generous by ½ to 1 star 
You have limited recourse 
Stick to 3-star an...
Getting the Room You Want 
Room type – call hotel after booking if you want a king bed 
Better room – call hotel with self...
The ‘gomike’ slide 
gomike on FlyerTalk – Priceline, timeshare hacks & more 
Contact hotel programs to add your number to ...
Fees 
Hotwire Hot Rate and Priceline Name Your Own Price™ rates 
often loaded with fees 
Do not compare per day rates 
Do ...
Resort Fees 
Watch out in frequent offender markets like Las Vegas 
“This hotel charges a resort fee of about $25.00 per r...
Car Credit Card CDW 
Important!!! 
To use credit card CDW entire rental must be on same card 
Use same card at Hotwire/Pri...
Hotwire 
©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
Hotwire 
Opaque ‘Hot Rate’ no-bid offers + transparent offers 
©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
Hotwire – Transparent Offers 
Similar to other travel sites, let’s skip to opaque Hot Rates 
©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights...
Hotwire Hot Rates – Flights 
New York – Los Angeles example 
©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved 
Hot Rate
Hotwire Hot Rates – Flights 
New York – Los Angeles example: 
6 am – 10 pm departure window 
Up to 1 connection 
Up to 3 h...
Hotwire Hot Rates – Cars 
©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
Hotwire Hot Rates – Cars 
Rates often not as good as flexible reservation portals 
(BJ’s, Costco, Capital One, Chase, etc....
Hotwire Hot Rates – Cars 
Pick-up up to 24 hours late – book Sun night, pick-up Mon 
(call agency to hold a car on peak ti...
Hotwire Hot Rates – Cars 
Always unlimited miles (important for international) 
30-minute grace period on returns 
Extensi...
Hotwire Hot Rates – Hotels 
Princeton, NJ example: 
©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
Hotwire Hot Rates – Hotels 
How to identify the hotel? 
Amenities & 
TripAdvisor rating 
provide clues 
©Stefan Krasowski,...
Check the Forums – Better Bidding 
Doubletree is only reported 3.5 star 
Amenities match 
Look for distinctive amenities (...
Other Forums 
As with all forums, there is LOTS of drama 
©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
Check TripAdvisor 
TripAdvisor lists 7 4-star traveler rating hotels available 
Only 2 are 3.5-star chain hotels – Doublet...
Hotwire Hot Rates – Hotels 
Best guess is Doubletree, possibly Marriott 
Either will work, go for it, or try Priceline… 
©...
Hotwire – Vacations/Packages 
Hotel packages are transparent, choose each component 
Except Hot Rate flight + car – no ext...
Hotwire – Hotwire Express 
Invitation only program ≈ $1k annual spend 
Claims to have better service, case-by-case support...
Hotwire – Low Price Guarantee 
48-hour guarantee for identical booking 
Hotwire refunds the difference 
©Stefan Krasowski,...
Hotwire – Cancellation/Refund 
Air & Hotel: 
No official exceptions – consider trip insurance 
Car: 
Flight delay exceptio...
Hotwire – Cashback 
Discover – 5% on car, hotel and packages (not flights) 
Chase – 2x 
Others come and go 
©Stefan Krasow...
Hotwire Questions? 
©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
Priceline 
©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
Priceline – Transparent Offers 
Similar to other travel sites, let’s skip to Name Your Own Price® 
©Stefan Krasowski, All ...
Priceline Name Your Own Price® – Flights 
Similar terms to Hotwire: 
6 am – 10 pm departure window (US), international any...
Priceline Name Your Own Price® – Cars 
©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
Priceline Cars - General 
Rates often 10-30% lower than Hotwire 
Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz, and National only 
My experie...
Priceline Cars – Bidding Strategy 
Example: Wilmington, NC Aug 23-25, midsize car 
Step 1: Get a baseline at Hotwire or ot...
Priceline Cars – Bidding Strategy 
Step 2: Book a flexible backup 
Costco $66.42 
©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
Priceline Cars – Bidding Strategy 
Step 3: Priceline Lowball Test 
Enter a lowball bid and click “Choose” 
©Stefan Krasows...
Priceline Cars – Bidding Strategy 
Step 3 (cont): Lowball triggers “low chance of being accepted” 
If you don’t get this s...
Priceline Cars – Bidding Strategy 
Step 3 (cont): “Previous Page” and step up the bids 
©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Rese...
Priceline Cars – Bidding Strategy 
Step 3 (cont): Priceline Sweetspot when goes to offer page 
You’re not done yet! 
©Stef...
Priceline Cars – Bidding Strategy 
Step 4: Bid around Priceline Sweetspot 
For short, economy rentals, $1-$2 under often w...
Priceline Cars – Re-Bidding 
Same trip wait 24 hours to re-bid 
Can immediately re-bid for different car type (up or down)...
Priceline Re-Bidding Hack 
Enter a low balance Visa/MC/Amex gift card 
Or enter the wrong credit card security code 
©Stef...
Priceline Re-Bidding Hack 
If bid is accepted you get a processing error 
If not accepted, no processing error 
You can en...
Priceline Immediate Re-Bidding 
1. Use browser private window 
2. Don’t log in 
3. Bid with low balance gift card 
4. Repe...
Priceline Name Your Own Price® – On Hold 
Sometimes bids go to pending 
Go to account to check offer status 
If not accept...
Priceline Name Your Own Price® – Hotels 
©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
Priceline Hotels – Where to Use 
Use where the zone is targeted and fits your needs 
Use when you do not need a specific a...
Priceline Hotels – Where to be Careful 
Mumbai is 1 zone – have you ever been in Mumbai traffic? 
©Stefan Krasowski, All R...
Priceline Hotels – Bidding Strategy 
1. Compare market rates 
2. Research Priceline zones 
3. Research winning bids on for...
Priceline Hotels – Bidding Strategy 
Example: Providence, RI 11/1-4 
Step 1: Compare market rates 
©Stefan Krasowski, All ...
Priceline Hotels – Bidding Strategy 
Step 2: Research Priceline zones 
I only want Zone 5 – Providence Downtown 
©Stefan K...
Priceline Hotels – Bidding Strategy 
Step 3: Research winning bids on forums 
Not many recent data points 
©Stefan Krasows...
Priceline Hotels – Bidding Strategy 
Step 4: Prepare bid strategy – identify available stars by zone 
Zone 1: 1-3 star 
Zo...
Priceline Hotels – Bidding Strategy 
Step 4: Prepare bid strategy – target 4-star in Zone 5 
Bid 1: Zone 5, 4-star 
Bid 2:...
Priceline Hotels – Bidding Strategy 
Step 4: Prepare bid strategy – what about 3.5 star? 
Zone 2 has 3.5 star 
I don’t wan...
Priceline Hotels – Bidding Strategy 
Step 5: Go for it 
For each star add zone one by one 
For each new star start new sea...
Or Ditch Strategy and Do The Re-Bid Hack 
1. Use browser private window 
2. Don’t log in 
3. Bid with low balance gift car...
Priceline Hotels – The Bidding Traveler 
The Bidding Traveler does the work for you 
©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserve...
Priceline Hotels – The Bidding Traveler 
Manual mode provides good step-by-step walkthrough 
©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights...
Priceline Hotels – The Bidding Traveler 
Automatic mode takes your credit card and will purchase 
©Stefan Krasowski, All R...
Priceline – Hotel Express Deals™ 
Similar to Hotwire Hot Rates 
Frequent sale offers 
©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserv...
Priceline – Last Minute and Weekend Deals 
©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
Priceline – Hotel Freebies℠ 
Fun way to search – from free nights to spa credits 
©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
Priceline – Vacation Packages & Cruises 
Nothing special, no Name Your Own Price® 
©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
Priceline – Rewards Bonus Cash 
Public and targeted offers appear from time to time 
Cash added to bids, e.g. hotel $75 bi...
Priceline – Low Price Guarantee 
24-hour guarantee for identical booking, refunds difference 
‘Big Deal Guarantee’ for Nam...
Priceline – Cancellation/Refund 
No official exceptions – consider trip insurance 
Possible flight exception for schedule ...
If you think some silly metal credit 
card is a conversation starter… 
©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
…get the Shatner card! 
©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
Priceline Rewards Visa Credit Card 
5x on Priceline bookings 
(except 1x on cruise bookings, non-Name Your Own 
Price® car...
The Credit Card Changing Again? 
New earning structure on website but NOT application 
Barclays grandfathers in old cards ...
Priceline – Cashback 
Mr Rebates – 3% except published flights ($3/ticket) 
TopCashBack – 3% on Name Your Own Price 
Other...
Priceline – Best General Airfare Option? 
Priceline getting good at replicating ITA Matrix fares 
Complex itineraries ofte...
Priceline – Airfare Example 
New York – Moscow: United + Lufthansa + Swiss 
Hipmunk can only price it correctly on Priceli...
Priceline Questions? 
©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
Thank You 
rapidtravelchai.com 
stefan@rapidtravelchai.com 
@rapidtravelchai 
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  1. 1. Hotwire and Priceline Chicago Seminars 2014 Stefan Krasowski Rapid Travel Chai
  2. 2. Itinerary Hotwire Priceline I hope you aren’t expecting something else  ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  3. 3. What is Your Priority? Hotels? Rental cars? Flights? Vacation packages? ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  4. 4. My Hotwire and Priceline Experience My travel is 75% international Rented cars weekly for 2 years of NY-Atlanta commute Many hotel bookings Many rental car bookings No air bookings No vacation package bookings ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  5. 5. Why Hotwire and Priceline ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  6. 6. What are Hotwire and Priceline? Tools to potentially save on travel costs by giving up certainty, flexibility, status, and miles and points ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  7. 7. The Hotwire and Priceline Tradeoff Why to Not Use: No changes, no refunds* Unpleasant surprises* No elite status recognition* No miles and points* Why to Use: Save Money *There are always exceptions and luck ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  8. 8. Rental Car Tradeoff Hypothetical When to not save $10: Orlando, FL car rental Spring break Huge lines at counter Eye-rolling spouse Screaming children When to save $10: Moline, IL car rental Always off-peak No lines No spouse No children ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  9. 9. Need to Know ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  10. 10. Why No Deals? Not every market or trip will have opaque offers ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  11. 11. Hotel Star Ratings Star ratings are subjective and generous by ½ to 1 star You have limited recourse Stick to 3-star and above ‘3-star’ Monte Carlo Inns Toronto Markham My wife has not forgiven me ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  12. 12. Getting the Room You Want Room type – call hotel after booking if you want a king bed Better room – call hotel with self-deprecating sweet talk Non-smoking room – yep, call ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Photo by Ben Tesch, flickr
  13. 13. The ‘gomike’ slide gomike on FlyerTalk – Priceline, timeshare hacks & more Contact hotel programs to add your number to reservation Charge small incidental spend during stay to your room Hyatt: Status often recognized, including Diamond 1k check-in May get elite stay credit Marriott: Status often recognized, including check-in amenity Others: you may get lucky ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Photo by Isabelle Plante, flickr
  14. 14. Fees Hotwire Hot Rate and Priceline Name Your Own Price™ rates often loaded with fees Do not compare per day rates Do compare total price Portland 1 day car: Expedia vs Priceline $18/day = $23 vs $29.34 ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  15. 15. Resort Fees Watch out in frequent offender markets like Las Vegas “This hotel charges a resort fee of about $25.00 per room per night” ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  16. 16. Car Credit Card CDW Important!!! To use credit card CDW entire rental must be on same card Use same card at Hotwire/Priceline purchase AND pick-up ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  17. 17. Hotwire ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  18. 18. Hotwire Opaque ‘Hot Rate’ no-bid offers + transparent offers ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  19. 19. Hotwire – Transparent Offers Similar to other travel sites, let’s skip to opaque Hot Rates ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  20. 20. Hotwire Hot Rates – Flights New York – Los Angeles example ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Hot Rate
  21. 21. Hotwire Hot Rates – Flights New York – Los Angeles example: 6 am – 10 pm departure window Up to 1 connection Up to 3 hour layover No one-ways or multi-city No airline benefits No credit card free checked bag …all to save $40 ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  22. 22. Hotwire Hot Rates – Cars ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  23. 23. Hotwire Hot Rates – Cars Rates often not as good as flexible reservation portals (BJ’s, Costco, Capital One, Chase, etc.) Guaranteed major agency – but includes Dollar/Thrifty No off-airport, no one-way Must be age 25+ Los Angeles weekend Hotwire $57.57 vs Costco $48.12 ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  24. 24. Hotwire Hot Rates – Cars Pick-up up to 24 hours late – book Sun night, pick-up Mon (call agency to hold a car on peak times) Atlanta Sun 10 pm pick-up $63.65 vs Mon 8 am $81.26 ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  25. 25. Hotwire Hot Rates – Cars Always unlimited miles (important for international) 30-minute grace period on returns Extensions at agency rates – can be very expensive All add-ons billed at agency rates (e.g. Dollar/Thrifty huge toll charges) Welcome to Newark from Dollar/Thrifty – tolls $17.49/day ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  26. 26. Hotwire Hot Rates – Hotels Princeton, NJ example: ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  27. 27. Hotwire Hot Rates – Hotels How to identify the hotel? Amenities & TripAdvisor rating provide clues ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  28. 28. Check the Forums – Better Bidding Doubletree is only reported 3.5 star Amenities match Look for distinctive amenities (if any) ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  29. 29. Other Forums As with all forums, there is LOTS of drama ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  30. 30. Check TripAdvisor TripAdvisor lists 7 4-star traveler rating hotels available Only 2 are 3.5-star chain hotels – Doubletree and Marriott Amenities are same so TripAdvisor is inconclusive ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  31. 31. Hotwire Hot Rates – Hotels Best guess is Doubletree, possibly Marriott Either will work, go for it, or try Priceline… ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  32. 32. Hotwire – Vacations/Packages Hotel packages are transparent, choose each component Except Hot Rate flight + car – no extra savings to bundle ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  33. 33. Hotwire – Hotwire Express Invitation only program ≈ $1k annual spend Claims to have better service, case-by-case support Occasional ‘Star Upgrades’ – e.g. pay 3-star hotel, get 4-star ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  34. 34. Hotwire – Low Price Guarantee 48-hour guarantee for identical booking Hotwire refunds the difference ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  35. 35. Hotwire – Cancellation/Refund Air & Hotel: No official exceptions – consider trip insurance Car: Flight delay exception for 24+ hours delay You can always plead your case ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  36. 36. Hotwire – Cashback Discover – 5% on car, hotel and packages (not flights) Chase – 2x Others come and go ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  37. 37. Hotwire Questions? ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  38. 38. Priceline ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  39. 39. Priceline – Transparent Offers Similar to other travel sites, let’s skip to Name Your Own Price® ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  40. 40. Priceline Name Your Own Price® – Flights Similar terms to Hotwire: 6 am – 10 pm departure window (US), international anytime Up to 1 connection Up to 3 hour layover (US), international 75% < 3 hours One-ways but no multi-city No airline benefits No credit card free checked bag ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  41. 41. Priceline Name Your Own Price® – Cars ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  42. 42. Priceline Cars - General Rates often 10-30% lower than Hotwire Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz, and National only My experience is most often Avis Rates not always available – change search parameters No off-airport, no one-way Always unlimited miles (important for international) Extensions and add-ons at agency rates Drivers under 25 allowed for additional fees ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  43. 43. Priceline Cars – Bidding Strategy Example: Wilmington, NC Aug 23-25, midsize car Step 1: Get a baseline at Hotwire or others: Hotwire $17.95/day, $57.84 total ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  44. 44. Priceline Cars – Bidding Strategy Step 2: Book a flexible backup Costco $66.42 ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  45. 45. Priceline Cars – Bidding Strategy Step 3: Priceline Lowball Test Enter a lowball bid and click “Choose” ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  46. 46. Priceline Cars – Bidding Strategy Step 3 (cont): Lowball triggers “low chance of being accepted” If you don’t get this screen, you are starting too high ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  47. 47. Priceline Cars – Bidding Strategy Step 3 (cont): “Previous Page” and step up the bids ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  48. 48. Priceline Cars – Bidding Strategy Step 3 (cont): Priceline Sweetspot when goes to offer page You’re not done yet! ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  49. 49. Priceline Cars – Bidding Strategy Step 4: Bid around Priceline Sweetspot For short, economy rentals, $1-$2 under often works Longer rentals and bigger cars can widen the gap Can be more aggressive depending on lead time Needed car next day so bid $16, final price $54.36 with Hertz ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  50. 50. Priceline Cars – Re-Bidding Same trip wait 24 hours to re-bid Can immediately re-bid for different car type (up or down) Compact may be same price as economy Change return date may allow re-bid (e.g. Tue 6 am, then try Mon 11 pm – you get the car for 24-hour days) I generally find 1-2 weeks out is good time to bid ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  51. 51. Priceline Re-Bidding Hack Enter a low balance Visa/MC/Amex gift card Or enter the wrong credit card security code ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  52. 52. Priceline Re-Bidding Hack If bid is accepted you get a processing error If not accepted, no processing error You can enter correct number or abandon Priceline does not (yet) hold customers to the purchase ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  53. 53. Priceline Immediate Re-Bidding 1. Use browser private window 2. Don’t log in 3. Bid with low balance gift card 4. Repeat in new private browser ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  54. 54. Priceline Name Your Own Price® – On Hold Sometimes bids go to pending Go to account to check offer status If not accepted, start to re-bid with new search ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  55. 55. Priceline Name Your Own Price® – Hotels ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  56. 56. Priceline Hotels – Where to Use Use where the zone is targeted and fits your needs Use when you do not need a specific amenity like a pool Use when transport situation works for you Use when companions are easy-going ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  57. 57. Priceline Hotels – Where to be Careful Mumbai is 1 zone – have you ever been in Mumbai traffic? ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  58. 58. Priceline Hotels – Bidding Strategy 1. Compare market rates 2. Research Priceline zones 3. Research winning bids on forums 4. Prepare bid strategy – write it down! 5. Go for it ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  59. 59. Priceline Hotels – Bidding Strategy Example: Providence, RI 11/1-4 Step 1: Compare market rates ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  60. 60. Priceline Hotels – Bidding Strategy Step 2: Research Priceline zones I only want Zone 5 – Providence Downtown ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  61. 61. Priceline Hotels – Bidding Strategy Step 3: Research winning bids on forums Not many recent data points ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  62. 62. Priceline Hotels – Bidding Strategy Step 4: Prepare bid strategy – identify available stars by zone Zone 1: 1-3 star Zone 2: 1-3.5 star Zone 3: 1-3 star Zone 4: 2-2.5 star Zone 5: 2-4 star ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  63. 63. Priceline Hotels – Bidding Strategy Step 4: Prepare bid strategy – target 4-star in Zone 5 Bid 1: Zone 5, 4-star Bid 2: Add Zone 1, 4-star Wait, what? Zone 1 has no 4-star Priceline let’s you re-bid Only Zone 5 has 4-star hotels 5 zones = 5 bids for 4-star ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  64. 64. Priceline Hotels – Bidding Strategy Step 4: Prepare bid strategy – what about 3.5 star? Zone 2 has 3.5 star I don’t want Zone 2 So can bid 5, then 1, 3, 4 Increase each bid in increments ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  65. 65. Priceline Hotels – Bidding Strategy Step 5: Go for it For each star add zone one by one For each new star start new search to reset zones ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  66. 66. Or Ditch Strategy and Do The Re-Bid Hack 1. Use browser private window 2. Don’t log in 3. Bid with low balance gift card 4. Repeat in new private browser ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  67. 67. Priceline Hotels – The Bidding Traveler The Bidding Traveler does the work for you ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  68. 68. Priceline Hotels – The Bidding Traveler Manual mode provides good step-by-step walkthrough ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  69. 69. Priceline Hotels – The Bidding Traveler Automatic mode takes your credit card and will purchase ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  70. 70. Priceline – Hotel Express Deals™ Similar to Hotwire Hot Rates Frequent sale offers ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  71. 71. Priceline – Last Minute and Weekend Deals ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  72. 72. Priceline – Hotel Freebies℠ Fun way to search – from free nights to spa credits ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  73. 73. Priceline – Vacation Packages & Cruises Nothing special, no Name Your Own Price® ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  74. 74. Priceline – Rewards Bonus Cash Public and targeted offers appear from time to time Cash added to bids, e.g. hotel $75 bid + $5 bonus = $80 bid ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  75. 75. Priceline – Low Price Guarantee 24-hour guarantee for identical booking, refunds difference ‘Big Deal Guarantee’ for Name Your Own Price™ and Vacation Packages: difference + $25 + $50 off next 2-night or longer Vacation Package ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  76. 76. Priceline – Cancellation/Refund No official exceptions – consider trip insurance Possible flight exception for schedule changes You can always plead your case ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  77. 77. If you think some silly metal credit card is a conversation starter… ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  78. 78. …get the Shatner card! ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  79. 79. Priceline Rewards Visa Credit Card 5x on Priceline bookings (except 1x on cruise bookings, non-Name Your Own Price® car reservations, and hotel reservations designated as Pay When You StaySM) 1x everywhere else Old accounts have 2x everywhere else – no current offers 10k sign-up bonus (requires $1k spend) = $100 cash rebate No annual fee Issued by Barclays ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  80. 80. The Credit Card Changing Again? New earning structure on website but NOT application Barclays grandfathers in old cards ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  81. 81. Priceline – Cashback Mr Rebates – 3% except published flights ($3/ticket) TopCashBack – 3% on Name Your Own Price Others come and go ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  82. 82. Priceline – Best General Airfare Option? Priceline getting good at replicating ITA Matrix fares Complex itineraries often need Hipmunk to price in Priceline Receive all airline benefits Priceline Rewards Visa 5x ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  83. 83. Priceline – Airfare Example New York – Moscow: United + Lufthansa + Swiss Hipmunk can only price it correctly on Priceline ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  84. 84. Priceline Questions? ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  85. 85. Thank You rapidtravelchai.com stefan@rapidtravelchai.com @rapidtravelchai ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
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