Pricelining Under The Gun

My husband and I use Priceline all the time, and I always preach the need for a careful bidding strategy. But today there wasn’t much time for that.

We spent Sunday night at the Newark Airport Hilton for $46. (From the airport van, we saw the Days Inn sign for $76 a night.) But wary of the winter weather and cancellation fees, we hadn’t booked a hotel for our first night in Honolulu.

The Ohana Honolulu Airport Hotel looked like it would be $89 a night when we researched a couple of weeks ago. But when we phoned from O’Hare — when the weather looked good in Chicago — Ohana quoted $109 plus tax. Ugh.

Priceline to the rescue. Speed typing into the netbook at O’Hare we snagged the Aqua Palms & Spa for $60 — $75.60 with taxes and fees. Good deal.

(More on Priceline coming soon.)

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