For Spring Break last year my friend and I went to Cancun, Mexico. She suggested that we use Priceline Express Deals to book our hotel because she knew we could save up to 60 percent that way, the only catch was that we wouldn’t know the hotel until AFTER we paid. I was so skeptical about it because I kept thinking what if they put us in some dump hotel. I know I’m not the only one who felt this way. Fortunately, we ended up in a super nice 5 star hotel on the beach with ocean view rooms all for less than $100 a night.
I mentioned this a few months ago when I was on the Heather Lindsey show, a great way to find cheap hotels and save on accomodations when traveling is to use priceline express deals. What’s priceline express deals and how does it work? Priceline Express Deals is like a huge group of hotels that are around 60 percent cheaper than the hotels actual site or any other site. You get to see the area the hotel is in, star rating, amenities, and the awesome price before you book the hotel, but you don’t find out the hotel until you book. But, after doing this a few times I discovered a way to find out what hotel you’ll ACTUALLY get with priceline express deals BEFORE you book.
How to find Out the Name of Your Priceline Express Deals Hotel Before You Book
Priceline is a great way to save money. When my friend told me about Express Deals I honestly was against it. The thought of not knowing exactly which hotel we were getting kinda freaked me out. For some destinations this might not be a big deal, but in other cities the differences in hotels can be drastic.
First things first, since we are talking about saving money you DEFINITELY want to use Priceline.com through EBATES. If you’re unfamiliar with EBATES it is a site that provides cash back for things you buy online anyway. (As you can see below they are currently offering up to 14 percent cash back for Priceline purchases) So not only are you gonna save up to 60 percent on your hotel but you are also going to get up to 14 percent cash back! Before I book any trips online or purchase anything online I always go to EBATES.com first to see how much cash back I can get by using Ebates. Sign up here for a $10 welcome bonus!
1.Select location and dates you’ll be traveling.
I’m searching Rome, Italy because it’s the next place I’ll be traveling to. Once the results are displayed make sure the box for express deals is checked (it is on the left hand sidebar). You’ll know if the express deals are showing because it’ll look like the picture below.
2. Filter your results & Choose your Express Deal
As you can see in the image above, Priceline Express Deals lets you choose the sea rating, neighborhood, price range, amenities etc. I always select 3 stars to 5 stars for the star rating. In some areas 5 star hotels are just as cheap as 3 and 4 star hotels, so its worth selecting. But make sure you choose what you’re comfortable with. After you specify what you’re looking for be sure to click update results.
Important tip: As I mentioned a little earlier, Priceline will show you the map area of the hotel & list which hotels it’s comparable to. It will also display a number which is either a 7+, 8+, or a 9+. These numbers are the review scores left by previous guests. Only hotels with positive reviews over a 7+ will be displayed. So if you see a hotel with out a 7+, 8+, or 9+ don’t choose those because those are the ones with poor reviews and not recommended.
I selected a 3 star hotel near Vatican City and it is similar to Hyatt, Four Points by Sheraton, DoubleTree, Indigo and Holiday Inn. & it is given an exceptional 9+ star rating. It also has an airport shuttle, fitness center, and restaurant listed under the amenities. I also am paying attention to the fact that it is 20 percent off because thats going to be important in the next step.
3. Find out which hotel you’ll get
Okay now its time for the fun part. So, to do this you will go back to Priceline Hotels in a new tab. Then you will search and filter all your specifics that you saw on the hotel you picked. So for me I’m going to put in 3 star hotel, near Vatican City, 9+ rating, restaurant, fitness center, and airport shuttle (all of this info was given to me under hotel amenities when I selected my hotel in step 2). Below are my search results.
So, for the hotel I selected previously it only brought back 2 options. Yay! This makes it super easy for us. Technically, theres only one option because the other is the express deal we selected. So lets double check to see if it’s right.
Okay, so our Express Deal Hotel was 20 percent off right? Let’s do some quick math to find out if the hotel shown above is right. Or if you hate math you can simply google how much is 20 percent of 106. & google will tell you that it is $21.20. So
106- 21.20= $84.80
So, our math shows us it that it is surely Best Western Hotel Spring House. So now all thats left to do is click on the hotel and make sure I like it then book it!
What did you think? Are you gonna use these tips? Are you more likely to use Priceline Express Deals now that you know how to find out which hotel you’ll get?
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