Originally Posted by Gpaul
Can I bid real low, crap out, then bid again adding $1 each time until it is accepted?
If I bid and win for 1 night (just to ensure, as much as possible I get the Hotel desired), should I call that Hotel and request an extension of stay at that rate, or just bid again and hope for the best?
Before you start bidding on Priceline, you should read the FAQs listed here:http://p070.ezboard.com/fpricelinean...i cID=2.topic
The moderators on the board get very cranky when people ask questions that are already answered there. The FAQs are very thorough and should cover your questions above.
In a nutshell, if you're trying for the Cottonwood Residence Inn, you have two free re-bid areas: Salt Lake North and South Salt Lake. If you're trying for the Sandy Residence Inn, you have two free re-bid zones: Draper and Lehi. Assuming you wanted to stay in Sandy, you would put in your initial bid for a 2 1/2* hotel for say $38. If that got rejected, you can place another bid by adding Draper and raising the price to say $41. This is possible because there is no availability of hotels above 2* in Draper so there will be no risk of landing a room in Draper. If that failed, you can re-bid again by raising the price and adding Lehi.
As far as whether you should bid for one day or for your whole stay, it's all a matter of personal tolerance. In the case of Sandy and Cottonwood, the Residence Inns are the only 2 1/2* hotels that have been reported on the forum, so there's a high degree of likelihood those would be the ones you'd land. However, there are no guarantees. In fact, the properties have to make their inventory available to Priceline before you even have a shot. Priceline tacks on a fee of somewhere around $6 per bid so there's that to consider as well. I do believe Priceline has a feature where you can extend your stay after getting a successful bid, but I've never used the feature and don't know whether you can extend at the exact same price or not.
For the winter for either location, I wouldn't bother bidding below $41 for your initial bid. I plumbed the depths pretty good, and $41 seemed to be the bottom.
For what it's worth, the 4* properties that have been reported on the forum for downtown SLCare all very nice. We stayed at the Downtown Marriott for $45 in the summer and it was very nice. If you were planning on hitting Snowbasin, downtown would be more central for you. Good luck.