Do you use Hotwire?

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

In the hotel industry if you are interested in a hotel, call them directly. They lose money when they have a middleman and will often offer better deals than any third party site.

That being said I hate the idea of an “unknown” hotel, I am too picky about things like location and names. I would be weary of doing this for a honeymoon especially if it does not have thumbs up or whatever.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@engleman10513:  I use hotwire deals all the time but I won’t book it if it doesn’t have recommendations of at least 70%.  Have you checked on betterbidding.com to see what hotel you will likely get?  It’s not guaranteed but it is usually pretty accurate for larger cities.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@theshannondee:  I have never booked same day, but in my experience, they absolutely NEVER have better deals than websites.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@StephieBee:  I actually called one hotel and asked them if they would match the deal I was offered on Hotwire and they refused.  I ended up paying $60 for a $300 per night hotel room on the beach in Hilton Head Island a week before their summer season kicked off and the hotel was completely empty.

I used to book at two specific hotel chains but even though I had a history of booking with them for years when the online deals became hot the chains refused to give me better deals than I was finding on Expedia, Hotwire, and Priceline so they lost my loyalty.  And I actually stay in much nicer hotels than what I was booking as a loyal customer.  For example, instead of staying at the local Best Western (which is nice but nothing opulent), now I regularly stay at the Sheraton or Westin resort.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@engleman10513:  I use hotwire, but I have only used for 4*** and up- or car rental.  If you do your research, you might be able to figure out which hotel it is.  I did that in Albuquerque, and I got the exact hotel I wanted- for a REALLY good price.

Another option would be to use Expedia- there are options to still get a discount (but not as steep)- and be able to see what hotel you are staying at.  I’ve used that for a car before- I got to pick who I was renting through and it was still a really good deal.

I just know they do it for hotel, too, because I have looked at it.

I don’t know if it’s easy to call a hotel directly and ask to give a better discount on hotwire- because you don’t know the name of the hotel- so you can’t easily ask for “better”- 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I’ve never used it but I would be SO anxious not being able to look up reviews. Do you lock it in once you buy? If you hate the hotel what happens, nothing? I just don’t know that I could do it.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@soontobemrsm11:  Hotwire shows the percentage of positive recommendations from Tripadvisor for some hotels before you book.  Plus, bookingbuddy.com is a site where bidders post their winnings so you have an idea of what you will likely get for your bid.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@beachbride1216:  I’ll have to try it one time and see what happens. As long as it was a GREAT deal and we were like only doing one day, I guess it would probably be worth the risk. I’m not risky though, I haven’t even tried restaurants.com because I’ve heard of people having problems using the certificates haha

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Savannah, GA

I swear by Hotwire.  We always end up staying in $200+ hotels for less than $100.  I have never been disappointed by the hotel and usually am shocked to find out the mystery hotel was one wayyy outside our price range. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@StephieBee:  I have never booked day of, always in advance and they have always beat any online deal… YMMV of course!

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have not used Hotwire, but a colleague of mine did and ended up getting bumped out of his hotel a day before he was set to arrive for a 4 night business trip– in a major city for a huge trade show, where everything else was already booked. It was a disaster. They even sent email confirmations, and then, just kidding…

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Never again after the way they treated us. 

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