Would you “take a risk” to get a better travel price?

posted 2 years ago in Travel
  • poll: Would you take the risk?
    Yes! I have done it and i would do it again! : (6 votes)
    38 %
    I haven't yet, but I totally would! : (1 votes)
    6 %
    Hell no : (6 votes)
    38 %
    Depends on the location/ how good of a discount it is : (3 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 2
    894 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    If you do your research, you can get very good deals.  DH and I did this when he was interviewing and we’d have a week’s notice to fly out to some city we’d never been before. 

    What’s worked for us is pulling up both hotels.com and hotwire.com at the same time.  Narrow down hotwire til you find something good, and take a close look at what the “original” price is, where (approximately) the hotel is located, number of stars, guest rating, etc.  Then, go to hotels.com, do a location search looking in the location of your hotwire hotel, and you should find one that matches the hotwire original price within a few dollars, same guest rating, number of stars, etc.  We’ve been able to guess within one or two hotels which one we’d get, so it wasn’t really a big risk. 

    So, would I go blindly onto hotwire?  No haha.  But if you can figure out what place it’s giving you, it works really well.

    Post # 3
    2725 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We did it, but I knew exactly which hotel it would be, as it said “here the four hotels it COULD be”, and only one of those chains had a hotel in that area, lol.

    If you’d be willing to stay at any of the four, and it’s a good savings I don’t see why not…

    For me it would also depend ont he occasion, Ours was that we needed a place to crash downtown on NYE, and weren’t too fussed on where it would be, and it was a 4 star, so we were ok with that. I probably wouldn’t risk it for, say, my honeymoon, or a weeklong vacay.

    Post # 4
    2580 posts
    Sugar bee

    If it was a trip that wasn’t super special yes I would. We did a trip to Cancun and I picked our trip based on price and it worked out, but honestly for the price I would have been happy either way.


    If it was a honeymoon or other occasion no I wouldn’t since I would be upset if it wasn’t up to my expectations.

    Post # 5
    2070 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

    I’ve done it once, and it worked out great.

    Back when we were dating, DH and I planned a trip to New York for New Year’s. We booked a private room in a youth hostel to save money. But when we checked in at the hostel, they had messed up our reservation, and they only had one night reserved for us! That left us scrambling to find last-minute accomodations in NY, for New Year’s – which is a nightmare.

    I used Expedia or Priceline (sorry, I can’t remember which one!) to do a name-your-own-price deal, where we offered $150/night on hotels that were 3 stars and higher. We ended up with a room overlooking Central Park in a great neighborhood, and it was one of my favorite hotels we’ve ever stayed at.

    I mean… I personally think that if you select a high-enough level of hotel (3 or 4 stars minimum) your experience can’t be *that* bad. You can also check out the amenities and compare them to amenities of hotels in the area, to narrow down which hotels the “surprise hotel” could be.

    Post # 7
    6964 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    My brother and his wife did this for their honeymoon, and their room had no window, lol.

    If it’s a really nice vacation, I personally wouldn’t do it. If it’s like…staying a weekend somewhere and you’re barely going to use the room, then go for it. That’s how I feel about it anyway.

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