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10% off hotels at Priceline!

All you techies out there will love this coupon code! Priceline is offering 10% off hotels if you book an Express Deal through their mobile app. Use code V5T78SXY at checkout. Deal ends on 7/25/13.

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2013

Use Priceline's mobile app to save big!

Use Priceline’s mobile app to save big!

 

 

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Coupon code for 5% off Priceline.com!

Here’s a great coupon code that I use over and over again! Save 5% on Priceline Express Deals bookings by using the coupon code READYSET5 through 6/3/13. Five percent might not seem like a lot, but it really adds up when booking multiple nights!

Want to learn how to score great deals through Priceline? Check out my previous blog post.

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2013

My dog enjoyed staying at a La Quinta recently. I got the room for $39 using the coupon code!

My dog enjoyed staying at a La Quinta recently. I got the 3-star room for $39 using Priceline’s coupon code!

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Coupon code for 5% off Priceline.com!

Here’s a great coupon code that I’ve used three times this month already! Save 5% on Priceline bookings by using the coupon code SPRING through 3/31/13. Five percent might not seem like a lot, but it really adds up when booking multiple nights!

Want to learn how to score great deals through Priceline? Check out my previous blog post.

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2013

My dog enjoyed staying at a La Quinta recently. I got the room for $39 using the coupon code!

My dog enjoyed staying at a La Quinta recently. I got the 3-star room for $39 using Priceline’s coupon code!

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Lodging options for less than $70/night!

Lodging can be one of the biggest expenses while on vacation. Luck for us, Yahoo! Finance’s Farnoosh Torabi spoke with Laura Michonski of Budget Travel to score tips on finding cheap lodging.

Here are a few of Laura’s favorite lodging options – all for less than $70 per night!

HotelTonight – an app downloaded to your smartphone that will help you search last minute deals for the same day.

CouchSurfing – a website that connects travelers with hosts offering a free place to crash.

ConTENTment Camping – a service that will set up a posh tent (complete with furniture), often near popular theme parks or music festival grounds.

Watch the video clip and read the article here.

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2013

Check out these low-cost options before you book your next hotel!

Check out these low-cost options before you book your next hotel!

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Save on hotels! Coupon code for 7% off Expedia bookings

Get ready to save on lodging!

Expedia has a great coupon code out right now- enjoy 7% off your hotel reservation by using code TRIPA7US5 at checkout.

Let me know what amazing deals you find!

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2012

Save 7% on lodging, such as Chicago's Hotel Felix, through Expedia's coupon code.

Save 7% on lodging, such as Chicago’s Hotel Felix, through Expedia’s coupon code.

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Travel coupon codes: save big!

Planning a getaway? Try booking online and using one of these coupon codes:

Best Western: 10% off with code “MVP” at checkout.

Travelocity: $100 off flight and hotel packages. Use code “RetailMeNot100” at checkout.

Southwest Vacations: $125 off flight and hotel packages. Use code “RMN125” at checkout.

Orbitz: $50 off Las Vegas flight and hotel packages. Use code “Vegas50” at checkout.

JetBlue Airways: $50 off flight and hotel packages. Use code “ThankYou” at checkout.

As expected, restrictions apply when using coupon codes. Be sure to read the fine print. These coupon codes were found through RetailMeNot. Visit their website to find more travel savings.

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2012

Looking to get away this summer? Save money by using a coupon code from Southwest Airlines. Photo courtesy of http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-20011748-10391704.html

Looking to get away this summer? Save money by using a coupon code from Southwest Airlines. Photo courtesy of http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-20011748-10391704.html

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Score free upgrades on airline seats, rental cars, hotel rooms

Here’s a great video clip from the TODAY show. Budget Travel‘s Marc Peyser visited the studio to share his tips on scoring free upgrades on airline seats, rental cars, and hotel rooms.

What’s the bottom line? Being friendly and considerate goes a long way! 

Watch the short segment to learn more: TODAY Travel – how to get a free upgrade

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2012

We scored a free upgrade on a rental car by arriving late - all of the tiny compact cars were rented so we were told to choose whatever we wanted from the entire lot. We chose a Jeep, which was perfect for exploring the Everglades!

We scored a free upgrade on a rental car by arriving late - all of the tiny compact cars were rented so we were told to choose whatever we wanted from the entire lot. We chose a Jeep, which was perfect for exploring the Everglades!

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AirBnB $25-off sale ends 3/31/12

AirBnB, an accommodations service that lists vacation properties, is having a sale!

Save $25 on any booking of $100 or more through the end of March. Use the code BESTVALUES at checkout.

Learn more about AirBnB’s amazing deals through my post: https://travelingsaver.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/cozy-cheap-vacation-rentals-through-airbnb/

Visit http://www.airbnb.com/ to search for your next vacation rental.

©Jessica Leigh Rosier 2012

The lanai of our AirBnB rental in the Florida Keys

The lanai of an AirBnB rental in Islamorada, FL

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Cozy, cheap vacation rentals through AirBnB

Have you heard about AirBnB? The accommodations service lists vacation rentals – at great prices – all over the world. I’ve used AirBnB twice and both times have been a tremendous success. In this post, I will share my personal AirBnB stories.

How does AirBnB work?

AirBnB’s website, http://www.airbnb.com/ , serves as a search engine. Type in your vacation destination and see the available properties. People who have second homes, cottages to rent, or an extra room can sign up to be a “host.” People like us – the tourists – can book these beautiful properties right on the website.

What’s so special about AirBnB?

Much savings can be had by booking a vacation rental through AirBnB and forgoing the standard hotel room. Perks such as free laundry or free parking (which can be costly in a city) often accompany the rental. Many AirBnB properties have kitchens so you can save money by cooking your own food instead of dining out.

Another perk of AirBnB is the personalized service. Property hosts often live on-site and will share little-known treasures and best kept secrets about the area. When searching for rental properties, you can communicate directly with the hosts via the website.

My AirBnB finds

AirBnB is always my first stop when planning a vacation. I’ve used them twice in the last year and been very pleased. My husband and I rented a cottage in the Florida Keys last spring. A room at one of the Keys’ mega-resorts would have cost us over $250 in the height of tourist season. We paid $115/night for this idyllic cottage. Here’s a link if you want to check it out: http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/15997

The lanai of our AirBnB rental in the Florida Keys

The lanai of our AirBnB rental in the Florida Keys

Decor at our AirBnB rental in the Florida Keys

Decor at our AirBnB rental in the Florida Keys

A month later, I rented an apartment in Seattle’s trendy Belltown neighborhood with friends. We were attending a conference and opted to find our own accommodations instead of paying $200/night at the conference hotel. Our rental was simple, but perfect and only $65/night. We especially enjoyed purchasing fresh fish at Pike Place Market to cook in the tiny kitchen. Here’s a link if you want to check it out: http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/6200

The Virginian, an AirBnB property in Seattle

The Virginian, an AirBnB property in Seattle

The fine print

Use common sense – check the property rules before booking – read the reviews – know the cancellation policy – research the neighborhood to make sure it’s safe.

Find your next vacation rental at http://www.airbnb.com/

©Jessica Leigh Rosier 2012

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Sleep like a celeb thanks to Priceline.com bidding

Among the seemingly hundreds of websites advertising discounted hotel rooms, Priceline.com is my favorite. I am partial to this website for one reason – the “Name Your Own Price” feature. In this blog post, I’ll share some of my recent Priceline.com bookings, give tips for placing a successful bid, and highlight positives and negatives.

My “Name Your Own Price” deals

Last winter, I booked three nights (Friday- Monday) at Chicago’s Hotel Felix for only $60 per night using Priceline.com. According to the hotel website, room prices begin at $136.80. That’s a savings of over $76 per night! This ultra-chic, 4-star boutique hotel is located steps from the Magnificent Mile and features locally made H2O bath products.

Chicago's Hotel Felix, $60/night.

Last August, I scored two rooms on a Wednesday night at Madison’s Crowne Plaza hotel for $50 each. Rooms typically start at $99.95, according to Crowne Plaza’s website. I saved over $49 per room by using Priceline.com’s “Name Your Own Price” feature. The three-star property has a remodeled lobby and pool area.

Madison's Crowne Plaza Hotel, $50/night on Priceline.com

Madison's Crowne Plaza Hotel, $50/night.

Last March, I booked a room at Miami’s Courtyard for $70 per night. We stayed here on a Sunday night. This is an especially good deal because we were at a Spring Break destination in the height of it all.  According to their website, rooms usually start at $149 so I saved $79 on this booking. The three-star property is close to the Miami International Airport and has an open-air lounge.

Miami's Courtyard hotel, $70/night. Photo courtesy of Marriott

Miami's Courtyard hotel, $70/night. Photo courtesy of Marriott.

How to successfully “Name Your Own Price”

Through much trial and error, I have come up with the following strategy for successfully bidding on Priceline.com using the “Name Your Own Price” feature.

1. Timing is everything. Don’t bid on a hotel three months ahead of time – you won’t get a great deal. The closer you book to your vacation, the better the deal. Hotels may have dozens of rooms to unload a week before your arrival and the prices will drop in correspondence. I don’t recommend waiting until 24 hours before check-in, though. Try bidding two weeks before your trip. Don’t worry if your bid isn’t accepted; try again the next day (Priceline will make you wait 24 hours).

2. Be persistent. Don’t get discouraged if your initial bid isn’t accepted, just try again tomorrow. They seem to adjust prices daily so yesterday’s rejected bid could be accepted today. Start again with your low bid and work your way up to your max bid. If that’s rejected, try again the next day…

3. Increase your bid by $5. When bidding on a hotel in a small/medium -sized city, I begin my bid at $50. If looking at hotels in large cities, I start at $60. If my initial bids are rejected, I increase them by $5.

4. Expand your geographic region. Priceline will let you choose your optimal geographic area when you bid. For example, when bidding on hotels in Chicago you can choose the Magnificent Mile area, the Loop area, the Lincoln Park area, etc. When bidding on Chicago hotels, I typically start by selecting the Magnificent Mile area and place my bid of $60. If that’s rejected, I expand my geographic area to include the Loop. If that $60 bid is rejected, I will lastly choose the Lincoln Park option.

5. Lower your expectations. Priceline will let you specify what type of property you’d like (4-star, 3-star, etc.). I always begin by bidding on 4-star properties. If my bids are getting rejected, I will lower my bids to include 3.5-star or 3-star properties. I have never had to book below at 3-star property, though.

Positives & Negatives of “Name Your Own Price”

I believe that the positive attributes of Priceline.com’s “Name Your Own Price” feature vastly outweigh the negatives. Nevertheless, I will share my thoughts so you can make an informed decision. Keep these things in mind when deciding if the “Name Your Own Price” feature is right for your next vacation.

Negatives:

1. You don’t know what property you’ll be assigned – only the geographic area and the star level.

2. You may end up having to pay for parking, depending on your hotel assignment.

3. The reservation is non-refundable and cannot be transferred.

4. The “Name Your Own Price” feature does not allow you to specify desired amenities, such as pools or on-site restaurants.

5. As a default setting, rooms are booked to accommodate two guests. This can be changed by calling the hotel directly after you book. This is only a hassle if you’re traveling with more than two people.

Positives: 

1. Four-star properties can be booked for a savings of 50% (or more)!

2. The “Name Your Own Price” feature has allowed me to stay at luxury properties on a budget.

3. The bidding process is exciting and fun!

Visit http://www.priceline.com/ to start bidding.

©Jessica Leigh Rosier 2012

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