Hotwire and Priceline from Chicago Seminars

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Here are the slides from Hotwire and Priceline that I did at the Chicago Seminars:

After proposing this topic, the amount of work required to attempt to clearly document booking travel through these sites increasingly dawned on me as the date approached. I was still taking screenshots the morning of the session. This is by far the most comprehensive piece I have seen on either website and hope it is useful. A miles and point audience stayed in their chairs for the full 90 minutes so I count that as a success.

There is a lot more to these sites than many realize. How about 6x rewards for airfare bookings on Priceline while still getting your status and miles?

I even challenged attendees to dump their dull metal credit cards and carry Shatner cards. Guaranteed conversation starter. Meet Trekkies the world over. If you are in the market for the Priceline Rewards Visa, which offers 5x cashback on most Priceline purchases and no annual fee, using my offer will support this blog.

Chicago Semimars 2013

See also my International Travel Bootcamp from opening night, and How to Book Rental Cars for Less co-presented with Million Mile Secrets.

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Rapid Travel Chai
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@Brandon – Hotwire explicitly states 24 hours as their policy. Priceline seems to be the same though does not explicitly put that on their website. As for rental cars in general, each agency would be different but for non-prepaid rentals I doubt you would be guaranteed a car that late, though they might honor it if they have cars, so best to call the location in advance of your new arrival. A voluntary flight change would be gray area, Hotwire/Priceline could in theory ask for proof or verify with the airline that it was involuntary. Things may be possible but… Read more »

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Brandon

Is it always allowed to pick up a car up to 24 hours late, or only with rental cars booked on Hotwire? In addition, if you voluntarily change your flight in an overbooked scenario, then would you be allowed to pick up a rental car more than 24 hours late or miss the first night of a hotel stay? Also, is that toll add-on in the Newark example mandatory or optional?

Rapid Travel Chai
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@Jamie – it was a delight to meet you in person.

Feel free to send feedback to the organizers, probably Howie at Frugal Travel Guy is best. Each year they try new things and want to make it a great experience for attendees.

Jamie
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Jamie

I did really enjoy the two talks of yours I went to. Next time I will have to make it to Steve Belkin’s talk. People certainly sounded entertained. This time around I went to mostly beginner talks. It was fun to see the people whose blogs I’ve been reading all this time. Next year I’ll hit more of the advanced talks. Since I live in the area it’s a no brainer for me to attend. It was a fun weekend. There was only one talk I went to that I didn’t particularly enjoy. Since I signed up for most of… Read more »

Rapid Travel Chai
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@Mr Cool – I am really tempted to try to take a car to help explore, however I could not find out any reliable information on the formalities and since I do not speak Russian, it seems to be asking for a lot more trouble than it is worth. I will take buses in and out and probably charter a taxi for a day to get to some out of the way spots. In Kalingrad I am flying (cheaply) on Air Baltic to Latvia to avoid the land borders since there are reports of often multi-hour waits since that is… Read more »

Jamie
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Jamie

Thanks for the slides. The talk was really interesting. Though I have to admit I was wondering what was so hilarious about the talk in the adjacent room. I’m too new to this stuff (and not cynical enough) to go to a talk about whether the game is almost over, though. Better to learn a few tricks about priceline/hotwire and just appreciate the way the game is right now.
It sounds like you’ve gotten some great deals. I can definitely see myself trying Priceline for our next car rental.

Mr. Cool
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Mr. Cool

very interesting slides.
gonna be using priceline to bid on a rental car in akhazia?

Fishing4Deals
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Thank you for putting together such a comprehensive presentation. Priceline rules!

Gene
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Gene

Another great presentation, thanks!

Ben
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Ben

Thanks, appreciated.

Ben
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Ben

I cannot see your slides on explorer nor on firefox, maybe I am the only one. But is there a way for you to embed a pdf?

Rapid Travel Chai
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@Ben – it may be security settings on your computer, best will be if you go direct to the presentation page on Slideshare and view or download the PDF version there, you can download on that page by clicking “save” at the top menu bar of the slide show. Sorry for the trouble.

Becky
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Great, comprehensive review. I use Priceline in particular quite frequently, but have given up on complex rebidding strategies. The two or three times I tried I ended up saving about $10/night on hotels for an hour of my time researching and bidding compared to where I would’ve bid to begin with. I may try the automated service you mentioned next time as an experiment. Thanks!

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