In this hypothetical situation, I want to book a 4-star hotel room in Denver. I specifically want to stay at a hotel downtown, so I can walk to and from a Rockies game at Coors Field. I start out by low-balling Priceline. After entering $20 as a bid, Priceline tells me, "Based on recent data, your price has almost no chance of being accepted." I disregard this message. As in the words of Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber, "So you're telling me there's a chance. Yeah!" Priceline will only let you make the same exact request once a day, although they will let you add areas or star levels to a request anytime. I'm stubborn. I still want to stay in a 4-star hotel in Denver. I wait until the next day, and up my bid by $5 the next day. I up my bid by about $5 each day until I have one accepted.
- I was able to stay at the Hyatt Regancy Tulsa through the duration of the NCAA basketball tournament at a price of $40 per night. Valet parking at the hotel was advertised at $15 for 24 hours, but I was not charged for it.
- I will be staying in two different 4-star hotels in Chicago at a rate of $60 per night. I couldn't ask for a better location. Both hotels sit next to the Chicago River, and are also just off Michigan Avenue.