Learn How to Bid Effectively On Priceline and Hotwire

You might be wondering how to use Priceline and Hotwire. If you regularly hop on travel research and review sites like TripAdvisor, you've more than likely come across reviews and forum posts bragging about the bargains travelers have netted through Priceline and Hotwire. These so-called "opaque" sites are not as straightforward as well-known sites like Expedia to purchase travel components from, however. The main thing to keep in mind is that when you bid, you will not know the exact hotel or flight time you will end up with, though you will be told quite a few other parameters prior to making your bid or purchase.

The best way to learn about Priceline and Hotwire is to:

1) Visit each site and read their Help sections to get the basics and rules down and then

2) To become a power-user of each site, you must, absolutely must, visit the following sites:

  • BidonTravel.com, which explains what makes Priceline and Hotwire different from other travel purchase sites AND provides excellent detailed strategies for bidding on and purchasing through Priceline and Hotwire.
  • BetterBidding.com, which provides tips for using Priceline and Hotwire plus, most importantly, has lists of recent winning bids for a multitude of cities.
So to learn to use Priceline and Hotwire, visit their sites and read their Help sections to learn the basics of how the sites work. Next, go to BidonTravel and read the strategies behind effectively bidding on both sites. Then, when it's time to try to bid, first go to BetterBidding and see what some recent winning bids have been in the destination you're targeting.

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