question about Priceline Free hotel stay

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#1
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Joined Jan 2008
We are planning a cruise in januari 2011. Priceline offers Exclusive Free Hotel Stay up to 2 nights for a specific cruise:
"This EXCLUSIVE offer is 2 trips for the price of 1. Book an Oceanview or higher stateroom category on select fleets - sail 5-6 nights and Priceline will give you a 1-Night Hotel Bonus Cash coupon or sail 7+ nights and we will give you a 2-Night Hotel Bonus Cash coupon! Enjoy your hotel stay before or after sailing - cruise deals simply do not get bigger than this."

I have booked hotels via Priceline, but what Hotel Bonus Cash coupon are we going to recieve and can we actually book 2 nights in a hotel ?
Or is it a kind of discount coupon ?
#4
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Joined Oct 2010
I noticed that offer from Priceline as well before we booked and considered it. I think they give you some kind of limited credit and then you have to go through the actual bid process to get your room.

Have you tried *************.com for cruise quotes? We got better offers than the Priceline deal when we used it and ultimately booked thru one of the TA's who responded.

Wow --censored--I though this forum was to help each other out?!
#5
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Joined Oct 2006
I booked a cruise during the WOW Sale for Royal Caribbean and went through Priceline as opposed to dealing directly with Royal. It was due in part to the OBC, Specialty Dining for 2, and the "2 Free Hotel Nights."

The offer is for two free hotel nights using "Priceline Bonus Cash" up to a value of $140.00 total. The "Bonus Cash" can only be used for the "Name Your Own Price Option."

The "Bonus Cash" is handled/sent from Priceline Hotels, which is a separate department from Priceline Cruises. I was told that the email from Priceline Hotels informing you how to "activate" and use the bonus cash will be sent
3-4 weeks before my sailing date, so for me, it'll be around the first or second week or December for my January 9th cruise.

The different reps at Priceline always seem to mention that you don't have to user the bonus cash right away, or that it doesnt have to be used in conjunction with the dates you're sailing. Well that's one of the main reasons why I booked with PL was to get the free hotel stay to save on cost!!!

As a note, I have always gotten bonus cash from PL from booking hotels in the past, and have used it for the name your own price option before, so it's pretty good to boost your bidding price. I currently have $25.00 sitting in my rewards/bonus account with PL. For my cruise the average hotel in Downtown Miami has been going for $95-$108, not including taxes or fees for 3 1/2 star or higher hotels, so I'll probably go through most of the bonus cash for one night.

Lastly, I'm looking into the Oasis or Allure for the end of August, and will probably be using PL again to get the free hotel night option, along with OBC.
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#6
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Originally posted by whosyer12
I noticed that offer from Priceline as well before we booked and considered it. I think they give you some kind of limited credit and then you have to go through the actual bid process to get your room.

Have you tried *************.com for cruise quotes? We got better offers than the Priceline deal when we used it and ultimately booked thru one of the TA's who responded.

Wow --censored--I though this forum was to help each other out?!
@whosyer: thanks for the reply. I am wondering what *****.com you were referring to. Can you sent me a Private message through this forum ?
#7
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Joined Jan 2008
@sjcruiser: Thank you for the information. On extra question:
If my bid on 2 hotel nights gets accepted for say $ 250 can I pay with the $ 140 Bonus Cash and the rest by creditcard ?
#8
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Joined Jul 2006
Last week booked our hotel via Priceline with the $140 bonus cash. As a previous poster mentioned you will get an email to activate the bonus cash. We sail in three weeks and recieved this email last week.

The lowest price you can bid is $1 per night and you are responsible for taxes and fees. So if you bid $1 for a two night stay your actual bid will be $71.00. Some bonus cash offers require a minimum night stay.

Bonus cash worked awesome for us. Our $40 bid per night plus taxes and fees for Miami Beach Holiday Inn was accepted for a three night stay beginning on Thanksgiving day.
#9
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Joined Oct 2006
I should be getting the bonus cash email voucher in the next week or so, so I decided to give a little more information on the process.

If you book the OVC or higher, 7 nights or longer cruise, you'll get the 2 night bonus cash offer up to $140.00 value. In the "fine print" you'll find that you have to bid on 2 consecutive nights, this is also confirmed my every rep I have talked to. Since I'm flying in the day before, I called PL and asked that the bonus cash be split into two different offers/vouchers, which they did after a little complaining in an authoritative tone. So I have I'll have two bonus cash offers/vouchers for $70.00 each to use on two separate occasions. Since I'm looking to stay at a 3.5* to 4* hotel in Downtown Miami, I'm willing to add another $30-$50 to my bid.

I'll post again after I get the email to validate, and use the bonus cash in bidding, and how I made out with my desired location, star # and price.

The only thing I don't like about this offer is that you have to wait 3-4 weeks before departure before they send the bonus cash to you. I like to have everything in place by now. I do have two backup hotels confirmed, which are cancellable. I'm flying into FLL, and want to use SAS shuttle, but can't book ground transportation until I have my hotel location with PL. I also have a one-way rental with Hertz, just in case, when I bid with PL, it's to late to book a shuttle.
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#10
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mhaverla, I got a little sidetracked, and meant to ask you a question before I started ranting and posting my message. lol

So, did your bonus cash email come in the fourth or third week prior to your trip? Was the email, and validation/activation pretty straight forward?

Thanks
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#11
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Yes, you can do this. I haven't done the email bonus offer, yet. They normally put $25.00 in my account about once or twice a quarter, and they add that to the hotel zone/* level I want. Most of the hotels I stay in are 3-4 stars, so most time I add $50.00 max, but Miami is a little more expensive since it's peak season. I've been searching a few other bidding sites, and the downtown locations have been going on average for $95-$108, although the prices have risen lately.
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#12
Nova Scotia,Canada
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I am so sorry to jump in here - but I am VERY confused

I have booked MANY Hotel rooms with name your price [Priceline] and I have seen the offers that priceline has offered for free rooms when you book a cruise with them...what I don't understand is : what is and How you get Bonus cash??
One of the posters said "they put $25. in their account once or twice a quarter" Can you explain this please.

Thanks so much
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#13
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I book hotels with Priceline for myself and family, roughly one or two rooms a quarter. During this time, if I check my rewards on PL.com, I'll have $20-$25 dollars in bonus cash to add to my bidding offers. Right now I have a $20 bonus cash and a $25 dollar bonus cash in my account to use for bidding on rooms of two nights or longer.
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#14
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WOW!! I am really confused as to why I don't have any. I booked 14 rooms last year alone...
Did you book your rooms on priceline[their regular prices] or did you put in your own price?
i've got an email into Priceline right now and am waiting on a reply about my status , hopefully all have some extra bucks soon LOL!
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#15
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Ive done both ways on PL. Sometimes I bidded as the hotel didn't matter, just the general vicinity, and other times I paid the regular price of I, or they needed a specific hotel. I don't know how they figure out who or when you get them, but they've never emailed me to let me know the bonus cash was in my account. I just signed on and it was there. As I mentioned before I had $25 in there earlier in the week, and then I has another $25.
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#16
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Good for you- glad someone is getting a surprise package when they log on.
Hopefully I'll get one someday too!
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#17
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Okay, I just got an email that says expect "the email" containing the bonus cash/hotel voucher offer. Thursday will be a month away from the cruise, so I'll post back with more information.

@copper6606, how did you make out with your email into PL?
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#18
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Priceline wrote back saying " Thank you for your inquiry and we will look into it and get back to you in 24 hours" -- NOTHING since???
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#19
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Joined Oct 2006
Today I made some changes to our travel plans. Instead of flying into FLL, we're going to fly into MCO instead (still the day before) the cruise. We're going to rent a car, visit family and then drive down to Miami later that evening/night. I was able to keep my rate with National Car when I changed airports also, so we'll be looking at MIA airport locations in place of downtown Miami, since we'll be arriving late night, and will need some place to lay our head. I still have LQ Airport East and the Courtyard MIA as backups.

With changing airports, SW made it easy. We're still on an early morning flight, the price was the same, and we kept our early bird check in for the new flight.

Since I know I'll be definitely renting a car now upon arrival, I contacted SAS for return transportion from the Port of Miami to FLL.

Still waiting on the cruise bonus cash from Priceline, but since we're going to be staying at the airport, I probably won't have to spend any of my own money.
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#20
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Date: January 8, 2011
Nights: 1
Location: Downtown Miami
Star: 4****
Offer #1: $70.00 Priceline Bonus Cash, plus $30.00. Total $100.00
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Date: January 8, 2011
Nights: 1
Location Downtown Miami + Miami Airport
Star: 4*** + 3.5***
Offer #2: $70.00 Priceline Bonus Cash, plus $30.00 Total $100.00
Rejected


Date: January 8, 2011
Number of nights: 1
Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott Airport South
Stars/Rating: 3***
Area: bid Miami Downtown, Miami Airport
Site: Priceline
Offer: $75.00
Taxes, Service Fees and Insurance: $27.87 Out of Pocket
Total: $97.87

Started with using the $70.00 PL Bonus Cash, increased bid by $5.00 to $75.00, and was accepted after about 10-15 minutes wait.
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