Eugene Cho

travel advice

as christmas draws near, my family and i are hoping to utilize the 10 vacation days we have left before it expires in the new year.  my church has been gracious in giving me several weeks each year.  anyway, i wanted to share with you some of the best resources for hotels we have used countless times and saved thousands of dollars.

we love traveling – both locally and nationally but with three kids, we do most of our traveling locally in the pacific northwest and have enjoyed the following places:  ashland, bend, portland, cannon beach, vancouver, bc, whistler, bellingham, lake chelan, and the olympic peninsula.  for most of the places we visit, we utilize priceline to make bids on hotels. 

there are two website that you should bookmark and explore:  bidding for travel and better bidding.  the former has more users, resources, but don’t be surprised to find tons of criticism of the moderator.  she’s unfortunately banned many users (ip addresses) including myself  for some reason.  these two websites give you info about which hotels are available in each area of the city, how to get instant free re-bids through priceline, and a list of recent winning bids on different hotels.  simply, they give you a strategy for your bidding – so you save as much money as possible and you have an idea which hotel you might get.  for example, two winters ago, we were able to enjoy a beautiful 4 star resort hotel in vancouver, bc (westin hotel) for $42/night.  that’s an incredible price and we’ve been able to enjoy this for hotels all around the country and a few places in the world.

lastly, if you do utilize this resource and go through priceline, you can choose save an additional 4% on your costs by accessing priceline through something like fatwallet.  check in out and hope it will save you some money.  traveling is becoming more and more expensive but we NEEd to find creative ways to still rest, rejuvenate, and enjoy the fun of exploring other cities and countries. 

Filed under: seattle, travel

One Response

  1. m@ says:

    Mean ‘Gene, thanks for the links; I’m sure I’ll have to peruse those if I become a poor grad student in the near future. 😉

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